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Old 17-06-2018, 09:52 PM   #1
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Hi Rich,

I have a new RS3 coming next weekend and have two new issues to deal with...

The first is it has Alcantara on the steering wheel and door trims, its a daily driver so need to try to protect and keep clean. What do you recommend to put on the Alcantara to protect?

Second, it has aluminium bellhousings, which look cool but my previous experience is that look bad and never last a winter up here in Scotland. I used FK1000 previously, any suggestions for something better? Should I try Gyeon RIM, will that adhere to bare aluminium?

any help appreciated

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There's a sticky at the top of the Polished Bliss section which might help you as you may not get a reply or have to wait for a while. Link here.....

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=60741

Why don't you give them a phone though and ask them the question any time i've phoned them they've been extremely helpful.

Oh and make sure you get some pics up when you do get the new car
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Hi Rich,

I have a new RS3 coming next weekend and have two new issues to deal with...

The first is it has Alcantara on the steering wheel and door trims, its a daily driver so need to try to protect and keep clean. What do you recommend to put on the Alcantara to protect?

Second, it has aluminium bellhousings, which look cool but my previous experience is that look bad and never last a winter up here in Scotland. I used FK1000 previously, any suggestions for something better? Should I try Gyeon RIM, will that adhere to bare aluminium?

any help appreciated

thanks

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Sorry for the tardy reply; we're swamped at the moment and aren't able to spend much time checking the forums. Answers/opinions as follows...

1. Alcantara trims - we don't usually recommend applying fabric proofers to alcantara, as they all tend to make it feel slightly stiffer to the touch... which isn't ideal, as it loses its tactile-qualities. Don't get me wrong, it's a subtle change, which some might not notice, but it's enough to put us off. Instead, we're more inclined to recommend regular careful cleaning with an alcantara specific cleaner or a gentle fabric cleaner instead. Raceglaze Alcantara Cleaner and 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner (10:1) are excellent choices. If you still want protection, then Nanolex Textile & Leather Sealant would be our choice, as it seems to affect the feel of alcantara less than other proofers.

2. Aluminium bellhousings - yes, Gyeon Q2 Rim is definitely the best option currently available in our store for metal protection, and it will bond to bare aluminium without any issues. I'd apply a minimum of two coats, and when winter comes I'd apply a coat of a standard sealant on top for good measure - your FK1000 would be good, as would Auto Finesse Mint Rims or Bilt Hamber auto-balm. Regular washing through the winter is also a good idea, to try to prevent too much salt from accumulating and sitting in situ for long periods.

I hope this helps!

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