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Old 05-30-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Ok so im going to be detailing my aspen white wrx. i had a couple questions.

What is better, mothers or meguirs?

And this is the step i was going to follow.
1.wash the car
2.clay bar
3.polish it with idk what?
4.wax it with idk what?

What are some good products for polish and wax that are mothers or meguirs?

And also after i clay bar the whole car, do i throw away the clay or can i reuse it?
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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The clay is reusable as long as it retains a cleanish hue. Clay bar is reusable plenty of times as long as you don't drop it or get lots of dirt particles stuck in it.

I have been using Meguiars professional line products for my polishing and like them very much. I currently use M105 and M205, ultra cut compound and finishing polish.

I would recommend using a paste wax. If you are just looking for an off the shelf product, Meguiars NXT 2.0 tech wax is one of those products that exceed expectations for an off the shelf.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:02 PM   #3
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I hate when I drop it!
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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Saturday I tried Mothers clay Saturday and it worked nicely. I have always used Meguiars Gold Class Wax. Works very nicely; goes on easy, wipes up with ease and leaves a great carnauba shine for weeks. I've noticed that it repeals dirt for about 2 weeks then starts to wear off a little. Keep in mind that during these 2 weeks I wash my car about 4 times. Since I wax about every 4 weeks, I'm not too sure about how long the shine will last. Great products for the price. For $13.99 I can get about 2 waxes out of the can. Paint also looks good as new.
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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Collinite 476s is a heavy duty old school style wax that will last for 6-12 months depending on where the car is parked. $16 worth of this stuff will last you a couple of years since you need very little on the car.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:50 PM   #6
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I would recommend using a paste wax. If you are just looking for an off the shelf product, Meguiars NXT 2.0 tech wax is one of those products that exceed expectations for an off the shelf.
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it smells nice, easy to apply, and lasts a reasonable amount of time too.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:56 PM   #7
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Just like pho_shizzle stated with the meguairs professional line up of 105/205 combo. Google it and you'll see tons of positive reviews along with tons of before and after shots. As far as off the shelf waxes go, I love nxt.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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I would worry less about whether to use Mothers or meguairs and focus more on the details of your procedure, including how you wash and dry. The spiderweb devil is in those details. Only work in the shade, use a microfiber wash mit, grit guards, dont apply too much pressure when washing, use the dab method to dry, use open web drying towels. For polishing/waxing, dont cheap out on microfiber cloths, dont apply too much product, dont apply too much pressure....etc. If you pay attention to the details, as long as you're not using garbage products, your car will look good.

I use the mothers line and have been happy with it.

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Old 06-08-2011, 01:29 AM   #9
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Is the car new? Does it have heavy water spots/paint spray? I don't see the need to clay-bar if the car is new . . . clay bar is to get off the crap that doesn't come off from a regular wash and wax . . . you can always use a clay bar but its a lot of freaking work if you don't really need it.
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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So what would you all recommend, then? I'm kinda looking into the Meguiars NXT Tech Wax 2.0. The review kinda makes it out to be both a paint sealant and a wax? I'm just looking for something to put on post wash/rinse/drying. I already use a microfiber hand mitt for the wash process...but need to get some fiber towels for drying.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:54 AM   #11
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Go to walmart, see if they have any Auto Glym wax in the clearance section. I got some for $10. Turned out GREAT! Way better than the nufinish I used before.

I also use walmart MF cloths. Never had a problem. They seem to be good quality. Just be sure to wash them. If you drop one, don't put it back on your paint, grab another one.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:30 AM   #12
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So what would you all recommend, then? I'm kinda looking into the Meguiars NXT Tech Wax 2.0. The review kinda makes it out to be both a paint sealant and a wax? I'm just looking for something to put on post wash/rinse/drying. I already use a microfiber hand mitt for the wash process...but need to get some fiber towels for drying.
I believe it's a synthetic sealant. I'm not sure that there's any actual wax in it. I also believe it contains "fillers" that will cover up minor imperfections in the paint, similar to what a glaze does. I use the liquid version of this and it's not bad. Some people use sealants followed by carnuba wax. They say it gives the car an extra "pop."

When you clay bar, you might want to split up the clay into two or three pieces so that if you drop one you have more clay. TBH, if I drop clay, I just remove any debris I see and reuse it. Most people here will hate me for that. Instead of throwing out the piece, you can cut off the part that hit the floor and salvage the rest.

Poorboy's also makes good products. I use them for most of my detailing needs.

You can use waffle weave microfiber towels or The Absorber chammy (from autozone) for drying. Other methods include driving the car or using a leaf blower.

Before drying, remove the spray nozzle from your house and give the car a final top-to-bottom rinse with medium pressure (I mean no hose attachments). The water will "sheet" off of the car, taking with it most of the drops you'd otherwise have to dry off.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:31 AM   #13
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Thanks for the help guys! I actually broke down and bought a bottle of Zymol (original formula). I was stuck between that NXT 2.0 stuff and every other brand...so I chose what my buddy recommended. Waxed the WRX today, my first time ever doing so. Kinda time consuming...but the end product is worth it! I'm sure I'll end up using other brands, no doubt. Those MF towels work pretty well, also. I may have dropped the MF or applicator once or twice but I made sure to shake/brush it off prior to using it again. Being kinda paranoid, I checked out my car for any gouges or decent sized scratches on all surfaces. Didn't see anything really, just the typical paint swirls. As it is, Subaru has historically "weak-sauce" paint....AND I'm rockin' obsidian black! Nothing going for me on that one, haha. The Zymol did knock away some of the paint swirls...but not all of them.
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