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Quest for crystal shine

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J-Glaze worker applying the J-Glaze Glass Coating on a Lexus RX. Some people might consider their car as just a means of transport, but Vincent Liew thinks otherwise. He believes that a car represents a driver’s personality and therefore merits meticulous care. Liew runs a chain of automotive detailing centres that uses what is described as state-of-the-art glass coating product called the J-Glaze Glass Coating. J-Glaze specialises in the application and maintenance of this special single-component, inorganic coating that forms a thin membrane which results in a glossy look for the car’s paintwork as well as making it resistant to…

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Track road cars in focus

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A Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. In the last article, we talked about fully dedicated track-cars and how detailing plays an important role for them. This month, we focus on track road cars. Unlike track-dedicated cars, road-going track cars can be either a daily driver or a weekend distraction. Because of this, it is not unusual that the owners of these vehicles prefer a higher level of aesthetic restoration and maintenance to preserve its residual/resale value. Here are the commonly requested aesthetic protective and maintenance options for road-going track cars at AutoDetailer Studio. They are similar to general requirements to fully dedicated…

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Track cars in focus

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In the first of a two-part series, we’ll explain how track cars are cared for. With the Formula 1 Grand Prix circus making it’s stop at our very own Sepang International Circuit next week, I thought it would be timely to share about track-cars and how detailing plays an important supporting role. Make no mistake, the cars that you see particularly in high-profile motorsports events look good for a reason. They need to look picture perfect for the media coverage that occurs. There are essentially two types of track-going vehicles. A fully dedicated track car that is used for circuit…

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Protect your screen

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An Aston Martin fitted with protective windshield laminates. The great thing about getting a new car is that it comes with a flawlessly clear factory-fitted windshield. Two-weeks into the euphoria of ownership and you start noticing the stone-chips and pittings that quickly degrade the aesthetic quality of any vehicle. And since the windshield is where your primary vision is focused on during driving, the accumulated damages to it are hard to ignore. The adrenaline-fuelled drivers who participate in motor-sports, track-day events and group convoys are particularly susceptible to windshield degradation. Replacing damaged windshields is the only viable option for most…

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Detailing: Prepping the surface

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Shiny cars after the final detailing treatment. In October, we delved into the world of coating systems and took an insider’s peek into what makes coatings tick and how to differentiate between marketing hype and the actual truth. We certainly hope that with the education, new car owners and existing ones are able to select what works for them and preserve the aesthetic value of their vehicles. In this article, we focus on perhaps the most underrated, yet crucial aspect of detailing, that is: the surface preparation process. In detailing-speak, it is perhaps what defines a showcar. To explain a…

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Detailing: The layer of truth

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Paintwork coatings are usually described in superlatives and we’ve been bombarded by a plethora of marketing taglines and the thinly-veiled promise of indestructibility for your car’s paintwork. But do they really work as advertised or are they more hyped-up than they should be? Certain service-providers claim that their brand of coating systems are able to outlast the ownership duration of the car, while others trump the ever-popular “never polish and wax again” phrase proudly. Just how do you sift through the distractions and decide which coating works and which one is vapourware? In the first of a multi-part series, we’ll…

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Detailing: Caring for mattes

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Last month, we introduced the two main variants of matte finishes, one with matte 2K clear-coat and another with matte automotive vinyl films. Now, we take a look at how to take care of matte finishes for both paint and film. The previous article had expounded on the matte finishes, covering both it’s advantages and disadvantages. Use a traditional two-bucket washing method, the first for rinsing water and the other filled with pH-balanced shampoo. The first bucket acts as a filter, each time the microfibre towels works through a section of the car, it gets rinsed and dirt is dislodged…

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Effective debadging

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Q1: I have debadged my 10-year-old BMW 5 Series on the bootlid but there’s a outline of the badge.What’s the best way to remove the badge outline? Dan Kuala Lumpur It depends. Has the car been repainted or does it still retain its original paintwork? If it’s the latter then a combination of some light clay-work, hand compounding and polishing should remove the oxidation that has formed around the badges. It becomes significantly more complex if the car has been repainted and the body-shop did not remove the physical badges during the repainting process. It would seem to be highly…

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How to look after carbon fibre parts

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Carbon fibre is the ultimate physical embodiment of motorsports technology. With the current evolution of car manufacturers moving towards an increased use of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (or CFRP) for increased structural rigidity, weight reduction and even aesthetics enhancement, this month’s detailing feature will delve briefly into the basics of caring for your carbon-fibre components. A week ago, we were tasked with detailing two new supercars that have composite carbon fibre, aluminium and magnesium alloy body panels. Carbon-fibre interior panels of the rare Lexus LFA. The first was the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish and the second, the ultra-rare Lexus…

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Detailing: Do up your car to perfection

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Part 2 Part 1 In March, we began putting together a bucket-list of detailing products that would cover pretty much any household car owner’s requirements. The first was a multi-purpose paintwork polish. In this article, we’ll take a look at last step product options. The main objective of this product would be to provide a durable finish to weather our local climate and environmental contaminants. When a car is detailed correctly, with swirls, scratches and other imperfections removed, the resulting finish should achieve a generally improved level of gloss.   While that is a positive step forward and perhaps one…

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