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Old 01-28-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys, as the title states I'm just trying to find out what the best Wax/Wash product is for my 2013 black wrx. I am on a budget so I don't plan on spending a whole lot some crazy waxing product. I'm just looking for the basics that some people prefer over others. Also what towels are best(IE; micro-fiber?). I have researched on here but most of the threads just talk about the really high end product which I don't have the money to spend on. Thanks for your replies in advanced (:
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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I like mothers cleaner Carnuba paste wax for quick applications. It's easy on easy off after letting it haze over a little. Nothing crazy in the shine department but it def helps clean up some surface hazing
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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as mentioned above, most carnuba based waxes are great. i prefer auto magic (strawberry wet wax, banana magic).

also, buy a clay bar. do it before you wax, everytime.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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for wash, I would use:

Meguiar's deep crystal wash (don't use too much soap)
Microfiber wash mitt (the more plush the better)
Two bucket method (don't forget to rinse in the water everytime)
California water blade (for windows)
Microfiber drying towel x 2
Have a ton of regular microfiber towels on hand for door jambs and such.

body prep/polish/Wax:

Meguiars ultimate quick detail spray (very handy)
Clay bar (mothers or Meguiar's)
Meguiar's ultimate car polish
Autoglym HD wax or P21S carnauba

These are so things I can think of that are good and won't break the bank. I made the mistake of using way too much soap when washing and this just ended up stripping my wax. I just thought that my waxes weren't lasting very long. quick detailer is very important to have, it allows you to spot clean and bird droppings, dust and light water marks safely. At this point in time the car is probably still new, if its smooth and clean you can probably just give it a nice wash and lay some wax on it.

I really like hand waxing, gives you that nice personal time with the car to learn curves and crevices of the car. Every car has water the builds up in certain spots, hand waxing helps me see them and know for next time when I dry.

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:09 PM   #5
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for wash, I would use:

Meguiar's deep crystal wash (don't use too much soap)
Microfiber wash mitt (the more plush the better)
Two bucket method (don't forget to rinse in the water everytime)
California water blade (for windows)
Microfiber drying towel x 2
Have a ton of regular microfiber towels on hand for door jambs and such.

body prep/polish/Wax:

Meguiars ultimate quick detail spray (very handy)
Clay bar (mothers or Meguiar's)
Meguiar's ultimate car polish
Autoglym HD wax or P21S carnauba

These are so things I can think of that are good and won't break the bank. I made the mistake of using way too much soap when washing and this just ended up stripping my wax. I just thought that my waxes weren't lasting very long. quick detailer is very important to have, it allows you to spot clean and bird droppings, dust and light water marks safely. At this point in time the car is probably still new, if its smooth and clean you can probably just give it a nice wash and lay some wax on it.

I really like hand waxing, gives you that nice personal time with the car to learn curves and crevices of the car. Every car has water the builds up in certain spots, hand waxing helps me see them and know for next time when I dry.
Exactly what I needed, thanks! Yeah I had a few dealership washes so I just took it their every time but now that I've ran out of those I want to do it myself, definitely don't want to take it to some random car wash : /.
Might be a stupid question, but what is the 2 bucket method? And can you buy all of this at your local Oriely's or something?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #6
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two bucket is when you have one bucket of your soap/water mix and one of water. Now instead of dipping the wash mitt into the soap bucket, wiping the car, and then dipping BACK into the soap bucket, you would rinse off the mitt in the water bucket after wiping the car to release any dirt from the car into the water as not to contaminating the soap bucket.

All this can be found at most autoparts stores, except the waxes. Those you might have to find online, but Meguiars gold class is ok too (which is easier to find). To save you some money on the first trip you probably don't need the clay bar or polish at this point, but definitely good down the line.

if you want to do more research Detailer domain is a great source of info and might be able to set you up with better stuff for probably not much more $$ and give you a ton more advice. Detailing cars is a science and I'm no authority on the subject. Do more research and try some new products on your own, these were just some that I liked when I started.

