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In Reply to: RE: I walk into Pep boys, Autozone, O'reilley, Walmart, which car wax do I walk out with? posted by Green Lantern on June 11, 2017 at 13:57:00
There's a lot of good finishes out there, pick one from the advice you get here.
More important is the surface of the paint before apply whatever you decide on. How much time do you want to spend prepping your paint surface? Not much? Then one of the spray bottle "wipe on wipe off" finishes every two or three car washes. fast & easy.
Now if you want to do a good job, after a good wash take a piece of plastic wrap, lay it on a surface of your car & with the flat of your hand move it around. What do you feel? You will be surprised.
Spending 3-4 hrs with a clay bar once a year before applying any finish is prudent.
If you take it to the car wash, you don't care.
Yes, buffers are as diverse as audio gear and get expensive.
I have not ever washed a car with soap and water.
(when I say ever, I mean as an adult owning my own car)
I rinse the car off with a hose, and wipe it off with my HAND while rinsing it, That is it.
Usually I 'wash' my car if it is already wet. Like I just brought it in after driving while it is raining, or snowing. I will then rinse it off. and use a 'California Water Blade' to strip off 95% of the droplets. and park it.
If I wax it, I wax it a day after I washed it as I do.
I usually try to wax once or twice a year when a car is newerish. (first 6-7 years)
When my Contour SVT was old, I just ignore waxing it, and when it hit ten years, I skip washing it.. I have wiped the hood off (of my 10 plus year old car) though, if the hood was wet. LOL
You don't need a buffer. A clay bar to clean the surface first & some elbow grease.
Then some Meguiar's carnauba paste wax.
Yes, drive through car washes are a sin.
I mean a tool. I like that kid that has one. His new one pivots and rotates in two directions. He uses it for compounds, restoring yellow head lights and whatnot. You can't screw up with these super models because it won't get too hot.
Personally, I have no experience in the buffers and am happy to use his elbow grease.
Lightweight, even application. Better than the Makita I had (and lent to a friend many moons ago).
That looks really handy for waxing and whatnot. The kid is a nut and has to have the German super, duper unit. I just checked, it's a Flex XC3401VRG. I wouldn't dare touch it for fear of his wrath.
6-inch random orbital. Mine is much smaller 3-inch. I still have a 6-inch Makita, somewhere. Check out this listing! Must by the "Western Electric" NOS version!
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