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Sunday, January 23, 2011 1:47 AM

Art of the wash

There is a right and wrong way to wash your car. One of the country’s top car detailers, DARREN CHANG, offers his expert advice in the first of several instalments on the detailing craft.

Monday, February 21, 2011 5:12 PM

Equally damaging, sir

Are tree saps as damaging to paintwork as bird droppings?

Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:52 PM

For that glossy look

This second part of a series looks at more tips to help give your car a quality finish.

Thursday, March 03, 2011 6:36 PM

Do not buff

I'm interested in repainting my car to a matte colour. Is it any more difficult detailing a matte-colour car compared to conventional cars with glossy paint?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 5:39 PM

Polishing explained

In Part 3 of our detailing series, we look at an important aspect of the craft and what it means.

Monday, April 11, 2011 2:15 PM

Sand-blast the rusted area

Some rust is forming in a scuff mark on my 2003 Yamaha Virago. Is sanding off the rust the best way to handle this problem?

Sunday, April 24, 2011 6:00 AM

Polish by hand

You can do a lot of good for your car’s paint work with manual polishing as well.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 3:37 PM

Polish by machine

This week, we discuss how to get started on polishing your car by choosing the right machine.

Preparing for a long trip

I'll be driving from Johor Baru all the way to Bangkok. How should I  prep the paintwork for a long trip so that it looks relatively OK?

Monday, June 27, 2011 4:13 PM

Moving forward in machine polishing

So you have decided to get yourself a machine to polish your car. With the proper tools in hand, it's time to get going.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:39 PM

Try diluted vinegar

I’m about to dispose a 1995 Proton Wira. My concern is the lame paint and rainspotted windshield & windows.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 3:02 PM

A polished act this round

After all the theory lessons, it’s time to get cracking on the polishing details. Darren Chang lends a guiding hand.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 5:03 PM

Caring for your wheels

Learn how to detail your wheels and protect them to maximum effect.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 12:15 PM

Use LCD spray cleaner

My MPV's infotainment touchscreens tend to attract dust and smudges. What is the best way to clean them?

Monday, September 19, 2011 6:01 AM

Mask the stripes first

My car has painted racing stripes on it. Do I need to avoid these stripes while polishing to avoid damaging them?

The information contained in the 'Finishing Touches' column is for general educational purposes only. Neither Star Motoring nor the columnist gives any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to such information. Star Motoring and the columnist disclaim all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.
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