Exhaustive Guide: Car Detailing Basics


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Typically, how long does it last on wheels?
I have indicated already:
Don’t expect super durability as it depends upon the road on which you are driving and the way you park, mine was okay for 2 to 3 weeks.
MY OBSERVATIONS:
The semi glossiness coat disappears within 24 hrs. but maintains the matt finish. The water repellent coat helps easy to clean the surface by a MF Brush. The matt finish long last at least for three weeks.
I normally never wash the car often as the usage is very less, go out locally once in a week now a day.
Honestly, it need not be the same for every one as it depends upon the brand and intensity of the black in the tyres, the kind of road used, frequency of usage, temperature, and the age of the rubber. For Dash, it depends upon driving whether - always windows closed or opened while driving and parking in the sun.

Overall it is a good product, value for money.

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REVIEW: 3M Auto Specialty Shampoo (500 ml)

I have recently purchase this one and tried.
I have used the following car shampoos so far and my experience herewith:
Amway Car Shampoo – Good ***
Muc Off – Excellent *****
Sonax Gloss - Very Good****
Ecstar Gloss Shampoo (Maruthi OE) – Very Good****
3M Auto Specialty- Good ***

Observations: 3M Disappointed.
Maruthi OE Ecstar Gloss Shampoo is better as it is the same as SONAX Gloss rebottled /rebranded (Read Label), incase if the original SONAX Gloss Shampoo is not available.


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NOTE:
It's my personal experience while using a good corporation water, and without prejudice.
Your experience please be shared.
 
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Formula Black Gold Tire Shine

I purchased this tyre shine spray from Amazon last week

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Just to test the result, I just applied on my car tyres (just as it was, without cleaning of the tyres) and it looks good. The photo taken today, i.e. after 7 days from the application.

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I think will get more shining if apply the product after cleaning (water wash) the tyre properly (as recommended by the manufacturers)

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Formula Black Gold Tire Shine
I purchased this tyre shine spray from Amazon last week
Excellent Choice.

I tried so far three different Tire Shine / Polishing products.

This is my observations, without any prejudice, over its:
1. Cleaning Property,
2. In giving a Good Look (Wet or Matte finish) ,
3. Shinning Longevity,
4. Non-Dust Magnetic Quality,
5. Rubber Friendly, and
6. Value.

I did after cleaning prior the tires by spraying,wiping & drying with diluted Vim Dish Wash Liquid Gel Lemon.
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CAR DETAILING LIKE A PRO

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This time I have decided to do detailing of my car with a DA Polisher. I could learn to handle it and the steps practically at Mark’s Detailing Workstation in Australia.

Initially, I felt the vibration all over my body and then, learnt to control the speed of DA Polisher and the right way of detailing a car with these tools.

I got from Australia, a kit comprising of
  • ToolPRO DA Polisher (Chinese make, but complying Australian norms)
  • RUPES DA FINE Polishing Compound (Italian Product)
  • RUPES DA COARSE Polishing Compound (Italian Product)
  • Maguire’s Foam Cutting Disc
  • Maguire’s MF Finishing Disc
  • Maguire’s Polishing cloths
  • COLLINITE 845 wax
  • CARPRO ECH2O
  • Complimentary Maguire’s Bag
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FIRST DAY

PAINT PREPARATION:
  • Washed the car with SONAX Gloss Shampoo Concentrate.
  • Clayed the car completely using BILT HAMBER soft clay bar (my old stock) & WAVEX Clay Bar, using PROKLEAR CX as lubricant.
  • Washed the car with SONAX Gloss Shampoo Concentrate to clear the residue remains on vehicle before it gets dry.
PAINT CORRECTION:
  • Checked the sample of RUPES DA COARSE & RUPES DA FINE Polishing Compound on two different spots on the car paint, using Different Maguire’s Disc pads & DA Polisher. This VIDEO helped me a lot .
Selected ‘FINE’ for my IGNIS GG (less than a year-old car) and ‘COARSE’ for IGNIS UR (about 5 years old) after satisfying over the results how the paint surface looks clean, swirl free and sparkling.
  • Wiped the surface thoroughly with MF cloth and with diluted IPA- Isopropyl Alcohol. Checked with LEDs Torch reflection for flawless surface.
PAINT PROTECTION: ( Did it by Hand , as I felt Noise free, Relaxing and Comfortable [:D] )
  • Protected the corrected surface with SONAX BD as sealant. allowed to dry and covered the car.

SECOND DAY
  • Removed the cover, cleaned the car with JOPASU Duster and MF Cloth. Applied Collinite Wax (after 12 hours of previous step - Sealant)
THIRD DAY
  • Applied second coat of Collinite Wax after 24 hours
THEREAFTER
  • Cleaned the surface with PROKLEAR CX, applied Formula 1 High Performance Carnauba Car Wax (My old stock) after 72 hours.

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE:

Cleaning with JOPASU duster every day and PROKLEAR once in a week and topping up with Formula 1 High Performance Carnauba Car Wax once in a month.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Every step needs careful planning, patience, and curing time and dust free environment or at least, protection from external dust during in-between steps by covering the car with car cover. Of course, wiping by MF Cloth during next step.
  • Wheels were washed & cleaned along with car body. Tires were applied WAVEX Tyre Polish. Black Alloy wheels were cleaned by wiping with PROKLEAR CX (No spraying)
  • I just tried the famous & expensive CARPRO ECH2O, but still satisfied with our Value for Money INDIAN Brand PROKLEAR CX as Rinse less/Waterless Auto Wash, also as a Quick Detailer for normal use.
  • Maguire’s Polishing cloths, to me it’s nothing extra ordinary, just 80:20 = Polyester: Polyamide. I felt our Indian WAVEX & SOFTSPUN are better and VFM.
  • After polishing, I did not use any extra GLAZING compounds as I felt the polishing liquid itself has everything as AIO (All in ONE). Also, I used SONAX BSD as sealant and then Collinite 845 as LSP (Last Step Product)

I did detailing of two of our cars and, share the pictures here:

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DISCLAIMER:
This article reflects my personal Observations and Experience, nothing out of sponsored support. Any trial at your side requires a testing in a safe spot before proceeding for complete detailing process, as many factors are influential for a better result ... like clean environment, outside temperature, good water, curing time, present paint condition, your interest and patience apart from the materials that you use.

Bye,[drive]
 
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I MISSED:

One important step that need to be done while preparing for detailing a car is using a Masking tape to apply to sensitive surfaces, as it helps to prevent polish from getting onto surfaces and damages to rubber beadings, seal and fiber claddings by the polisher as well.

I have brought this tape, SCOTCH blue 2090 and used. I also wiped/removed the Formula 1 Carnauba Car Wax immediately before it gets dried over such areas. (I felt, 3M Specialty Cream Wax dry up faster than formula.)
I have polished all black external trims by using Maguire's Natural Shine Protectant.

READ MORE: If you are interested to know more about CAR POLISHERS – DA vs ROTARY, please don’t be missed to read CRACING’s THREAD.

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