Carnauba wax

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Kaido

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Showroom shine trick: (wait a full 24 hours between single coats)

Day 1: Wash car & wax with one coat of synthetic (any brand)
Day 2: Wax with one coat of carnauba (any brand)
Day 3: Wax with another single coat of carnuaba.

If you're into keeping your car shiny, Meguiar's MT300 polisher is on sale for under $200 at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-MT300-Pro-Power-Polisher/dp/B00OTK5JHG/
 

z1ggy

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Showroom shine trick: (wait a full 24 hours between single coats)

Day 1: Wash car & wax with one coat of synthetic (any brand)
Day 2: Wax with one coat of carnauba (any brand)
Day 3: Wax with another single coat of carnuaba.

If you're into keeping your car shiny, Meguiar's MT300 polisher is on sale for under $200 at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-MT300-Pro-Power-Polisher/dp/B00OTK5JHG/

This is the way to go, but unless you essentially have a sterile garage to put your car in... you'll end up potentially swirling around a bunch of dirt/dust particles on the car during carnauba wax #1. That spray on synthetic stuff is garbage. Do a full detail right out of the gate with a carnauba wax to top it off.. Cover the car, then wax again next morning.
 

Kaido

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This is the way to go, but unless you essentially have a sterile garage to put your car in... you'll end up potentially swirling around a bunch of dirt/dust particles on the car during carnauba wax #1. That spray on synthetic stuff is garbage. Do a full detail right out of the gate with a carnauba wax to top it off.. Cover the car, then wax again next morning.

Also, best to do it in a warm environment. Catch is not many of us have heated garages for the winter :( It's supposed to get up to 60F this weekend, so I'm hoping to catch one last wax for the season. Never used spray-on wax, that sounds as ridiculous as the $14 wash & "wax" you get at the local car wash haha. Mother's is a good way to go for synthetic goop:

http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-05716-California-Gold-Synthetic/dp/B006VU3762

There's a lot of neat products available now too. I'm no guru, but I've seen good results with a greater variety of tools, such as this stuff:

http://www.wolfschemicals.com/en/termek/wp-0np---nano-coating----hard-body-

Plus all of the neat gadgets out there like the MT300. People do some crazy things with detailing these days:

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?37-Show-Off-Your-Latest-Detail-Work

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?12-Extreme-Makeover-Before-amp-After-Pictures
 

z1ggy

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Also, best to do it in a warm environment. Catch is not many of us have heated garages for the winter :( It's supposed to get up to 60F this weekend, so I'm hoping to catch one last wax for the season. Never used spray-on wax, that sounds as ridiculous as the $14 wash & "wax" you get at the local car wash haha. Mother's is a good way to go for synthetic goop:

http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-05716-California-Gold-Synthetic/dp/B006VU3762

There's a lot of neat products available now too. I'm no guru, but I've seen good results with a greater variety of tools, such as this stuff:

http://www.wolfschemicals.com/en/termek/wp-0np---nano-coating----hard-body-

Plus all of the neat gadgets out there like the MT300. People do some crazy things with detailing these days:

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?37-Show-Off-Your-Latest-Detail-Work

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?12-Extreme-Makeover-Before-amp-After-Pictures

YEah.... Idk I guess I'm old school? Not sure I believe in all the whole nano this and that stuff. I stick to a traditional detail:

1) Wash (foam spray!!), towel dry, use a CLEAN leaf blower to get in all the tiny cracks & crevices
2)Clay (probably most over looked step by all amatuers)
3)High grit polish, wipe clean
4)Light grit polish, wipe clean
5)Apply Sealant, wipe clean
6)Carnuaba Wax

Don't forget to polish any chrome if you have it, and clean the wheels. Additionally, you can wax most wheels, too. You can add a 2nd wax the next morning, but honestly after doing the above your shine should be insane. I did this to my black Genesis coupe last summer and I could see my reflection and the clouds in the sky, the whole 9 yards. I never measured the shine though... but I was extremely happy.
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squirrel dog

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actually marketing is the king of queens . That's why you pay more now for half a sock .
 
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