1M's back from the Car Detailer. Photos taken are not edited for color brightness/etc this time like I usually do for my past photos. Just to show how the swirl-marks and waterspots are already gone!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Car washing guide
So I would like to share a little bit with my experience of car-wash techniques and taking care of the paint.
To start, I'm actually a car-care detailing freak to be honest. The car I'm driving is hard to start with actually as there were so much swirl-marks, deep scratches and some sand-blasting on it. I tried alot of different techniques to remove it, and with some help from the Internet and the people I know.. I might just restore this piece of it's paint back to it's old shiny-condition I hope!
--------------------The Rules:(Droppings, insects, etc)
I know we all hate bird droppings, langgar insects time Magrib and such when it lands on our car. It's ugly, berigali and mana-mana lah. Its inevitable when a bird dropping gets landed on your shiny paint, but if it does happen.. Get this in your head - CLEAN IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! 24-48 Hours in that time period before that particular spot gets damaged by the acid from the dropping and leaving it enough time to eat the clearcoat away! Anything more than that, don't bother trying to clean it with generic soap and sponge. It won't happen! Use a proper polishing/waxing techniques to remove it.(Use proper dry-cloths)
Some people use those tuala mandi (and mostly at Carwash di Gadong) to dry off the car. Well guess what, these types of towels are the main contribution of swirl-marks you get on the paint. The surface of the towel is not dry-cloth specific and could even trap sand/small stones between the surface. You don't want to imagine what happens when you wipe off the whole car with these contained in the towel.
If possible, get at least 3-4 proper dryclothes. There's alot of good ones I saw in our Supermarket, (PPG, Meguiars, Turtlewax) rather than those generic $1 towels. Personally I use PPG myself, but I only have one so I had to dry and wash the towel everytime at least to dry the surface of my car.(Waxing)
The cheapest and the quickest way to restore back the shine of your car are usually applying a protective film which we either apply it by hand, or by machine.. is Waxing. I would recommend waxing at least once a month to protect the clear coat. And no, waxing does not eat away your clear coat. It's not abrasive, and does not 'levels' deep scratches to even out and so-called remove the swirl marks (Polishing does). Most waxes has a 'filler' to fill out these micro-scratches on the surface which in effect, seems like you removed the scratches.
And yes, the more wax coat you apply.. the shiny-er the paint becomes and more swirl-marks will be hidden. As far as I know, you SHOULDN'T apply another coat of wax within 48 hours prior after applying the first one. Doing so just removes the first coat again because of the time needed to embed on the paint and curing. So if you're going to apply multiple coats, let it cure for 48 hours then apply another coat. Repeat process until pinggang belakang rasa kan tecabut rasa nya.(Polishing)
Though, I don't have much experience in this. Only tried a few times but I do know they help to remove most deep scratches from the car's surface. It's quite abrasive, so I wouldn't recommend to keep 'polishing' your car. I think do polishing at least twice a year. It's more than enough. Anything more would hurt and peel off the clear-coat!(Carwashing Behaviours/Discipline)
I would like to go more brief on this and yes there actually a discipline in car washing! Have you ever thought:
- Where did you keep the dry-towels while washing the car?
- Is the detergent solution in the basin stays reasonably clean to actually dip back the sponge in and out to continue 'soaping'?
- Did you start from bottom and then upwards when washing the car instead?
- Do you have a habit of putting your hand on the car for support while washing?
- Do you let the soap dry on the surface, thinking.. "Ah baik tah ku sabun dulu semua, baru ku basuh" ?
- You have a pressure washer, do you let the pressure to remove the sand alone?
- Having a thought of "Pressing the sponge down harder" makes the car cleaner and easier to remove the dirts?
If there's at least "1" yes, then you should consider the effects!
- For the first one, you shouldn't have kept the dry-cloths on the floor, on the driveway, behind another car's bonnet, and etc. Afterall, that is your dry-cloth! You're not trying to grab small dirts and trap it there? I always keep mine in the car's passenger seat or somewhere where I wouldn't trap dirts easily on the cloth itself. A little common-sense would do!
- After awhile, the detergent inside the basin gets clouded up by the dirt and sand which gets trapped by the sponge or wash-mitt you're using. There's a method to prevent this altogether. The Two Bucket car wash technique. Fill one bucket with soapy water and fill the other with clean water. Each time you’re ready to reload your sponge with soapy water, dip it in the clean water first, to rinse out the grit and contamination you’ve just removed from your vehicle. Then dip it in the soapy water and continue washing.
- Always start washing from the top, and work your way downwards. I know certain internet websites should ask to wash the wheels first then the bodywork.. but to me, wheels are the most 'dirtest' part of the car. Imagine the wheel well, the brake dusts.. You don't want those to drag on your paintwork.
- Well this is just me I guess. I know we have to support ourselves from falling down to the ground while washing the lower parts of the car. To me, putting even a fingerprint means 'dirt'. Your washing the car, not putting up handprints on the car. This also especially useful and important when drying the car. Sometimes, our hand gets sweaty. Leaving a print behind to me doesn't look like a car that just has been washed! Windshields and side windows are the easiest to catch these handprints. Try to have the discipline, "No hand contacts on the surface of the car while washing and drying".
- Never ever leave a soap dry while washing the car. Have you ever sometimes noticed an annoying water-mark on the surface? This causes it. Certain conditions accelerate this effect like for example, washing the car on a streak sunshine (Panas kali ah jua), a bad or just not good enough car-wash detergent. Find a cool spot, and wash there. As long you're washing the car, you would want the whole car to be entirely 'wet' until it's time to dry up the car.
