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Par@dox
post Mar 14 2019, 10:24 PM

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QUOTE(static_365 @ Mar 14 2019, 10:24 AM)
Haha , i just simply buy. Dont know what product is good. hopefully this brand is good enough.

Anyway, I have watch some youtube video, mostly all of them are using 2 bucket method for washing car. But my question is, where to find the car wash grit bucket that can fit nicely on my bucket .. i look at Ace hardware, DIY , Aeon , Tesco .. didn't manage to get it  cry.gif

For plus wash mitt. Any brand will do? as i look at meguiars brand and the price is WOW ... expensive
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I prefer using plush MF towels to clean my car rather than a wash mitt. I have the meg's wash mitt but still prefer to use the towels.

When the towel is wet with shampoo, they fluffed up slightly like a sponge.

Something like this :-
MF towels

I use 2 bucket method as well, but not in the conventional way. Instead, I just 5-6 of those MF towels to clean my car. I start by putting all of them into my wash bucket (that has the shampoo). As I use them one-by-one to wipe my car (which will be lathered with shampoo suds to provide maximum lubrication) and as they become dirty, I set them aside in another bucket rather than putting them into the wash bucket. Once all the towels are used up, I wash all the towels together thoroughly before reintroducing them back into the wash bucket, and repeat the process. Usually, I will only need wash the lot once, or at most, twice, before I am done with the whole car. I find that with this method, it is super safe, with the least chance of any sediments / dirt getting stuck in the towels which can cause marring / scratches.

Also, with the above method, grit guards are not necessary. I don't find them particularly useful. If you want to get some, you should be able to find affordable ones on shopee.

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V429
post Mar 14 2019, 11:04 PM

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Interesting. The way you do it sounds almost like you are using ONR. Haha.

QUOTE(Par@dox @ Mar 14 2019, 10:24 PM)
I prefer using plush MF towels to clean my car rather than a wash mitt. I have the meg's wash mitt but still prefer to use the towels.

When the towel is wet with shampoo, they fluffed up slightly like a sponge.

Something like this :-
MF towels

I use 2 bucket method as well, but not in the conventional way. Instead, I just 5-6 of those MF towels to clean my car. I start by putting all of them into my wash bucket (that has the shampoo). As I use them one-by-one to wipe my car (which will be lathered with shampoo suds to provide maximum lubrication) and they become dirty, I set them aside in another bucket rather than putting them into the wash bucket. Once all the towels are used up, I wash all the towels together thoroughly before reintroducing them back into the wash bucket, and repeat the process. Usually, I will only need wash the lot once, or at most, twice, before I am done with the whole car. I find that with this method, it is super safe, with the least chance of any sediments / dirt getting stuck in the towels which can cause marring / scratches.

Also, with the above method, grit guards are not necessary. I don't find them particularly useful. If you want to get some, you should be able to find affordable ones on shopee.
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post Mar 14 2019, 11:20 PM

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QUOTE(V429 @ Mar 14 2019, 11:04 PM)
Interesting. The way you do it sounds almost like you are using ONR. Haha.
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Yeah.. was waiting for someone to notice. I adapted the approach from the ONR method. smile.gif

Although I do use ONR, I still very much prefer using car shampoo for full washes. It just feels cleaner and safer.

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post Mar 15 2019, 12:27 AM

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Actually there has been many debates about the logic and practicality of 2 bucket wash methods. The original assumption had always been that doing the 2 bucket with grit guards will minimize the chance of dirt from a different section being dragged on other sections and scratching. However, there is always the probability of some dirt being already trapped on existing wash mitt and did not come off in both buckets and thus continue its ride in the mitt and marring the paint.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuxWadJygkU

I find for those looking for alternative methods, this is one definitely worth to consider.
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post Mar 15 2019, 02:06 AM

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Will try 2 bucket washes.
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post Mar 15 2019, 09:48 AM

