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Old 12-31-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Waxing & Polishing year one What to use

I literally just purchased my 2014 Ford Focus, first time new owner. I realize the season for waxing and polishing is a ways off. What should I be using for exterior cleaning? Should I use a polish/wax all in one or wax only since it's a new car? Or should I be waxing at all since it's a clear coat year one?

Any recommendations on brands and types of cleaning care products? I'm leaning towards Meguires Gold products but don't really know what I should be using.

Also a friend of mine suggested I should use Z-AIO All-in-one for the first coat. Then Z-2 PRO Show Car Polish for Clear Coated Car Finishes for all future waxes for the season.


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Old 12-31-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I would clay bar it, then polish it and seal it. I suggest meguiars clay bar kit, ultimate polish and ultimate wax. I would also maintain the wax with their ultimate spray wax once a month when you wash. Also invest in some nice microfiber towels to help keep swirls and scratches reduced to a minimum when you wash and dry and buff off wax.

If you want I have a full bottle of their ultimate polish and a few brand new white clay bars I can send you, pm me if interested.
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Check out our Auto washing, polish & detail area for plenty of ideas & opinions.

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Would you like as big a surprise as I got from a automotive wax?

One word:

Collinite (#845)

I've used an amazing number of different waxes/et al over the years. Collinite blew me away.

FWIW, IMHO there is little to no reason to clay bar a brand new car. There hasn't been enough time to pollute the paint surface yet. But, it couldn't hurt.
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I work as a detailer in a dealership, what every product you choose to use I highly recommend you clay the hole car first. Even tho its new, and it looks good there's a chance of crap being on there for what ever reason.

I wont recommend any products because I get all my stuff from my job for free and they don't sell it at your local stores
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Would you like as big a surprise as I got from a automotive wax?

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Collinite (#845)

I've used an amazing number of different waxes/et al over the years. Collinite blew me away.

FWIW, IMHO there is little to no reason to clay bar a brand new car. There hasn't been enough time to pollute the paint surface yet. But, it couldn't hurt.
It depends on how long its been sitting at the ramps= the original one & the intended desination. I've seen many vechicles w/ rail dust on them. I've done intransit damage for over 10 yrs.
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Go to a dealer and take some cotton and rub it across the surface of a new car and I bet they all need a clay job.
I did mine within a month of taking it off the lot and the diff in feel of the paint was night and day.
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Go to a dealer and take some cotton and rub it across the surface of a new car and I bet they all need a clay job.
I did mine within a month of taking it off the lot and the diff in feel of the paint was night and day.
This x2.

Take it a step further and cut/polish your paint right away. This well help reduce the orange-peel.
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I would clay bar it, then polish it and seal it. I suggest meguiars clay bar kit, ultimate polish and ultimate wax. I would also maintain the wax with their ultimate spray wax once a month when you wash. Also invest in some nice microfiber towels to help keep swirls and scratches reduced to a minimum when you wash and dry and buff off wax.

If you want I have a full bottle of their ultimate polish and a few brand new white clay bars I can send you, pm me if interested.


Do you mind explaining what each step does?

I'm new to washing/detailing. Unfortunately, I washed my car before coming on here, and put a few small scratches.

I get that the clay bar removes the small particles.

What does polishing/waxing do?

Also, in general is the Megulars kit the best value for the money?
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