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Old 02-22-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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I washed my car today and made a quick video just now. do you guys keep your paint nice and waxed? the wax i use is apparently extremely (like on the extreme end of durability) so I like it. thanks to my friend B for recommending it. anyway cool video of beading action.


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I use P21S 100% Carnauba wax after claying & polishing.

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Back in the old days when I used Eagle 1 nano wax, which I thought was pretty good for a spray on wax. Here it is at 3 weeks:

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Pshhh by the way you treat your car, ur whip still shines, even if you didnt wash it lol

So but seriously though the texture and quality of the paint looked great in the video, imagine what that would look like in person!

Have you every worked with meguiars wax mango? Not the spray but the yellowish substance
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My car always has a base coat of Black Fire WD. Then for a topper I use either autoglym HD, pinnacle souveran, or P21S, depending on my mood
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Ramtin, I've used Meguiars Tech Wax before. Only meguiars wax i've used, really.

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Nice thing about Fern Green...no one looks at it, so I don't have to be fussy about wax. It's so ugly...I don't want to call attention to it...just protect the paint.
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Nice thing about Fern Green...no one looks at it, so I don't have to be fussy about wax. It's so ugly...I don't want to call attention to it...just protect the paint.
it's honestly a nice color, man. you should take care of it and be proud!!
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Nice thing about Fern Green...no one looks at it, so I don't have to be fussy about wax. It's so ugly...I don't want to call attention to it...just protect the paint.
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I just piss on my paint. Seems to work well......
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I just piss on my paint. Seems to work well......
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Trust me, it's way too small to see anything.
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How long does it take you to wax? Do you clay each time?
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How long does it take you to wax? Do you clay each time?
I use spray wax after every wash. Doesn't take me longer than 15-20 minutes. I use a paste wax every 3-6 months which takes significantly longer. I clay and polish every 6 months. Claying takes hours.
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How long does it take you to wax? Do you clay each time?
Is this question directed at me? Sorry, confused.

If so: Not too long. IW is fairly easy to use.
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Is this question directed at me? Sorry, confused.

If so: Not too long. IW is fairly easy to use.
directed at anyone who waxes their car. i don't wax as much as i'd like to because i feel the need to clay before and that takes a dauntingly long time.
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I use this same wax but I can't seem to get the same results you do. maybe I am doing it wrong? or maybe I need to use that follow up product.
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I use this same wax but I can't seem to get the same results you do. maybe I am doing it wrong? or maybe I need to use that follow up product.
As others said, your paint needs to be as smooth as glass otherwise all the wax in the world won't help you. start with a clean slate. this means clay and polish first before wax. you might want to pay a professional to do this especially since your car is red (it looks faded in the pic you have as your sig as red paint tends to turn pink if not looked after).you can spend hundreds on equipment alone.
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As others said, your paint needs to be as smooth as glass otherwise all the wax in the world won't help you. start with a clean slate. this means clay and polish first before wax. you might want to pay a professional to do this especially since your car is red (it looks faded in the pic you have as your sig as red paint tends to turn pink if not looked after).you can spend hundreds on equipment alone.
Yupp. My last job was an automotive detailer for 5 years before I got sick of the bullshit with the company and blew their lies and exploitative practices wide open for everyone to see. Then they fired me. Capitalist oppression FTW?

Anywys. Yeah you need to clay your shizz first to get all the contaminants out of the paint that washing alone can't remove. Then the wax, and then your car will be shiny and silky "schmoove" as we used to say in the shop. Red is a pretty forgiving paint color. Even just a wax makes red cars look a lot better and they glow with a good buff. I love red BMW's. Try a small spot on your car to see how it looks. Just pick a spot that you don't really notice and try some clay on it and then a decent wax and see what it does for the paint. It's hard to tell the condition of your paint just from one pic, though.

And E46Mango, that wax is really good stuff if it still beads like that after two months.
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As others said, your paint needs to be as smooth as glass otherwise all the wax in the world won't help you. start with a clean slate. this means clay and polish first before wax. you might want to pay a professional to do this especially since your car is red (it looks faded in the pic you have as your sig as red paint tends to turn pink if not looked after).you can spend hundreds on equipment alone.
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Anywys. Yeah you need to clay your shizz first to get all the contaminants out of the paint that washing alone can't remove. Then the wax, and then your car will be shiny and silky "schmoove" as we used to say in the shop. Red is a pretty forgiving paint color. Even just a wax makes red cars look a lot better and they glow with a good buff. I love red BMW's. Try a small spot on your car to see how it looks. Just pick a spot that you don't really notice and try some clay on it and then a decent wax and see what it does for the paint. It's hard to tell the condition of your paint just from one pic, though.
I usually clay twice a year. The clay bar of choice is Mothers (I can find this down the street at an Oreillys). Maybe I should try something different. I use Klasse AIO and Collinite twice a year. Every two months I use Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax for a refresh. Normal washes consists of the two bucket method with Meguiars Gold Class followed by the quick wax they make. Im curious about the Hybrid V7 Optical Select. Maybe I'll order a bottle and try that out. The paint looks and feel fantastic after. No pink. All my pictures on here are from my iPhone 4 and have been reshaped. I'm thinking that's why my car is looking pink. The two biggest problems I'm having is the water beading not lasting months like I was told it should and close up fine scratches from the previous owner. I guess she used a regular towel to dry.
I've been looking around for a trustworthy detailer around that knows their buffers. I dont trust myself with one nor a regular car wash place.

Also have been thinking about hooking a RV water filter between my house and hose so all my water comes out pure without tap contaminates.
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Nice beading. I try to keep mine slick to the point where I can't lay a microfiber towel on it without it slipping off.
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