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    Quote Originally Posted by NitinGirish View Post
    I got one of my bikes detailed by a professional detailer today. Here are the results:-

    All pictures taken from 5MP mobile phone camera.
    Now thats a shining beauty. Good job done. So were you there during the process? What all did he do and what all products did he use?

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    Yup, I was there during the entire process. He used Croftgate products which is supposed to be environment friendly. Following were the products used:-

    Multi-clean: This removes all kinds of debris, tough stains (even the hardened grease on chain cover) and all sorts of muck is removed. It comes in a spray bottle which is sprayed on all the parts and wiped with MF. He started from the top i.e. tank and side panels and moved on to other parts.

    Wash & Wax: After the above step, a MF dipped in Wash & Wax solution was used to wipe the bike. Again starting from top. Only about five litres of water was used to make this water and he said it can be used for multiple vehicles. This is the only place where water was used otherwise not a SINGLE drop of water was used.

    Aquanil-X: This is sprayed to the bike and wiped (uni-directional swipe) with a pre-soaked MF and then buffed with dry MF. This further cleans the bike giving it shine and protection.

    Quick-n-Slick: This is a paint sealant which is NOT to be sprayed to any surface. Just a little bit is sprayed on to MF and rubbed on to the surfaces in circular motion and then buffed with dry MF.

    Tire Shine: This was the best part. This solution was just sprayed while gently rotating the tire. Thats it. No rubbing, scrubbing or any sort of manual effort.

    End result is the pictures you see. It took about 3.5 hours for two boys and with the store owner's supervision+intervention to finish the job.

    There isn't much reduction in swirl marks ('Holograms' in his language) and this expectation was set right from the start. You can see them under torch light only though.
    Though he did say over few treatments it will eventually reduce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NitinGirish View Post
    Yup, I was there during the entire process. He used Croftgate products which is supposed to be environment friendly. Following were the products used:-

    Multi-clean: This removes all kinds of debris, tough stains (even the hardened grease on chain cover) and all sorts of muck is removed. It comes in a spray bottle which is sprayed on all the parts and wiped with MF. He started from the top i.e. tank and side panels and moved on to other parts.

    Wash & Wax: After the above step, a MF dipped in Wash & Wax solution was used to wipe the bike. Again starting from top. Only about five litres of water was used to make this water and he said it can be used for multiple vehicles. This is the only place where water was used otherwise not a SINGLE drop of water was used.

    Aquanil-X: This is sprayed to the bike and wiped (uni-directional swipe) with a pre-soaked MF and then buffed with dry MF. This further cleans the bike giving it shine and protection.

    Quick-n-Slick: This is a paint sealant which is NOT to be sprayed to any surface. Just a little bit is sprayed on to MF and rubbed on to the surfaces in circular motion and then buffed with dry MF.

    Tire Shine: This was the best part. This solution was just sprayed while gently rotating the tire. Thats it. No rubbing, scrubbing or any sort of manual effort.

    End result is the pictures you see. It took about 3.5 hours for two boys and with the store owner's supervision+intervention to finish the job.

    There isn't much reduction in swirl marks ('Holograms' in his language) and this expectation was set right from the start. You can see them under torch light only though.
    Though he did say over few treatments it will eventually reduce.
    So how much did it cost?

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    Anybody planning to use a polisher for their vehicles please stay away from Turtle Wax rubbing compound Heavy duty. I have seen many threads complaining about how well this products ruins the clear coat.

    so this brings up a question do all rubbing compounds result in damaging the clear coat? I was planning to getting the Motomax 2k rubbing compound as i already see a lot of light scratches near the tank and side cowls but now am thinking again.