- Personally I have the Car Pressure Washer owned by my dad. I did practiced awhile using it, and I recommend "NOT" to pressure off the derbis from the surface. Imagine that the pressure actually 'rolls' the sharp small edges of the dirt on the surface of the car. Let the sponge do the job!
- This is based from experience, and yes I did thought so. Infact, it worsens the effect of making more swirl marks! I tried to practice using only slight effort over the surface when 'sponging'. If it doesn't remove, get a bug-repellant spray or such cleaners to ease the removal. Repeat the process on that surface. Remember, hard surfacing scratches the clear coat leaving that dull and full-of-scratches look.
Sorry if this information is a little 'overhead', 'too much' or too 'freak' in someway.. but this write-up will be to those who want to know some basics about car washing and care. This way, hopefully those car shines much longer than people expected. Have some love for you rides man. Sikit-sikit modding. Caring nya mana?
I learnt such alot guides from internet, and mostly based on personal experience. Sometimes it's fun, and that's what being a car enthusiast is all about?
Hope I helped something with this guide. ;)
Labels: car washing guide
Monday, May 25, 2009
Look! Disney Concentrated Carwash Shampoo? Awww.. cute. Must be nice to use it?
Cute my ass
, it removed my Meguiars Techwax coating on 1M. >.> Hairline scratches all-over the bodywork tarus. It's my dad who bought it, and my Meguiars Carwash empty sudah. Temporary but pain-in-the-ass solution tarus jadi nya. Pfffftt.
So please, I recommend only Techwax Carwash by Meguiars. It does make a difference. /ad
Till next update. :)
Labels: 1m, random
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Rupanya on Saturday atu 'Doa Selamat'. I'm at Belait by the way until...
next week left, or so. *sigh*
Labels: moving out
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
So.. day by day, the furniture from this house.. goes one by one to somewhere in that Sengkurong Area.
Well there's more actually to be moved and that's the bedroom and the kitchen.
After all that, no not that you won't see the 'Xnox' anymore. And probably won't be around kaybee anymore occasionally. Counting down the days.
And I still think that I have alot of things to do just before I go.
Labels: moving out
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
1M's Mod Week Updates17-05-2009 ------------
Pick your choice. A, or B? Vote and pick one for me please? Tell me which one you like.A:
Cupra-R Style BumperB: Top Sport Style Bumper with JE-Designs Downforcer Splitter
Via shoutbox :p15-05-2009 ------------
So guess what about the few days back teaser? Actually.. Rear spoilers are now installed. :) Satu hari pulang siap. Sent at Ah Fook's Workshop again to modify and install the spoiler.
Rainy season coming up? Balik-balik hujan. And yeap, she's clean.. she's not going out anytime soon now. :)Side bad news:
Lost 1M's left eyelids. Had to remove the right one aswell. But yeah, bought a replacement already off eBay. So fixing that one back soon.
This morning, went to YC and serviced the car (Castrol Edge 5W-40). Did cleaned out the OBX Iridium Spark Plugs too. Was looking around for workshop that does Intake Manifold cleaning. Anyone?
Nothing much to do after that, decided to drop-by Ah Fook workshop to install.. something up :)
Teaser Photo:12-05-2009 ------------
One of 1M's biggest maintenance schedule. Have you ever checked your car's ATF? It's as important as servicing Motor Oil. Think of this, if you don't change the Motor Oil, you'll lose the engine right? Now think what will happen if you don't change the Transmission fluid = Lose your gearbox!
Had it done for $237 at HSH Workshop.
You don't want it to happen first right? Think that $237 is too much? Sekadar tekarang pasal kan service keta? A new gearbox usually costs around.. $2k-$3k. *whistles*.11-05-2009 ------------
Changed the stock front bulbs to Amber LEDs. USDM-ish
Before (Turned On)
After (Turned On)
Oh, and redone my carbon trims for the door pillars. No more ghey-ass carbon-look stickers. This time, it's real carbon fiber! Costed me $40 per piece!
Hurrah. Oh, and sending off the car to HSH workshop tomorrow for a gearbox fluid change.
------------------(Beduit kau Xnox?)
- Awu, cause I just sold
off my Keyboard and the Amp. KACHINGG!
Till then :D
Labels: 1m, updates
Monday, May 4, 2009
Brustu Rides 03/05 Photo-session.
At first before the session start, we all met up at "The Arch" around 2.30pm supposingly. But at 2.00pm, I was still at Kaybee, washing and waxing 1M. I came late, just because of that! :d (Sorry guys).
After everyone arrived, first venue was at the Batu Besurat Electric Station parking lot. Sweet spot to take pictures here, but sadly.. the rain poured down heavily, and we had to find another spot. Off we went to Hua Ho Manggis Basement. Then finally, arah somewhere in Berakas. Lupa ku tempat nya.
- Ocelot (Silver Hyundai Coupe 1.6)
- RazMRTWO (Blue Toyota SW20 MR2)
- Naz (White Toyota Supra-RZ)
- Jester (Yellow Mitsubishi Evolution 8)
- Wadee (Silver Mitsubishi Evolution 9)
- Mui (Blue Honda NSX)
- RSX- (Honda DC5 Integra)
- Xnox202 (Seat 1M Toledo)
Okay okay, enjoy the pics!Taken by me ----
Taken by Naz/Pentagonist ----Taken by Oce ----Taken by Raz ---
So yeah, thanks guys. Kamu punya rides lawa-lawa jua. Looking forward for next photosession where more people would be joining, I hope!
That's all for now. :)
Labels: brustu-rides photo session