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hahaha no, my gf has already sussed out it cant be done

the Alfa rear seat was another story.....there were even two tv screens back there

i had this mark on the roof lining since day 1, i used some of the interior shampoo with warm water and it came out. It looked like i made it worse initially as it went really dark when wet, but dried perfect after a while
 

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ill be giving the paint some love this weekend

my mate who is a detailer will be doing a light cut to remove the swirls i have accumulated over the past 5 months since my last wax

we'll be using Menzerna Final Finish, their lightest abbrassive, to remove the swirls

im going with a top quality carnauba this time, P21S. I love Zaino, and still is the no.1 wax out there, but its just too strong. When i get swirls or light scratches, i cant remove them by hand with some Farecla G10 or Menzerna FP because you simply cant generate enough rpm/heat with your hand to cut through the Zaino. So i figure, with a carnauba, i can spot swirl remove whenever i want, and just wipe some P21S over the panel again when im done.

P21S would have to be one of the best carnaubas on the market atm, it doesnt chalk up, doesnt stain rubbers, offers best durability, and can be layered (though not as much as zaino)

will post pics when the car's finished
 

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Can anyone tell me where in Perth I can buy "wheel wax"?
Or any other recomendations on cleaning/polishing clearcoat wheels.
My wheels arrived from Japan yesterday and I want to get them clean and protected before fitting
Here's a pic of them
 

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u dont want to use a metal polisher on clear coat wheels or ull strip the clear coat off

use a soft abbrassive with very high quality abbrassives, something like Menzerna Final Polish or Farecla G10. And just have some patience. You're better off applying a few coats with a soft cutter than attacking them with a heavy cutter that will leave marring

as for wheel wax, its a wank. Its a carnauba based product, and carnauba at the temps the wheels get to just melts off - only the very best most purest carnaubas last max 6-8 washes on paint let alone wheels. Id go for a synthetic wax like Zaino Z2-Pro or an acrylic like Klasse AIO or Polylack Nano Seal. This will last a sh!t load longer. I layered 8 coats of Zaino Z2-Pro on my wheels, and most of the brake dust just hoses off. It also prevents dust sticking just like wheel wax
 

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Anyone know if the Roadster soft top is vinyl or fabric?? I'm looking for a protectant...
 

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I personally use all Autoglym products for my car as the previous owner did as well, and all I can say is i'm amazed. Gives an excellent finish no matter which product. I've just acquired their new Deep Gloss Polish for Dark colours, and the finish its simply outstanding.
Although I've found the material on the doors is a bit hard to clean, especially on the bottom of the door where there are a couple of feet scrapes. Any ideas on what should remove them if possible, maybe i'm just not using enough shampoo lol.
 

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what Zymol wax do you use Peter?

my detailer mate used the Zymol Glasure on my dads metallic black 996 TT S and i couldnt see any difference to the P21S, other than slightly better beading on the Zymol side

the hand application was a biatch

i wouldnt rank anything off the shelf at Autobarn a second place, there are heaps of better products out there, its just most are put off by the seemingly high price. A tub of P21S will cost you 50 odd bucks vs a bottle of Meguairs at 30, yet the Meguairs will get you 4 coats max, and the P21S will last you a lifetime

i definitely recommend the P21S, application is just too easy, wipe on, immediately wipe off, zero residue
 

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Whats the best materials to use for applying all these magic lotions ?
Does everyone just use terry cloth (soft towel), or microfibre ?

e.g. Windows -> Cleaner: Windex --> Applicant: paper towels via hand application
Paint Polish -> Cleaner: autoglym dark gloss / p21s wax --> applicant --> terry cloth / microfibre towels via hand application

Also is anyone clued up about cleaning the under body of the car.
What materials are best for this ?
 

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hey guys, I am a newbie here, I was just wondering what you all use on the leather, I am under the impression that most of the leather cleaners and protectors tend to destroy the leather...
 

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Hi Guys,
I have a black 06 Z, with tan leather interior.

