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Old 03-12-2011, 06:47 PM   #11
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Have to agree with Chilly here far too much re branding to make money, in detailing it seems to happen a lot.
Cheers Doug. Not only that mate but Maxolen are also doing it for Whizzers Charity
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:51 PM   #12
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given that the thread has morphed into a competitive analysis, what features of the raceglaze "alcantara" cleaner differentiate the product from a generic fabric detergent that the maxolen product is being described as?
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:57 PM   #13
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Cheers Doug. Not only that mate but Maxolen are also doing it for Whizzers Charity
Never knew that, well done Maxolen!
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:57 PM   #14
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In all honesty Race Glazer you are not in a position to say a product will work better until you have tried both or even tested them side by side, we are always willing to do tests and have someone independently test them side by side if your up for it?

Our core values are to provide products that care for every aspect of the job, the user, the environment, and of course to do the job we say it can do, it's not only the cleaning we consider when developing products and would never recommend a product which is not capable or suitable for the job we say it can do.


Let me know about the test?
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:31 PM   #15
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This is what I said:
'my personal view is to use a product made for the specific job in hand, if it exists, as it will work better'

Its a generically applicable comment.

Our Alcantara Cleaner is made for one job only, cleaning Alcantara. I have no idea what its like as a general fabric cleaner, as we have a different product for that purpose. I didn't say the Maxolen product wouldn't work, it probably does for this application, and if you want to only have one product in your armoury to deal with all interior fabrics, then pick a good allrounder, which it may well be, but if you want something specifically designed for a specific job, to get the best possible result, buy the specialist product, for any application.
Or not, thats the wonder of consumer choice.
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But I'm still genuinely interested in what separates a specific alcantara cleaner from a generic fabric detergent.

Putting this more specifically, what features does the raceglaze alcantara cleaner feature?

without me buying it simply because its termed an alcantara cleaner, what does it do differently?
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Alcantara is a man made fabric made to look and feel like suede and is some times mistaken for just that, we have tested our interior cleaners on all man made and natural materials used to upholster with in the automotive industry.

I guess this is our benefit by working with the car brands at a manufacturing level who use these materials, alcantara is usually composed of about 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane and is made this way to try and make it stain resistant, some times a number of other processes are carried out needle punching, buffing, impregnation, extraction, finishing, dyeing, etc which interact with each other and in some cases with the addition of certain chemicals added to the low denier fabric to make it fire retardant.

so if you have a cleaner which is alcantara safe you can be sure it will work on other fabrics of the same or similar nature.

One thing to watch out for using some cleaning products on alcantara is water staining and I can assure you this doesn't happen with our upholstery cleaner even on light colours of this material

Now with natural hide materials (Leather) this is another story because what you are doing by cleaning with a detergent is taking moisture/oils from the hide, so just be sure to feed the hide afterwards and put the moisture back after cleaning with a good leather cream/feed. A little similar to cleaning your own skin with a detergent then having to use a moisturiser to soften the dry skin

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Alcantara is a very delicate piece of skin, with use and sun, it gets shiny in time, using a dedicated cleaner on the market is the best step in the right direction, follow the instructions on the back on the product, and way you go...

Got be very gentle with Alcantara, don't want to put you off, but having time with patience will sort this material out for you, spraying a product will certainly deepen the colour of Alcantara whilst wet, when the materials dry, it gives you a better insight of the cleaning action and end result......

Not to sure of theres a protector spray on the market for alcantara, if there is use this afterwards when the alcantara is fully dry to the touch...
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thanks for alkl the comments guys its much appreciated, I will look into the three products i.e swissvax, race glaze and maxolen.

This is all to look after a steering wheel and I have seen Alcantara get hard and shiney if not looked after properly so I want to treat the area to prolong its look, feel and colour
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Alcantara is a very delicate piece of skin, with use and sun, it gets shiny in time, using a dedicated cleaner on the market is the best step in the right direction, follow the instructions on the back on the product, and way you go...

Got be very gentle with Alcantara, don't want to put you off, but having time with patience will sort this material out for you, spraying a product will certainly deepen the colour of Alcantara whilst wet, when the materials dry, it gives you a better insight of the cleaning action and end result......

Not to sure of theres a protector spray on the market for alcantara, if there is use this afterwards when the alcantara is fully dry to the touch...
Trip this is a little misleading...

It is a man made composite material not a "skin" if you like and I wouldn't say it is delicate
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