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QUOTE(blurcase @ Mar 15 2019, 12:27 AM)
Actually there has been many debates about the logic and practicality of 2 bucket wash methods. The original assumption had always been that doing the 2 bucket with grit guards will minimize the chance of dirt from a different section being dragged on other sections and scratching. However, there is always the probability of some dirt being already trapped on existing wash mitt and did not come off in both buckets and thus continue its ride in the mitt and marring the paint.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuxWadJygkU

I find for those looking for alternative methods, this is one definitely worth to consider.
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Loose dirt will still float on top on the suds.
Squeezing the mitt dry very important step
Water will help to flush it out a bit.
Idea is not to swirl free the washing, but to minimise

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post Mar 15 2019, 10:30 AM

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Hey guys, just to share, saw Carpro on Shopee offering 20% discounts on some of their products.

Btw, Bro Slk, I remember you mentioned Axia's paint is quite thin. Any advice on how to polish it?
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post Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM

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QUOTE(V429 @ Mar 15 2019, 10:30 AM)
Hey guys, just to share, saw Carpro on Shopee offering 20% discounts on some of their products.

Btw, Bro Slk, I remember you mentioned Axia's paint is quite thin. Any advice on how to polish it?
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i punctured the paint while trying to buff off this :

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I AIO-ed the car only : https://www.facebook.com/johari.razali.5/me...01464279&type=3
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post Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM

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Hi sifus, what solution could be use to clean double sided tape on car paint. It could be removed by scrubbing using hand but afraid will scratch the paint, what solvent could used without hurting the paint?
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post Mar 15 2019, 11:01 AM

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QUOTE(#Victor @ Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM)
Hi sifus, what solution could be use to clean double sided tape on car paint. It could be removed by scrubbing using hand but afraid will scratch the paint, what solvent could used without hurting the paint?
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soak with WD40
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post Mar 15 2019, 11:23 AM

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QUOTE(slk @ Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM)
i punctured the paint while trying to buff off this :

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I AIO-ed the car only : https://www.facebook.com/johari.razali.5/me...01464279&type=3
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I see.. Seems for Axia paint can only AiO and light polish eih? Unless repaint a thicker paint. Hmm.. Thanks for sharing.

Accidentally scratched my Axia's paint while removing bird poop. Seems like there's seed in the poop. Sakit...
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post Mar 15 2019, 11:25 AM

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QUOTE(slk @ Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM)
i punctured the paint while trying to buff off this :

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I AIO-ed the car only : https://www.facebook.com/johari.razali.5/me...01464279&type=3
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Could it be just specific to the bumper section? I had a similar experience where my wife Altis paint between the metal body panels and bumper panels seem to be abit different and the bumper part is softer, hence harder to finish than the other body panels.

QUOTE(#Victor @ Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM)
Hi sifus, what solution could be use to clean double sided tape on car paint. It could be removed by scrubbing using hand but afraid will scratch the paint, what solvent could used without hurting the paint?
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My go to is Zippo lighter fluid. Great for cleaning most light glue marks and whatnots, doesnt require washing after as it evaporates like alcohol.
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QUOTE(slk @ Mar 15 2019, 10:56 AM)
i punctured the paint while trying to buff off this :

user posted image

I AIO-ed the car only : https://www.facebook.com/johari.razali.5/me...01464279&type=3
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Have you tried carpro essence aio towards those kind of paint? this aio filler is amazing since it is base on sio2
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post Mar 15 2019, 12:53 PM

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QUOTE(V429 @ Mar 15 2019, 10:30 AM)
Hey guys, just to share, saw Carpro on Shopee offering 20% discounts on some of their products.
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I think they sell at the same price on Lazada as well (for some reason, 500ml Reload is cheaper on Lazada at the moment). If same price, I prefer to buy via Lazada because of the hassle free return policy.
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post Mar 15 2019, 03:02 PM

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QUOTE(V429 @ Mar 15 2019, 11:23 AM)
I see.. Seems for Axia paint can only AiO and light polish eih? Unless repaint a thicker paint. Hmm.. Thanks for sharing.

