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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 09:09 PM #3
      Ceramic coating. Do it once and it’s good for years to come.

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      04-14-2019 09:11 PM #4
      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 09:12 PM #5
      Waxing is a waste of time.

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      04-14-2019 09:28 PM #6
      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 #7
      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 #8
      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 #9
      This is what I use...


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      04-14-2019 10:19 PM #10
      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 #11
      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 #12
      I thought you had to do "maintenance" with ceramic coating ?
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      04-14-2019 10:57 PM #13
      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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      04-14-2019 11:22 PM #14
      the lazy wax is using a Wash & Wax product.

      Or run it through the car wash and spend money on the sprayed on sealant option and go every month
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    16. 04-14-2019 11:25 PM #15
      That chemical guys spray wax costs like 11-13 $$$ in walmart booooI just get the meguiars for 6-8.00

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      04-14-2019 11:30 PM #16
      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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      04-14-2019 11:56 PM #17
      I use the Meguiars hybrid ceramic wax on my wife’s car.
      https://www.meguiars.com/automotive/...-g190526-26-oz

      Only had the car for almost 4 months so I can’t really give a solid positive or negative review. You have to apply it to a clean dry car the first time and wipe it off. After that you apply it after you wash the car, rinse it off and dry.


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      04-15-2019 01:06 AM #18
      Optimum Opti-Seal. You don't even have to wipe up any excess, it just flashes off. Lasts a long time, too.

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      04-15-2019 01:30 AM #19
      I wash the car with Optimum No Rinse Wash & Wax so I never have to separately wax ever.
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      04-15-2019 08:48 AM #20
      The Griots stuff is a good cleaner wax.

      The laziest wax would be any decent wash n wax product. If you want two steps, a good spray wax will work great. I've been using Meguiars Quik Wax for years on maintenance washes. I haven't tried their Ceramic Wax yet, but that's next on my list.

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      04-15-2019 09:00 AM #21
      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 #22
      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 09:43 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Hatch View Post
      I use the Meguiars hybrid ceramic wax on my wife’s car.
      https://www.meguiars.com/automotive/...-g190526-26-oz

      Only had the car for almost 4 months so I can’t really give a solid positive or negative review. You have to apply it to a clean dry car the first time and wipe it off. After that you apply it after you wash the car, rinse it off and dry.


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      The spray on products are really coming into their own this year. The water activated products save yet another step and are super forgiving. The Meguiars might not be the best product available but it's one of the most cost effective and widely available locally, which means a lot to most people.

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      04-15-2019 10:14 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by bnkrpt311 View Post
      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
      I think it's important to establish a baseline of what constitutes "lazy." my recommendation was for the bottom of the barrel, can't even be bothered to wipe a thing off, kind of lazy.

      If you're willing to break out the power tools, I know detailers like (or used to like) 3D HD speed as a good one step, then go on top of that with your favorite spray/wipe on sealant. I'm sure there are some true AIO products people could recommend.

      From there, I'd say something like clay/nanoskin + two step with something that cuts decently + something to remove any hazing (megs UC + 205, etc), then follow that up with the sealant of your choice, but you're getting into an afternoon's worth of work there.

      I agree that spray products are really nice these days. Maybe someday I'll have a car that's worth the ceramic treatment, but in the meantime I get the protection and shine I need by using whatever highly recommended synthetic sealant is on sale when I'm running low. If it's easy to apply, it's easy to keep applied.

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      04-15-2019 10:17 AM #25
      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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