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      Detailing the Cruze - An effort to lose some calories :p

      Plan was to meet up on Sunday morning at 8:30 and do up the Cruze. Unfortunately I had a long Friday night (thanks to losing one tyre) and a loner Saturday night and I managed to sleep only past 4am on both the days. Phone rang promptly at 8:00am, me waking up wondering who this is so early in the morning calling up. After thinking for about 15 seconds, I picked up the phone to find it's our one and only fordfan on the other line. The conversation goes something like this....

      FF: Good morning! I am at Hebbal Flyover, how do I come from here.
      Me (in my mind): WTF! He's already here? I thought he'd call me as he starts from his home. There goes my sleep
      Me: Ya Anupam, take a left where you see a HP pump, take first right and first left. I'll see you there.
      FF: You just woke up now? If you are not upto it today, we can do it some other time. I'll go back home, no worry.
      Me: No no, come! Let's finish it off today only. I haven't slept in ages, but it's fine.
      FF: Are you sure? It's going to be a long day.
      Me: 100% sure. Come there and wait. I will see you in 5 mins.

      So we reached my place and had a smoke. Anupam then decided to take a walk around my place so that I could freshen up in the meantime.

      By 8:30 we started work on the car.

      Whew! What should I pick, what should I not? That's the question!
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      After a lot of deliberation, final products that we may need get sorted out in line. I almost faint looking at the sheer number of them
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      Get the car out so that we can work on the alloys to begin with.
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      To begin with we rinsed the entire car with water from a hose to bring the temperatures down.

      The dirty alloys filled with brake dust.
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      We begin work cleaning the tyres and alloys with APC (All Purpose Cleaner) and Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner in Meguiars QD bottle.
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      This is the bit I LOVED. I always find it annoying to see the entire alloy clean but the lug nut holes always retain the muck in them. Anupam had a brush that solved that. Need to get one of these now ASAP.

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      We did one round of the alloys and then decided to work on the rest of the car.

      1. First step was SNOW FOAMing the car with Valet Pro pH Neutral Snow Foam. Out came two pressure bottles and we sprayed the entire car with snow foam and let it stay for a while.

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      Snow Foam on the bonnet.
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      Once we were done with the snow foaming, we rinsed the car again with water from a hose pipe.

      Then Anupam mixed some 10ml Bilt Hamber Auto Wash shampoo into 12ltrs of water. This shampoo is a low foaming shampoo unlike most of the stuff we get in the market.

      The left bucket is shampoo with water. The right side bucket is the rinse bucket.
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      We soak the mitt into the shampoo solution, gently wipe away sections of the car. Then dip it in the rinse bucket, remove all the muck, squeeze the mitt and only then dip it into the shampoo solution.

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      A picture of the car after we were done with the shampoo wash.
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      Drying the entire car with a Cobra Supreme Guzzler Drying Towel.
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      In the meantime, Anupam started detailing the plastic and rubber bits on the car. All black plastic trim and parts outside had been cleaned with APC and -inch detailing brush while alloys were being cleaned

      He used CarPro PERL applied onto a Applicator Pad and gently dressed up all the rubber and plastic parts.

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      He then gave me some Poorboys Pro Polish and asked me to gently apply it on all the chrome parts and then wipe it clean with a MF cloth. Loved the way the chrome grill and window parts were gleaming at the end of this stage. Should have seen the amount of dirt it pulled from all the apparently clean chrome.

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      By this time, Metalspree arrived. Amidst the conversation Anupam had noticed that for some odd reason the paint on the boot of my Cruze was extremely rough. On close inspection, I found out that it indeed was. It was almost like a grit of sand, not a layer of paint that I was touching. Both Kranthi and Anupam touched it and Anupam says let's use Clay on your car. And clay we did. We first tried it on the boot and we were amazed to see the difference it made. Now we had a smooth layer of paint that felt so incredible that we kept running our hands over it again and again like small kids

      A special thanks to Metalspree for volunteering to clay the roof. Given that Anupam and myself are just 5.5" and maybe a inch more, it would have been impossible for us to do the entire roof without doing a lot of circus

      All the prep-work is now complete. Car all set for wax job!
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      No wait! It was time for lunch. We headed to Bhagini and sat around chit-chatting for about 2hrs and forgetting we had a car to finish. Finally, Anupam realized that it was going to get dark soon, so we began work again.

