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Old 08-21-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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Bought Used ZX3 - Need Wax Recommendations

I bought an 03 charcoal grey ZX3 last night and want to do some work to the exterior. I plan to either replace the fogged up headlight lenses, or restore them. I also want to give her a wax treatment.

The paint is good condition but can use some wax. I know there are clay bars and 3 step wax systems. I am fairly new to this and would appreciate some suggestions on whats needed and product recommendations.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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On a car that age, I'd clay it, use a random orbital (Porter-Cable 7424) with a fine-cut polishing compound (Pinnacle Fine Swirl Remover) & a light cutting pad (Lake Country Orange), apply a synthetic wax (I really like Mother's FX or Zaino) & top it off with a pure carnauba (AutoMagic #15, as an example). Depending on the condition of your clearcoat, you might need a more aggressive polish & pad combination to get the light scratches out.
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Always Liquid waxes if your not sure how much elbow grease your willing to invest.
Good for cleaning, gloss, and durability


Meguiars Ultimate Wax


http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...te-wax-liquid/
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First thing I would do is not bother with wax and instead pick up a sealant.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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Where will you be buying your detailing supplies from? Local store or specialty store/online?

You are going to definitely need to wash, clay, polish, and seal it. Are you going to detail your car on a regular basis?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for replies, guys. I dont want to spend a ton, so I was thinking about buying from Walmart, Target or Autozone. I will probably detail car once a year.

I think I need to go the route that cbdallas posted. I have no idea if the previous owner ever waxed it, etc.
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Ok, since the local store are the most convenient I would recommend going with the Meguire's Ultimate products, and perhaps also the Meguire's NXT Tech Wax sealant.
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If your looking for great products without spending a lot of money try Chemical Guys. They have a XXX hardcore wax. I think it's $18 for a jar. Awesome wax for the money. Their waxes and sealants are insanely durable. I detail for a living and to be honest bang for buck they are the best. I have never used a product they have made that did not live up to what they said it did.
Meguairs NXT is good in paste form. The liquid is terrible pain to get off.
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I prefer 1z Enizette paint polish and some Collinite 476 double coat wax
www.Autogeek.net has some great deals on all the detailing gear and product. Usually has some great deals too, and ALOT of how to help.
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