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Old 01-26-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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I just bought my black 2014 focus and decided to wash and wax it. Well I waxed it and then buffed it off and it looked good but when I got it under some brighter light it looks like I didn't get off all the wax it not swoorl marks mor like smugging. First time owning a black vehicles. Input would be great thanks.


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Old 01-26-2014, 09:56 PM   #2
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To get that smudging look off u get the car in a cooler no sunlight area take a damp microfiber cloth and rub the left over wax areas u have and dry it off with a dry rag instantly the other way that u can get all the wax off but u will need to re wax it when your done is. Wash the car then clay bar the whole car painted surfaces only with a fine clay u can get the kit at napa or any parts store Walmart sells one as well. Clay the car using soapy water to help lube the clay to glide across the panel. This will not only help get your previous dry wax off but will give a nice cleaner surface for the new wax to go on. After u clay the car re wash it dry it with a shami and then re wax the car. I use a 3m marine wax it has an exelent shine and beads water up like crazy I applied mine 6 months ago and the car still beads up like I just waxed it.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:58 PM   #3
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On mine, after I washed it, and dried it with a microfiber cloth, I sprayed the entire car with a spray wax detailer to lift off any remaining grit or dirt.
then I applied TurtleWax Ice Liquid wax with another set of clean microfiber.
the wipe off with another microfiber. keeping a clean towel is the key to getting off all the way, and it not looking hazed or smugy......but definately spraying with a detailer before waxing helps.

I have the same Metallic Black.

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I just bought my black 2014 focus and decided to wash and wax it. Well I waxed it and then buffed it off and it looked good but when I got it under some brighter light it looks like I didn't get off all the wax it not swoorl marks mor like smugging. First time owning a black vehicles. Input would be great thanks.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:28 PM   #4
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I would also suggest using Iron-X. You would be amazed at how contaminated the clear coat gets while being transported.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:42 PM   #5
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You probably also used too much wax. Contrary to popular belief, more is not better when it comes to wax. You only need to apply a very small amount to provide protection.

Check out this link for some tips: http://www.autogeek.net/car-wax-detailing.html
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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Sounds like you used too much wax, or it was too hot or cold when you were doing it.
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I just bought my black 2014 focus and decided to wash and wax it. Well I waxed it and then buffed it off and it looked good but when I got it under some brighter light it looks like I didn't get off all the wax it not swoorl marks mor like smugging. First time owning a black vehicles. Input would be great thanks.
Use a dry microfiber towel to buff off dried wax. If it still looks smudgy, use some instant detailer and more microfiber towels to buff it to a good shine. Only if you're sure the surface is already clean of contaminants, though. The car needs to be washed and completely dried (and have a claybar run over it) before applying waxes.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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"Wax on, wax off".

Use one towel to put the wax on -- just a little, you're not trying to leave a thick coat. Then another clean towel to take it back off. Don't worry, you're going to leave enough wax behind.

When you're done, walk down the car looking at the reflections in the surface to find the little smudgy spots where you missed some, and buff that back off with your towel.
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Another good practice, which I always do is the "final wipe." This can be done one of two ways, or both. Pull your car out in the sun and take a clean, fresh towel and wipe down the entire car again. Or, you can take another clean, fresh towel and spray it with one or 2 squirts of instant detailer or clay lube and wipe down the entire car again.
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