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  1. You will not need to apply another clear coat. The scratches / surface marring require an abrasive polish and a pad to 'level' (remove) them. I would suggest you find a detailer to undertake this for you. Meanwhile buy a Glaze, a kind of wax (it contains oils / waxes / fillers ) that will hide the scratches etc. I feel for you, my daughter 'helped' Daddy by cleaning a new MB with a Scotchpad "Well it was very, very dirty"
  2. Before using a leather care product a detailer needs to know the material they are working on, and wither the product chosen is compatible with the material and will not damage it. Diagnosis is the key, not guess work. Before deciding on what products to use you need to ascertain what type of leather finish you have and wither the pigmented leather has a polyurethane covering, or is (un-coated) finished natural leather, as the cleaning / maintenance varies as to type; although they all require a water-based product to maintain hydration (a suede type leather like Nubuck is the exception). Au
  3. togwt, the dealer has now said there is a process they can do so the spots never come back again, I'm wondering if it's the process you have outlined. They are now saying they think it may be rail dust and they have a memo in case paint gets these yellow "rust" spots. Doesn't that procedure also strip the clear coat off the paint and wouldn't Lexus have to replace the clear coating? The process outlined in my answer is recommened by OEM to dealer's to rectify this problem. It will not remove the clear coat (I use this process bi-annually as I live near the beach)
  4. Rust Spots: Corroded ferrous contaminations, small particles of metal (ferrous oxide) created by railroad wheels abrading the metal tracks, or airborne brake dust from rotor abrasion, these particles become airborne and pollute paint film surfaces. New cars that are transported by rail are at extra risk. When moisture combines with the metal particles rust is formed, creating small orange / brown rust spots (especially visible on light coloured paint (white, silver, etc) It should be removed as soon as it’s noticed. These can usually be removed with detailer’s clay or an abrasive polish and
  5. Quote: Collinite Insulator Wax, also known as #845 is a favorite amongst professional detailers because of the protection it affords and its durability. It is one of the longest lasting waxes out there. Also, in regards to the containers, many professional detailers if not most, buy their products by the gallon, so they pour their products into plastic dispensers/bottles because it makes it easier to pour out rather than trying to do so out of a gallon. One of my favorite "pink" products is Fk 425, which is a Quick Detailer that adds incredible gloss to the paint. My favorite "blue" liquid
  6. Try a chemical type paint cleaner (Zaino Z-AIO) the bird mess - Bird Excrement -
  7. I hear you. Though she seems to know a lot about leather care and I do appreciate her advise, she still refuses to recommend products while putting down others. I did PM her twice and finally she recommended a leather cleaner, guess which one she recommended? Yeap, the one from her company. However, I did read a post in which she praised Leather Master. Her company used to be a reseller for Leather Master's product's until they produced a 'superior line' My preferred leather care products are water-based; manufactured by Leather Master's, they have been supplying leather care products
  8. detaildoc - I have read many of JudyB’s posts on various forums but I don’t understand her marketing strategy. She is the MD for a leather product company in the UK but never names a suitable product to go along with the knowledgeable advice she offers on leather care. She post’s on a UK based detailing forum but for her own reasons chooses not to become a sponsor that would allow her to advertise her companies products, but will advise you on what is wrong with competitors products. I have always preferred un-biased advice from someone who offers an honest opinion as opposed to merely adver
  9. Leather Protection is far more viable and will provide better long-term benefits than a conditioner as so many so called leather conditioners utilize chemical solvents in order to facilitate penetration of there oils; this has a detrimental effect of the polyethylene covering causing fissures (cracking). If your leather upholstery is becoming inflexible use Leather Master’s Vital, as leather requires re-hydration (moisture replacement) not a leather conditioner. Water-based leather products - Cleaners; Leather Master US - / Sonus - Protect
  10. Leather Conditioners: I have discussed this issue with many people in the leather tanning / preservation / care products industry and haven't received a definitive answer. My issues are; a) How much conditioner will permeate the thick polyurethane top coat on the leather B) Chrome tanned leather hides are sealed at the tannery and then pigmented; what could a conditioner do for the hide? Approximately 90% of vehicle manufacturers are using a split-leather hide and a (thermoplastic) polyurethane covering for their interior upholstery. Vehicle upholstery is chrome tanned and uniquely t
  11. Waffle Weave Towel: A waffle (Piqué) weave towel is a synthetic Micro fibre woven with a dimpled pattern, which provides thousands of small pockets to trap dirt or grit. The absorbency of these towels is quite remarkable; they are able to hold seven or eight times their weight in water. Drying methodology- lay the waffle weave towel on the surface and gently pull it across, for vertical panels place towel on surface and pull upwards, provided the paint finish has been rinsed adequately (water ‘sheeting’) there should be no dirt residue, check and rinse the towel often The reason I advice
  12. In order to make a Carnauba wax 'workable' it requires the addition of a solvent. By applying another low-solvent product on top of one that has already cross-linked you can increase its density (up to a point) two to cured applications are usually considered optimum One thing that will negate the applied product density is lack of clarity, the base coat (that contains the vehicles colour) is covered / protected by a clear coat of urethane paint, which as well as providing protection is clear to enable the paint colour to show through and provide the colour with depth.
  13. Always use the least invasive product first- a) A safe solvent; Stoner’s Tarminator, Simple Green® Aircraft & Precision Cleaner, Isopropyl alcohol or Mineral spirits B) Detailer’s Clay / Lubricant c) A chemical / abrasive paint surface cleaner (Zaino Paint Cleaner Z-PC or Zaino All-In-One Z-AIO) d) If the surface has been etched use an abrasive polish and a polisher (Rotary or Random orbital) e) Wet-sand using 2000 – 300 grit finishing paper The same rule applies to abrasive polishes, finishing papers and foam pads – Always use the least abrasive first before ‘stepping–up’ to the
  14. I have no idea on costs, but it may be a viable option (as close to OEM as you could get) Leather seat re-upholstery -
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