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Old 05-30-2005, 02:45 PM   #1
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What is a decent "wash/wax" ratio?

I am going to be honest. I am one of those guys that doesn't care for my car's paint nearly as much as I should because I have so little free time, and while I like my car, I'm not tooo concerned with keeping it clean all the time, especially as I aspire to get a new car in the near future.

Anyway, I am sick of seeing my car so filthy all the time... in Boston the weather pretty much sucks so it's always dirty.

I take it to a really nice handwash place usually, and occassionally I will take it to a decent automatic wash when I am pressed for time and money.

I have only had the car detailed once in the three years I have owned it, simply because I don't have the time or money to have it detailed more often... I also don't have a driveway or any kind of setup or products to wash my car.

Anyway, I am thinking that maybe every weekend or two I will get it handwashed from now on. The place I go to is great... but how much washing is too much washing without waxing? I don't want my paint to get hurt.

So what would be a decent ratio if I am going to very rarely have the car waxed?

wash every weekend of the summer, with one full detail also? with two full details?

wash every other weekend of the summer, with a full detail?

So I know it's a strange question... but basically I don't want to ruin the nice black paint, but I want a clean shiny car with the minimum time devoted to waxing/detail
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Old 05-30-2005, 06:47 PM   #2
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Swirls start to show after about 2 washes for me.

I'm a professional detailer so my car gets waxed about 1/3 washes.

Good ratio: 5/1

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Old 05-30-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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At ADS the price for a wash is the same for a wash wax and vac. 1 hr service while u wait. Our cars 05 slk 350, ) 04 350Z nissan and our demo car 01 is300 lexus is always wash n wax service. 100% .
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Old 06-04-2005, 02:07 AM   #4
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^huh?
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Old 06-08-2005, 11:06 AM   #5
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every time I wash it its probably overkill, yet I just convince myself that i need all the wax to protect the car during winter

My old man has his car washed every day at our parking garage. And then they Zaino it 3x a week.
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Old 06-08-2005, 11:52 PM   #6
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every time I wash it its probably overkill, yet I just convince myself that i need all the wax to protect the car during winter

My old man has his car washed every day at our parking garage. And then they Zaino it 3x a week.
Fark, what the hell does he drive?
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:36 AM   #7
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What does this Zaino treatment entail? 3x a week seems alot of polish.
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Old 06-09-2005, 04:42 PM   #8
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Zaino is the perfect solution for the obsessed. If you want to wax every time, Zaino is the answer. I am not a good customer for Zaino... and from the sounds of it neither are you....

I lived in Malden for about a year and I don't think I washed my car once during that time. I miss the Boston area. Anyway, when I did finally wash it, it looked great. I had used 'Duragloss' to wax before I moved up there. I've used it for the past several years with good luck. I wax my wife and I's cars about once every 3 to 6 months now, regardless of how much I wash them. For Boston, wax it once at the beginning of Summer and again in Fall and you should be good for the winter. Be sure to get the undercarriage sprayed/washed or otherwise cleaned at some point to get the salt off.

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