I've had my Z for just over a year. The products I use are:

Outside
Meguiars NXT gen wax (Great wet look - excellent reflections off a black car, but bottle does not last long - I use it on the wheels as well, it works better than the actual wheel cleaner)
Auto Glym Body Wash
Meguiars Window Cleaner

Inside
Auto Glym Plastic Spray (Not too shiny, so the plastic doesn't look cheap, very happy with it. I also use it on the Outside plastic - it doesn't streak much)
Auto Glym Leather Cleaner
Auto Glym Leather Cleaner

Long term I feel that the Z may start to look old of you don't keep the inside maintained due to the amount of plastic, which is why I put the effort in to do the inside every 2-3 months, depending on the time it spends in the sun).

Thanks,

Diren
 

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Hi Guys,
I have a black 06 Z, with tan leather interior.

I've had my Z for just over a year. The products I use are:

Outside
Meguiars NXT gen wax (Great wet look - excellent reflections off a black car, but bottle does not last long - I use it on the wheels as well, it works better than the actual wheel cleaner)
Auto Glym Body Wash
Meguiars Window Cleaner

Inside
Auto Glym Plastic Spray (Not too shiny, so the plastic doesn't look cheap, very happy with it. I also use it on the Outside plastic - it doesn't streak much)
Auto Glym Leather Cleaner
Auto Glym Leather Shampoo/Conditioner

Long term I feel that the Z may start to look old of you don't keep the inside maintained due to the amount of plastic, which is why I put the effort in to do the inside every 2-3 months, depending on the time it spends in the sun).

Thanks,

Diren
 

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Hi guys. I'm a newbie here. I've read the previous posts and I'm hearing alot of good feedback with Zaino. I was just wondering what kind of Zaino should I be looking for and what's the cheapest place to get the stuff?
 

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Hi All,

Thought I would throw in my 2 cents in this thread.

Typically the commercial brands such as Autoglym and Meguiars are very good and popular as they are well priced, however after owning 8 cars in the short time that I have been driving I can honestly say that the best of the best stuff that you can buy would be "Swissvax" which was previously known as "Swissol".

The reason why I recommend these guys is their products are well known across the globe and are used by companies such as BMW, Lexus, Ferrari, Alfa, Nissan, Mercedez-Benz and Audi on their high-end model cars prior to the owner taking delivery. Given that the product is very expensive there are huge advantages in buying Swissvax WAX - as an example, it is very rare that you would find over 55% of genuine Carnauba wax by volume in any other wax.....If you are wanting that DEEP, WET LOOK that lasts for a long time, then I would recommend strongly looking at the Swissvax range (if the budget is placed well to purchase a wax that costs $200 to $1299)

I have also found their Leather products to be the most outstanding that I have ever used, my 350Z leather is like it was when I first purchased the car purely because I have been using their leather products from the very beginning. That is a hard statement to make especially when my 350Z is a roadster...but I can back it up.

My car is never garaged and is never under a car port so it faces all the obstacles of nature each day and is still a fine shiny machine. :)

All in all here is what I use:

Interior - Swissvax Leather Cleaner & Poorboys Interior care (It's a good product Poorboys)
Exterior - Swissvax Saphir Wax & Swissvax pre-cleaner fluid - I also use Zaino Clay Kit to remove all dirt and grime off the car prior to using the pre-cleaner fluid. In addition to this, I also use the Swissvax car bath which is absolutely sensational - works like a charm and the cars honestly looks amazing.


Lastly - I had Mark comes out to detail my car a few months back and when he arrived the first thing he said to me was "Are we detailing the right car? This car is in amazing condition for it's age, how long have you had it for?" - My reply was 4 years and he was shocked to see the paint in such good condition. The detail which typically takes 6 hours to do, took 2 hours...which is a true testimate to the Swissvax product line up which I have been using for years.

If you feel that Swissvax is a little over-priced (which can easily be the perception that most people would have) stick to Zaino, Poorboy, Wolfgan or Pinnacle - they are also outstanding products which most professional detailers use and a priced well.

I purchase most of my stuff at www.waxit.com.au or www.carcareproducts.com.au - they seem to be the best priced out of most of the other sites that I have been to, however if you do find the products cheaper, please feel free to let me know from where. :)

If you have a Roadster like me, then ensure you purchase the 303 stuff as that truely keeps the roof in top notch condition.

Rule of thumb for the newbies out there - Always polish and wax your car in shade, never in the sun. Try to stay away from "shiny" interior cleaning products and always clean your wheels with car soap and water....stay away from Acid like products. If you follow these rules, you will minimise the damage you can do when detailing or polishing your car.


Cheers.
 
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