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What are you using for car wax?

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Posted on April 3, 2005 at 19:57:24
Postal Grunt
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Now that spring is about to happen here in KS, I'm psyching myself up to wax the family cars(both Hondas with clear coat finishes). I wax them twice a year at least, whether they need it or not.
Right now, I find the Klasse products from Germany are very good; easy to apply and buff off, very durable too.
Anyone have suggestions about other products that fit the easy to use and durable description?

 

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Do you wash your own cars?, posted on April 6, 2005 at 23:45:00
I used Turtle Wax spray. The trick is to spray then entire car after the final rinse while the car is still wet. Very easy, works great, and no towel burn.

My car is 3 years old. See how shiney it is? :)


 

Re: What are you using for car wax?, posted on April 28, 2005 at 21:02:08
draftingmonkey
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Check out Griot's Garage products. They do mail catalog/web orders and are out of Tacoma, WA. I have been using their waxes, washes, tire treatments, etc. for a number of years and have always been impressed by their quality. I live in So Cal near the coast so my cars sit out in the sun and coastal (salty) air a lot and always look good.

Give them a look at www.griotsgarage.com. One thing I recommend whether you use their products or not is the car care (detailers) handbook. It is a very informative book on caring for your cars finish, inside and out. I learned a lot from it.

And no, I am not affiliated to them, just like their products.

Have fun

James

 

Re: What are you using for car wax?, posted on May 13, 2005 at 09:45:39
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Groits is good, though prefer various Zymol products. Great shine, lasts for a good while (unlike Techwax or the like), and is a cleaner AND wax WITHOUT being overly abrasive. Sometimes i will follow that with a coat of Zymol Ital wax or some other very high content carnibua wax.

The car boards i regularly visit seen to have tried... everything. The car wax debates make the audio ABX guys seem calm(!). The ?P27? product is also highly enjoyed BUT you may have to debate the amount of shine versus the durability. In the end i choose Zymol Cleaner/Wax.

FYI: Groits seems to repackage OTHER products i have been told. ALSO, if your car is semi-neglected or is in need, after you wash the car i can highly recommend using clay bar cleaner. This is especially true for the front section of the car that receives dirt/debris more than other parts of the car.

i'd post pics here, yet my server does not allow other websites to insert photos. Basically, the shine is soooo deep, sharp and clear, and color correct it is mind-boggling... but a good was/clay bar. cleanerwax/then Ital wax HAD BETTER do that for the $$(!).

The whole process takes time and effort and is not a simple spray on, wipe off. Guess it depends on the effort you desire for a full cleaning and polish.

Enjoy the Drive,

Steven R. Rochlin

 

Re: Do you wash your own cars?, posted on June 1, 2005 at 15:49:52
topoxforddoc
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Yes, particularly when they're small like my Caterham Seven; when you're vertically challenged like me (5'4"), even I can reach over the bonnet. OK I drive other cars too, but I used to drive my caterham as my only car before the kids arrived. In terms of wax, i use Autoglym products; I'm not quite fanatical enough to use zymol and pay the prices. If Autoglym is ok for Aston Martin, Bentley, TVR, Jaguar etc, then who am I to argue. If I owned a Pebble Beach pre-war Alfa, Bugatti or Talbot-Lago, the I would use zymol; nut then I might just pay someone to do it if I could afford a Bugatti (PS I live 5 miles from the Bugatti Owners Club home).

 

Re: What are you using for car wax?, posted on July 27, 2005 at 19:33:18
tvr2500m
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Steve,

I'm a big Zymol fan, too. I started using years ago after I'd purchased a car which I really wanted to preserve the finish of. Basic cleaner waxes ended up chaffing/chalking the finish. Zymol did amazing things and now helps preserve the finishes of my cars. I also like other Zymol products, too.

Can you tell me/us more about clay? What is is/does?

- SJ

 

Tentative Approval, posted on July 31, 2005 at 18:55:42
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I've tried Meguiars Next Generation NXT at the end of June and it seems to be very promising. Meguiars suggests that the paint be cleaned with their clay bar product. I used their Paint Cleaner from their three step system. After about a month, I think they may have something good going on.
First, it does go on easily and buff off easily too. I used microfiber cloths for this.
Second, it does have a deep and excellent shine. Carnuba might be deeper but it doesn't last very long out here in Kansas.
Next, it does bead water from rain or a hose during washing. The beads are still small even after a month when we've seen heat indexes over 110F.
The final measurement is how long will it last. If it's durability is as good as its other qualities, they'll be printing money as they laugh their way to the bank.
Meguiars offers a money back guarantee on this product.

 

Re: What are you using for car wax?, posted on July 31, 2005 at 19:15:27
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The clay bar products that I've seen offered by several different sources are used to clean the paint surface without the use of an abrasive. Supposedly, the clay bar system has been used by auto body and paint shops for years.
The Meguiars and Mother's web sites have streaming video clips that go into detail on this application. The Griot's Garage catalog is another big fan of using a clay bar.
After washing your car's surface, you spray it with a lubricant such as "detailer" and slide a flattened piece of the clay over the paint. The clay will pick up bug residue, paint overspray or other surface imperfections without removing any paint. Using an abrasive cleaner removes a small amount of the paint or clear coat. Another advantage of using the clay bar is that it is supposedly a fast way to clean the surface.
I've used a clay bar and I've used Meguiar's Paint Cleaner to prep the surface of my Accord before waxing. Both make the job of waxing easier and enable the wax or paint sealant to last longer.

 

Re: What are you using for car wax?, posted on August 2, 2005 at 20:10:55
tvr2500m
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Thanks. I'm going to give this a try.

- SJ

 

Meguiar's Gold Class, posted on September 25, 2005 at 20:07:00
Cory M.
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You know the saying "You can't polish a turd?" Well I think this stuff could even do that!

I have a friend who is a professional detailer, and this is what he recommends also.

 

Re: Klasse Twins....AIO Plus 6 Coats of SG, posted on July 7, 2006 at 07:42:06
RadioWonder
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Klasse "All In One" and Klasse "Sealant/Glaze"(6 coats) keep my Miata shiny in this Arizona heat. Carnauba burns off too quickly here.

 

P21S, posted on May 18, 2009 at 15:22:55
navman
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But have discovered the stuff harley Davidson sells is the same stuff for half price (S100).

Also use the paint conditioner once or twice a year prior to waxing.

I have found the #1 Blitz wax to be a bit less shiny but lasts a long time.
navman

 

RE: What are you using for car wax?, posted on August 14, 2011 at 20:53:09
Adriel
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The easiest products are the new clear sealant sprays that do not require buffing.

Such as Zaino Clear Seal and other similar products.

They are not the best for hiding spiderwebs on black vehicles, but on lighter vehicles they are decent for the work involved.

 

Meguiar's Clay Bar, detailer, and Gold Class, posted on June 1, 2012 at 12:03:42
finski
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Clay barred my high-miler 2004 545i sport and the colour (dark blue) came up unbelievably well. Will be doing it on my wife's 05 Z4 si roadster this weekend, although it's significantly more pampered so the result may not be so dramatic...

 

RE: What are you using for car wax?, posted on June 21, 2012 at 11:30:10
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look up Paul Dalton on youtube, over in UK he gets up to $5,000 a car.

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Hide it ~ nothing looks better..

 

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