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Old 09-16-2002, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default what am i doing wrong when i wax?

ok. i wash the car. nice and clean. i dry the car. nice and dry. i bust out the bottle of meguire's polish. i polish my baby. then i bust out some meguire's wax. i wax my lovely car. when i finished, it looked like crap. kinda dulll and hazy. what the HEII am i doing wrong??? id appreciate any help guys. you all rock!

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i guess i should be a tad more specific. i wipe all the wax off. i do a nice clean job. but the thing that is bothering me i guess, is that its not like a mirror shine. its a dull shine. there is no wax or anything on the hood. it shines but hazy and dull kinda. maybe its me?
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Old 09-16-2002, 06:01 PM   #2
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.... did you wipe the hazy wax off....? Sorry to question you on that, but you'll be surprised with what one can forget at the strangest times...
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Old 09-16-2002, 06:35 PM   #3
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Default Answer: detail clay bar

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More often than not, most new cars have some sort of surface contamination. Try wiping the paint surface with your hand. Feel the grits? Surface contamination. But don't worry too much, as there's an easy fix: detailing clay bar. Meguiar and Mothers both have them. I personally like using a particular Japanese brand, but they all work the same way. After washing and drying your car, spray some supplied lubricant and gently rub the paint surface with the clay bar. Once all surfaces are done, proceed with polish and wax. Your paint will feel super smooth and look better than "new"
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Old 09-16-2002, 06:42 PM   #4
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If your car is in the sun or your panels are hot, the wax will not work properly; in fact it could even damage your clear coat. Make sure to wax in the shade when your panels are nice and cool.
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Old 09-16-2002, 06:43 PM   #5
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thanks! i will def. give that a try.
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Old 09-16-2002, 08:44 PM   #6
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Is it really necessary to use polish on a new 2002 vehicle? I only use wax and my car looks great. Polish is meant for restoration on older vehicles that have been weathered and don't have the original shine.
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Old 09-16-2002, 09:00 PM   #7
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My experience...

wax + no washing = awesome shine

polish = ???

clay bar = damn good but only when paint is contaminated.
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Old 09-16-2002, 09:58 PM   #8
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normally for these detailing posts I would write up a long article type thing explaining whats going on and end with my most valuble suggestion which is go to

www.autopia.ws and read from there its where I learned all that I have learned about detailing.

PS what exact meguiars wax are you using?

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