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Discussion in 'Linea 1.4 Fire' started by VahanPujari, May 16, 2010.

  1. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Its a draining but ultimately rewarding job.

    Had you scrubbed clean the outside of the tyres and the wheel wells, the dazzling effect would've magnified.
  2. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Somehow I never could made up my mind for cleaning tyres with tyre shampoo's and all, though many a times I thought of buying tyre dressers. How do I reach to tyre dressing when I had to leave hood behind while waxing and I did this waxing after almost 1 - 1.5 year? However, I agree with you. A well dressed / shampoo'ed tyres give a killer look to the car.
  3. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Tyre dressing is too much Pujari ji

    Take a rough cloth ( preferably a handheld clothes washing kind brush) , any surf and rub the tyres with a good effort. Splash water and you're done.

    All that tyre wax and this and that is just consumerism at play.

    Gurjinder.
  4. Cinju

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    @VahanPujari ..No pain no gain...as simple as that..Your hard work shows it..One thing I would like to highlight is as per the experts, we should start from the roof /upper hood and come down, but you seem to be doing it the other way..If you start from the bottom and go upwards, you are likely to touch the polished /waxed parts and it will be an extra work for you. Next thing I liked most is the board which is hung on the gate. 'No Parking ' hi hi ..I think for a 25 month old (new) car you could have even tried clay bar, swirl remover, glaze & finally waxing. (I am not an expert in this..Just some reading knowledge..) .Really appreciate your effort. Hand waxing is a tough job..it will be even tougher if the wax is on the harder side..
  5. teky

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    Great Job there VahanPujari, Curious to know why you didn't polish the bumpers.

    Also get the alloys polished as well, Looks like it's lacking in luster. If you could have washed the tyre as well it would look like a showroom piece (At least in pictures :)

    As Cinju suggested why not do claying & polishing before applying Wax, Your Linea will be even shining.
  6. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    Nice work there. The car would look spanking new if the tyres got the tyre shine as well. ;) I know its hard work, but hard work always pays you see.

    Cheers.
  7. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Guys,

    Tyres I had left for the washer guy to clean ;)

    Want to share brief background on why certain limitations. Since last 1 year, it has been quite hectic at work. Mumbai B2B traffic does not help either. In the evening it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach back home at around 9 - 9.30 pm feeling dead tired of continuous clutch-brake application. So, weekends are like the perfect dream to rest. And driving pleasure of Linea is not allowing me to re-hire the driver I had earlier. So, for over a year, this has limited my waxing application ritual of every 1 or 2 months to almost nil & hence I went for 3M Paint Protection a year back.

    Yes. The process should start from hood & followed by other parts. When starting the "DIY - Car Care" thread I had explained it in the beginning with sequence of car detailing including washing, claying, waxing, polishing, sealants etc etc.

    However, when I started I was sure that I would be able to do only a part and not full car. Ideally, waxing should be done early morning just after washing. But again due to certain limitations as I mentioned in earlier posts, I started it at noon ! So, I went priority wise. Started with bonnet as I was feeling that I would have to leave it after doing bonnet & there was actually a great urge to leave after waxing the bonnet. Last I had to leave hood & bumpers.

    Now I'm looking forward to target the process of waxing to finish in 1 hour max. Then it can be done every month.

    But, let me tell you. The car body surface feels silky smooth after waxing :):) & this time around I applied very thin coat of wax to minimise the efforts of buffing.

    PS: Am seriously reconsidering hiring the driver. No other alternative in Mumbai.:mad:
    Last edited: May 19, 2011
  8. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Drove to Lonavala on 22nd May for Lunch. Went to Big Wheels Motoring Cafe as wanted to take my son there who is absolutely crazy on cars !!

    On the way back, clicked following pics :mrgreen:

    Before looking at pics, pls keep in mind that my Car is a PETROL Linea :mrgreen:

    2011-05-27_BB014.jpg
    2011-05-27_BB016.jpg

    Its that famous patch after Khandala on the ghat with many downhill slopes. But still 46.8 kmpl ?? And AC was ON continuously as it was 5 p.m. & hot !!
  9. Viny

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    :)
    Entire downhill track could give you that kind of figures :D
    I have seen close to 49-50 too.
  10. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    Vahanpujariji, Very encouraging figures.Does that 11 km include ups and downs? What I have observed in my punto is that(petrol) pressing -releasing -pressing type driving gives good FE without much compramising on speed. What was the speed that you were travelling?

    What happened to the scratches on your bonnet? did you give it for painting?

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