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      04-14-2019 09:03 PM #1
      So I finally have a nicely-sized garage and some time on the weekends -- I'd like to do a thorough detail on my wife's car so the clear coat doesn't fail like it already is on the roof of my Yaris (Texas sun will fry it quickly with neglect).

      Years ago, when I cared more, I used Zymol and Meguiar's cleaner wax. I don't really care about a super wet, concours-quality finish -- I mean, it's a white Corolla -- but having the paint protected is most important, followed by easy application and removal.

      I saw this at AutoZone this morning when I was getting an oil filter -- seems to have good reviews on Amazon. Any other suggestions?

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      04-14-2019 09:06 PM #2


      Spray wax way be a little easier for a lazy man and they sell it at Wal Mart now

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      04-14-2019 09:11 PM #3
      I use a Griot's sealant wax of some sort (it was on closeout somewhere), and I've been pleased, I guess. I've found that letting it dry longer than I normally would before buffing seems to make it easier to get a decent finish. It tends to last about 6 months before water stops beading, but then again, my car sits in a garage 95% of the time.

      It's probably easier to apply spray wax every wash. I'd also wax the headlight lenses to keep them from clouding.

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      04-14-2019 09:28 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by 01tj View Post


      Spray wax way be a little easier for a lazy man and they sell it at Wal Mart now
      Really?!

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      04-14-2019 09:32 PM #5
      Meg's ultimate fast finish. WOWA that actually lasts (up to a year, but realistically more like 6mos).

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      04-14-2019 09:46 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by zmt2 View Post
      Meg's ultimate fast finish. WOWA that actually lasts (up to a year, but realistically more like 6mos).
      Thanks, that is interesting - I have never waxed the car up to this point, so I assume I would need to clay bar it or polish it before using something like that...?
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      04-14-2019 10:08 PM #7
      This is what I use...


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      04-14-2019 11:30 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      Thanks, that is interesting - I have never waxed the car up to this point, so I assume I would need to clay bar it or polish it before using something like that...?
      It just protects whatever's underneath. It adds a bit of gloss and will do some minor filling but it's not a cleaning/polishing product. I just like it because it's stupid easy to use and lasts a long time.

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      04-15-2019 09:00 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by zmt2 View Post
      Meg's ultimate fast finish. WOWA that actually lasts (up to a year, but realistically more like 6mos).
      Same claim with Nu Finish that I have been using for 25 years. Not the most glossy finish, actually fairly durable. Between the 3 annual coats I use a wax booster in spray to give a wet look.

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      04-15-2019 09:33 AM #10
      I'm no pro detailer but I pretend to be every now and then. I use my Griot's Garage random orbital with a Nanoskin pad in place of a clay bar and then if need be I use light polish. I still have a small amount of OptiCoat so I use that once I'm done.

      I see Chemical Guys has a new spray ceramic coating now too. https://www.chemicalguys.com/hydroch.../WAC23016.html

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      04-15-2019 02:20 PM #11
      Came in to post this. Leaving satisfied.

      Quote Originally Posted by BlakeV View Post
      Same claim with Nu Finish that I have been using for 25 years. Not the most glossy finish, actually fairly durable. Between the 3 annual coats I use a wax booster in spray to give a wet look.

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      04-14-2019 09:09 PM #12
      Ceramic coating. Do it once and it’s good for years to come.

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      04-14-2019 10:19 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomgli View Post
      Ceramic coating. Do it once and it’s good for years to come.
      I could've sworn Rustoleum referred to it as a ceramic coating in one of their print ads: https://www.rustoleum.com/pages/factor-4/

      It's supposed to last for 3 years.

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      04-14-2019 10:28 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomgli View Post
      Ceramic coating. Do it once and it’s good for years to come.
      Yeah, great stuff - but outrageously expensive.

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      04-14-2019 10:44 PM #15
      I thought you had to do "maintenance" with ceramic coating ?
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      04-14-2019 10:57 PM #16
      I just put this on the NC today....got caught up in the IG hype. I'll check back in a few weeks but i'm going with its a gimmick. It's not bad but I don't see it lasting more than a few weeks.


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      04-16-2019 06:28 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by forewheel View Post
      I just put this on the NC today....got caught up in the IG hype. I'll check back in a few weeks but i'm going with its a gimmick. It's not bad but I don't see it lasting more than a few weeks.


      I bought this one also. Let me know your review if used before me. Thx


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      04-15-2019 10:23 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
      Yeah, great stuff - but outrageously expensive.
      It's not too bad really, although I suppose that is a subjective statement. I paid $1000 to have it done to my Mercedes and honestly it's been worth every penny.

    19. 04-16-2019 01:06 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
      Yeah, great stuff - but outrageously expensive.
      https://www.amazon.com/Upgraded-Cera.../dp/B07D2DJ4TX

      That stuff works if you can properly apply it.

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      04-16-2019 01:12 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
      https://www.amazon.com/Upgraded-Cera.../dp/B07D2DJ4TX

      That stuff works if you can properly apply it.
      Anecdotal, but it doesn't seem to last too long, even in comparison to some sprays: https://youtu.be/fznghWNhPzA?t=291

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      04-16-2019 01:29 PM #21
      I'm extremely lazy with car exteriors, so the Meguiar's Ultimate Spray Wax works just fine for me. It's better than what I would normally do (no wax at all).

    22. 04-16-2019 04:40 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by proximal View Post
      Anecdotal, but it doesn't seem to last too long, even in comparison to some sprays: https://youtu.be/fznghWNhPzA?t=291
      Yeah FWIW I live way out on a dirt road and my car usually looks like this



      I have a black ELR now and I can tell you that this stuff is a total lifesaver. 90% doesn't stick. The rest comes off easily.

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      04-14-2019 09:12 PM #23
      Waxing is a waste of time.

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      04-15-2019 10:17 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by ChillOutPossum View Post
      Waxing is a waste of time.
      Says the guy with a rusted out 5 year old truck!

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      04-15-2019 10:23 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by freedomgli View Post
      Ceramic coating. Do it once and it’s good for years to come.
      Agreed. If you're really inclined, you can DIY ceramic coating and it doesn't cost much at all. But even spending $600 to have a pro apply it is well worth it if you want to keep your car for a long time. I had my Focus coated with Ceramic Pro and I'm really happy with it. Probably going to get the Mazda done at some point too.

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