    Many have suggested to use the Meguairs Scratch X or Swirl X though.
    Last edited by sunilyo; 09-27-2012 at 01:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilyo View Post
    so this brings up a question do all rubbing compounds result in damaging the clear coat? I was planning to getting the Motomax 2k rubbing compound as i already see a lot of light scratches near the tank and side cowls but now am thinking again
    Personally I prefer a polish over a rubbing compound; three things matter when trying to restore the paint apart from who does the job...
    1. The grade of polish
    2. The grade of the scrub (cutting pad)
    3. The RPM

    A higher grade (works on deeper cut) with heavier pad (for heavy duty) on higher RPM is inviting disaster (but again this IS required for deeper paint cuts, so it's always not true); a lower grade polish with medium grade pad & lower RPM MAY or MAY NOT work out. It is the combination of all these three that brings out the mirror shine on the polish & removes the damages on the paint as when to use what & how to use them. All these depends upon...EXPERIENCE

    Hope I was able to explain clear

    Quote Originally Posted by sunilyo View Post
    Many have suggested to use the Meguairs Scratch X or Swirl X though.
    That's brand; the company offers several products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilyo View Post
    This has something to do with pH level and car shampoos are pH neutral and are hence recommended for washing bikes / cars. What is pH? Even i do not know about it. i have read this in many forums.
    after I saw the above lines I was like Jumping from my seat .. pH is a measure of acidity. Lesser the pH value higher the acidity. Neutral is pH @ 7. Values after 7 implies weaker acid. You see i am basically a Chemistry graduate . I know no one would care a shit about it though . btw i didnt look for the details in google believe me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilyo View Post
    Did a complete wash and waxing of my NS this sunday. I think it took me almost 4 hrs to complete the entire process with another 30 minutes for a single coat of the protective hi-gloss polish....
    Bro you are a human dictionary when comes to bike washing...you left nothing more to add.


    PS: For dictionary spelling ..yes i checked in google
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Personally I prefer a polish over a rubbing compound; three things matter when trying to restore the paint apart from who does the job...
    1. The grade of polish
    2. The grade of the scrub (cutting pad)
    3. The RPM

    A higher grade (works on deeper cut) with heavier pad (for heavy duty) on higher RPM is inviting disaster (but again this IS required for deeper paint cuts, so it's always not true); a lower grade polish with medium grade pad & lower RPM MAY or MAY NOT work out. It is the combination of all these three that brings out the mirror shine on the polish & removes the damages on the paint as when to use what & how to use them. All these depends upon...EXPERIENCE

    Hope I was able to explain clear
    Man, I will come to you for all my polishing requirements as you are much more well versed with pads / RPM and what not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishnab4u View Post
    after I saw the above lines I was like Jumping from my seat .. pH is a measure of acidity. Lesser the pH value higher the acidity. Neutral is pH @ 7. Values after 7 implies weaker acid. You see i am basically a Chemistry graduate . I know no one would care a shit about it though . btw i didnt look for the details in google believe me.
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    Bro you are a human dictionary when comes to bike washing...you left nothing more to add.


    PS: For dictionary spelling ..yes i checked in google
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    I was never good in science and always hated chemistry. Apart from the chemical formulae of Water H2O, i dont know anything else. .

    Now i know the basic idea of pH. So higher the pH level the milder the soap/shampoo. Correct ? So in that case which are the human shampoos that are have a higher pH level (at least above 7) as they would much more milder than normal car shampoo. but then again this raises another question apart from pH is there any thing else that is different between a human and car shampoo.

    And bro i am no dictionary, I just wrote what i found in other threads / forums, put in some of my ideas and posted them here in my way. Its just that i have grown a particular interest in cleaning / washing / detailing, since i learned the art of cleaning (the hard way) with old bike and now would like to do as much as i can to keep my new bike as perfect as possible. I even was not aware of the term 'DETAILING' about a few weeks ago

    I will continue posting whatever information i find from various sources so that it will benefit my fellow xbhp'ians

    @All please if you love your ride then please keep it clean as much as possible. The efforts will rewarded after a few years down the line when your bike though old but still stands out of the crowd with its shining look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilyo View Post
    Man, I will come to you for all my polishing requirements as you are much more well versed with pads / RPM and what not.
    You're welcome anytime, but let me assure you, I've negligible knowledge with detailing industry...most of all...no experience

    I'm only sharing what I learn through internet
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