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Old 07-07-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Question How to get the best durability from your wax?

So I read that proper prep is the key to getting the best longevity from a coat of any wax or sealant.

So what would be the proper preparation to get the most durable coat of wax?
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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I just did mine this weekend and tried the claybar process. Took forever but did a good job of prepping the surface for the wax.
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Clay at a minimum--depending on the condition of the paint, you may want to look into polishing to remove minor swirls or defects.
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If durability is on the top of your list of aspects you value in a wax/sealant, I would say product choice would make the most difference in your result. Some are also more compatible that others and a completely product-free surface is not necessarily needed to get adequate longevity. Having said that, in most cases I usually do a thorough decontamination/cleaning prior to applying a new wax/sealant and/or after correcting.
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If durability is on the top of your list of aspects you value in a wax/sealant, I would say product choice would make the most difference in your result.
I just ordered some Finish Kare 1000P that I plan to use for the winter, supposedly it's very tough stuff.

However for this weekend, I picked up a Meguiars Clay Bar kit which also includes their "Cleaner Wax". So I plan to wash, clay bar, follow that with Cleaner Wax, and then use Megs Ultimate Wax as a sealant. Though I'm thinking about picking up some non-wax cleaner/polish like "Ultimate Polish" to use instead of the Cleaner Wax.

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I just ordered some Finish Kare 1000P that I plan to use for the winter, supposedly it's very tough stuff.

However for this weekend, I picked up a Meguiars Clay Bar kit which also includes their "Cleaner Wax". So I plan to wash, clay bar, follow that with Cleaner Wax, and then use Megs Ultimate Wax as a sealant. Though I'm thinking about picking up some non-wax cleaner/polish like "Ultimate Polish" to use instead of the Cleaner Wax.
....I would probably go with the Ult Polish like you said. You will likely gets less compatibility issues with the UW on top although its always going to be a "YMMV" sort of thing.
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