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Old 01-21-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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Question Whimper....

For those of you who wish to cast stones at me, be my guest... I bought my car a little over a year ago and have never had/taken the time to wax it... so Today I finally broke down and started to wax it. after 5 coats on the hood the towel will still remain, rather than slide off.... My question for you guys(and gals) is how many coats typically do you put on/ how often? this way I can kinda get an Idea on how much longer it will take me to get the finish I want... lol.....

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Old 01-21-2007, 08:30 PM   #2
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personally, I do about one coat every season so twice in the summer once in the spring and once in the fall. Personally, I think white cars are hard to wax cuz I have a white mustang and it is so much easier to wax the fofo.
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ok......did you clay bar the car first? you may have contaminents UNDER the wax that are preventing that smooth feel.......more wax isn't always the answer......you have to start with a surface that has NOTHING on it.......

1. wash
2. clay bar
3. cleaner wax
4. carnuba wax (I like the paste, seems to last longer.....I like Turtle wax, cheap and good)
5. maybe another coat if you want (I only do one coat)

^^^remember to do this in the SHADE.....stay away from the sunlight.....

you should judge the finished job by how water beads on the finish, not by if the towel slides off......

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Old 01-21-2007, 08:56 PM   #4
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clay bar, duh ok... so now that I have screwed myself by putting wax on it ... how can I clean it up at this point?

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i think the clay will take off the wax, but you might also want to wait a month before you do it, you dont want to damge the clearcoat or the paint, but im not sure on this, im assuming itd take the wax off
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I'd go wash it, then claybar it and start over again. Claying it after wax shouldn't hurt anything, you'll just be removing the wax.
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to remove the wax, the best method is to use dishwasher detergent. i waxed my car for the first time a couple weeks since i bought my car new over 2 years ago. i however did not claybar it either but i will when spring comes around.
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^thats what it was, dishsaop takes the wax off, thanks orangesvtguy!
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no prob

i didn't spend 5 hours at a meguiars detail class for nothing.
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to remove the wax, the best method is to use dishwasher detergent. i waxed my car for the first time a couple weeks since i bought my car new over 2 years ago. i however did not claybar it either but i will when spring comes around.
He is 100% correct ^^^ Just to add, Dawn strips a car of wax better than anything I have found.
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