      The steps we followed:

      1. We first applied the Scholl S3 Gold compound with the help of white Scholl hand pucks and then removed the excess polish with a MF towel.

      2. S3 was followed by applying Scholl S40 Finishing polish with the white side of a tri-foam applicator and then removing the excess with a MF towel.

      4. All panels after polishing were wiped with CarPro Eraser to remove any excess oils/polishes.

      5. Anupam applied Chemical Guys Black Light, a kind of Glaze/AIO on all the panels and removed with MF towels.

      6. We then applied Bouncer's Vanilla ICE Wax on all the panels and again removed off the excess wax by rubbing with a MF towel. By this time it was around 8pm and we were dead tired. My body was giving up and Anupam kept asking me if I was ok and that he was sorry for making me work so hard. I had only one thing on my mind. We weren't going to give up until the entire car was done with, no matter how tired I was.

      5. Once we got off the excess wax, it was then followed with application of Chemical Guys V7 Gloss Enhancer spray for the glossy finish. A final wipe down with a Dodo Juice Fantastic Fur long nap MF towel and we were done for the day.

      We had left out the bumpers and the roof (as we couldn't reach it) for next Sunday. Every panel we touched on the car, the stark difference it had made after the claying and waxing was more and more evident. I was a very happy man indeed. So were my parents, that finally I was doing some sort of exercise

      We retired into the house around 10pm. Had a sumptuous dinner of home made Chicken Biryani and Chicken Fry and Anupam started the drive back to his place at 11pm. A big shout out to Anupam who took a lot of personal interest in teaching me a lot of stuff and putting in as much effort if not more in ensuring my car was looking as good as new. His enthusiasm for a minute made me wonder who's car it really was. Mine or Anupam's, that's the amount of dedication and interest he shows in this detailing work.

      Too bad he couldn't see what the car looked like in broad daylight. So here are some pics straight out of the camera. Absolutely no post-processing has be done on the pics below.

      Reflection of the tiles and the pot on the right hand side of the car.

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      A close-up of the pot reflection.
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      Reflection of the plants on the boot.
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      Reflection of the neighbour's wall and our grill on the bonnet.
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      The roof was not waxed, which we plan to do this Sunday. Till then here is a small preview of the reflection on the roof.
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      A big thanks to Metalspree for coming along and helping us out by lending a hand.

      I can't thank fordfan enough. ~12hrs were spent working on the car, which by no means is a joke. Anytime a Gearhead comes home, I make them touch the rough bumpers and then the boot to show them the difference all the hard work made. Can't wait for next weekend to finish off the bumpers, the roof and work on the interiors of the car. Hopefully we will have more people coming this time around to learn a thing or two from the detailing guru, it's worth it's weight in gold and silver. I did learn more than I've done in 27 years of my life on how to maintain my cars paint in that one Sunday I spent with Anupam.

      The paint on the car has never felt this smooth, including the day I took delivery of my car..

      Over and out for now. Car OCD now begins
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      Detailing the Cruze - A day with our detailing Guru Fordfan!

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      Guys, awesome job done on Rahul's car.

      Rahul cant help but gloat about how simply fantastic his car now looks. In his own words "this is the best the car has ever looked, including the day it was delivered".

      I realise it was a back breaking effort by both of you, but the results must have definitely put a smile on your faces at the end of the day. Nice work.

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      Re: Chevrolet Cruze LT - The "White Monster" now at 22000 kms

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      Guys, awesome job done on Rahul's car.

      Rahul cant help but gloat about how simply fantastic his car now looks. In his own words "this is the best the car has ever looked, including the day it was delivered".

      I realise it was a back breaking effort by both of you, but the results must have definitely put a smile on your faces at the end of the day. Nice work.
      Actually I did not get to see it in daylight yet :-(

      And BIG thanks to Metalspree with whom we had an awesome time chatting around 4hrs after lunch and who with his tall height and long reach made the job of claying the roof a breeze And he did an excellent job of claying the car, got the hang of it super fast and honestly without him probably it would not have happened

      And the roof, the front and back bumpers and door sills are still left! Plus we did clean the tires and alloys but forgot to put anything on them:-( plus the bonnet we left curing for too long so all the wax may not have been removed. Would like to strip back the bonnet and redo.