Accidentally scratched my Axia's paint while removing bird poop. Seems like there's seed in the poop. Sakit...
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check with PTG... i cant remember where i store the readings of the paint thickness
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QUOTE(blurcase @ Mar 15 2019, 11:25 AM)
Could it be just specific to the bumper section? I had a similar experience where my wife Altis paint between the metal body panels and bumper panels seem to be abit different and the bumper part is softer, hence harder to finish than the other body panels.
My go to is Zippo lighter fluid. Great for cleaning most light glue marks and whatnots, doesnt require washing after as it evaporates like alcohol.
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Bumper (plastic) normally heats up faster than metal panels and it cannot dissipate/spread the heat... i've punctured a Saga too due to that 9 years ago biggrin.gif

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post Mar 15 2019, 04:08 PM

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QUOTE(quackpack @ Mar 15 2019, 12:18 PM)
Have you tried carpro essence aio towards those kind of paint? this aio filler is amazing since it is base on sio2
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i dont like them both... especially essence plus... once you AIO a coating, there will be swirls & marrings.
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post Mar 16 2019, 09:51 PM

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Guys, I need help. Last Sunday, those guys with grass cutting machine cut grass right in front of my car, so front of my car is full of small grass pieces. I unfortunately underestimate them and didn't do anything immediately, so now they are dried on my car paint.

I tried to wash them off today and to my horror they didn't come off even after using wash mitt + car shampoo, turtlewax bug & tar remover (I used this out of desperation) and even medium strength dilution of APC foam.

Any idea how I can safely get rid of dried grass off car paint?
Edit : one forum suggested claybar, I think I probably will have to resort to using this.. Right?

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post Mar 16 2019, 11:00 PM

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QUOTE(V429 @ Mar 16 2019, 09:51 PM)
Guys, I need help. Last Sunday, those guys with grass cutting machine cut grass right in front of my car, so front of my car is full of small grass pieces. I unfortunately underestimate them and didn't do anything immediately, so now they are dried on my car paint.

I tried to wash them off today and to my horror they didn't come off even after using wash mitt + car shampoo, turtlewax bug & tar remover (I used this out of desperation) and even medium strength dilution of APC foam.

Any idea how I can safely get rid of dried grass off car paint?
Edit : one forum suggested claybar, I think I probably will have to resort to using this.. Right?
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I have 2-3 more suggestions before going into claying:

1) Zippo lighter fluid / IPA, both solvent thats great when cleaning off glue stains, might help with ur grass
2) WD40, this I have not tried before but bro slk have recommended this a few times on other occassions
3) Sticky tape, stick on and pull off, see if it comes off.

If all these dont work and claying is your only option left, then I suggest doing it with care. Every piece that gets pulled out with claybar will drag onto other parts of the car u clay and potentially scratch. Not to mention also with such chunky pieces loading into your claybar, it may render your claybar eventually useless in the future. I would suggest tearing a small piece out to try it first instead of committing an entire piece in.
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post Mar 17 2019, 12:23 AM

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Thanks for the quick reply. Diluted IPA & stick tape doesn't work in my case. Don't have zippo lighter fluid and WD40 right now, considering to go buy then tomorrow... Or maybe just straight clay it. Decide tomorrow. Haha

QUOTE(blurcase @ Mar 16 2019, 11:00 PM)
I have 2-3 more suggestions before going into claying:

1) Zippo lighter fluid / IPA, both solvent thats great when cleaning off glue stains, might help with ur grass
2) WD40, this I have not tried before but bro slk have recommended this a few times on other occassions
3) Sticky tape, stick on and pull off, see if it comes off.

If all these dont work and claying is your only option left, then I suggest doing it with care. Every piece that gets pulled out with claybar will drag onto other parts of the car u clay and potentially scratch. Not to mention also with such chunky pieces loading into your claybar, it may render your claybar eventually useless in the future. I would suggest tearing a small piece out to try it first instead of committing an entire piece in.
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