      So Rahul if possible next weekend let's finish those... And also if possible would like to put another coat of wax again... Generally after 2/3 layers the shine and looks get amped up.... So want to see how many coats required for Vanilla Ice
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      Chevrolet Cruze LT - The "White Monster" now at 22000 kms

      It was easy to clay the cruze but i doubt i will clay my bimmer / xuv in the near future as both looks huge when compared to cruze.

      Me and fordfan did detailing on a small panel of XUV and boy does it glow and look awesome.
      mclaren1885 was complaining that chevy paint quality was bad as his entire car was rough to touch. All this before claying, claying definately removed the grime and dust stuck on the car.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Metalspree View Post
      was complaining that chevy paint quality was bad as his entire car was rough to touch. All this before claying, claying definitely removed the grime and dust stuck on the car.
      seriously when we felt the surface and it was so rough like unfinished paint and Rahul said it was typical Chevy finish, had a little difficulty believeing that...after some claying, pooof...car paint was silky smooth

      anybody who wants to check out what difference is go feel the back bumper and then the boot top

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      And the quality of plastics, bad! Even paint quality isn't too great..
      This is the comment I had made in Nov 2011.

      Dark_Light, rkk, Metalspree, fordfan are the few people who have seen the stark difference claying made to the Cruze. Only after claying did I realize that mine must probably be the worst maintained Cruze in the country. When we ran our hands on the boot, it almost felt like our hands were running over a grit of sand, not paint. I don't remember the car ever feeling any different to this since the day it was delivered.

      Besides, we had a long chat once and kb100 kept cribbing how poor the quality of the Cruze paint was when compared to ZenKarting's Polo 1.6. It was that evident. Claying has made a lot of difference. Yet, what bothers me is that even a small scractch is enough to expose the bare metal or plastic. Definitely Chevy has used very few layers of paint to cut costs.

      Quote Originally Posted by fordfan View Post
      And he did an excellent job of claying the car, got the hang of it super fast and honestly without him probably it would not have happened
      Yup, both Kranthi and myself learnt a lot that day

      Quote Originally Posted by fordfan View Post
      And the roof, the front and back bumpers and door sills are still left! Plus we did clean the tires and alloys but forgot to put anything on them:-(
      And yet, we both were wiped out by the end of the day

      Quote Originally Posted by fordfan View Post
      plus the bonnet we left curing for too long so all the wax may not have been removed. Would like to strip back the bonnet and redo.
      It isn't too bad. I found a few spots around the windscreen washers. Given that we waxed the car in pitch dark, it has come out really nice.

      Quote Originally Posted by fordfan View Post
      So Rahul if possible next weekend let's finish those... And also if possible would like to put another coat of wax again... Generally after 2/3 layers the shine and looks get amped up.... So want to see how many coats required for Vanilla Ice
      Ya sure, let me find out the schedule with family, I have a Chennai tripped planned for the 21st, mostly should be back by Sunday, in which case we can finish the rest of the pending work.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      I don't remember the car ever feeling any different to this since the day it was delivered.
      if it was like that from day one itself then i guess its the dried glue from the clingwrap kind of plastic film they wrap the cars in while shipping from plant...

      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      I found a few spots around the windscreen washers.
      oh okay...those generally are a problem however careful you are...they will need to be removed with cotton swabs/APC/earbuds and a tire dressing to ensure they look black

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Yup, both Kranthi and myself learnt a lot that day
      yup both of you got a first hand example of claying ...on my car the same clay does not pick up anything

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Yet, what bothers me is that even a small scractch is enough to expose the bare metal or plastic.
      soft paint not cheap paint generally asian cars have soft paint unlike German cars...

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      Chevrolet Cruze LT - The "White Monster" now at 22000 kms

      Rahul you better maintain the car properly else i will ask get a truck load of tar and dump on your car.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      and kb100 kept cribbing how poor the quality of the Cruze paint was when compared to ZenKarting's Polo 1.6
      It was one of those days where I felt that kb100 would literally make out with the car.. His "The paint feels So wet" comment "with his lips between his teeth and his hands in all the wrong places is still classic.

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      Ah, a new thread - that's what all the work deserved.

      So finally you have a new car once again. Great job all of you.
      fordfan - When are you coming to Mumbai? I will hijack you straight from the airport.

      Edit - I badly want that lug cleaning brush - Where to get it?
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