If you can fit into your budget check out: Griots garage, Adams, Swissvax

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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two bucket is when you have one bucket of your soap/water mix and one of water. Now instead of dipping the wash mitt into the soap bucket, wiping the car, and then dipping BACK into the soap bucket, you would rinse off the mitt in the water bucket after wiping the car to release any dirt from the car into the water as not to contaminating the soap bucket.
Got it, thanks! (:
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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All this can be found at most autoparts stores, except the waxes. Those you might have to find online, but Meguiars gold class is ok too (which is easier to find). To save you some money on the first trip you probably don't need the clay bar or polish at this point, but definitely good down the line.

if you want to do more research Detailer domain is a great source of info and might be able to set you up with better stuff for probably not much more $$ and give you a ton more advice. Detailing cars is a science and I'm no authority on the subject. Do more research and try some new products on your own, these were just some that I liked when I started.

If you can fit into your budget check out: Griots garage, Adams, Swissvax
Hmm okay i'll check it out, like I said im just trying to find some basic products that will increase the longevity of the cars paint and make it look nice. I don't need any of that 80$ wax and all that stuff ;P. So in a normal wash, it should be your basic car soap--> wipe down --> claybar --> wax? Or how does the claybar work, never used any of that stuff before.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:51 PM   #9
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Definitely check out instructional vids on it. I remember the first time someone told me to rub a peice of clay on my paint. To say the least I was very skeptical.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #10
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Wash / dry / clay bar / polish / wax are the general steps.

you probably dont need to polish a brand new car, but previous car washes may have already left swirls in your paint.

Claybar is really easy, just google it and watch videos, it makes your paint feel silky smooth.

And remember to wax afterwards as it will take off the existing wax.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:22 PM   #11
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I use meguiars paste cleaner wax, is it true that if I rub a lot with the microfiber towel, while taking the wax off, the clear coat will quickly wear off?

Im afraid of rubbing off the wax vigorously now and im also afraid of using it every wash.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:46 PM   #12
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I use meguiars paste cleaner wax, is it true that if I rub a lot with the microfiber towel, while taking the wax off, the clear coat will quickly wear off?

Im afraid of rubbing off the wax vigorously now and im also afraid of using it every wash.
Yeah this is why im trying to find specific products, because I'm afraid of wearing off clear cloat.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #13
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Yeah this is why im trying to find specific products, because I'm afraid of wearing off clear cloat.
Some guy told me to use liquid wax most of the time because it doesn't take much to rub it off once applied.

Anyone find some truth to this?
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:02 PM   #14
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Clay bar (mothers or Meguiar's)

just a quick note, auto magic holds the patent for clay bar so all other products are inferior bars licensed out by auto magic. if you are going to buy a clay bar, the best is the original: auto magic.

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Or how does the claybar work, never used any of that stuff before.
spray lubricant on a square foot area, take a piece of the clay bar and rub it across the lubricated area. (TIP: "wave" your hand swiveling at the wrist when claying, if you move your whole arm you will quickly tire out.) work the piece of clay by folding it in on itself as you do the car. the entire bar will do 75-100 cars.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:52 AM   #15
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Some guy told me to use liquid wax most of the time because it doesn't take much to rub it off once applied.

Anyone find some truth to this?
Not for me, the liquid wax can get in tight spots easy and can be harder to apply even. For paste wax you just spritz the application pad with water and turn the pad in the paste wax a couple times . I apply one panel at a time then spray a little more water on the pad for the next panel. I do the entire car in my garage then wipe it all off with about 3 micro fibers. Paste wax is so much easier to apply evenly. Most people use too much product with liquid wax since it builds up in the pad more. If you are fighting to remove all the hazed wax then you used too much product
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #16
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just a quick note, auto magic holds the patent for clay bar so all other products are inferior bars licensed out by auto magic. if you are going to buy a clay bar, the best is the original: auto magic.
yeah you're probably right, but a single bar from clay magic is almost $30 (i realize its a big bar) and the kit is $20, mothers kit gives you 2 x 80g bars (160g total), spray detailer and a Mf towel for $15-17. I honestly don't think there would be a huge difference in clay results from that. Meguiars kit is white clay so for me its easier to see how dirty the clay is getting.

BTW, rubbing off the wax by hand too vigorously will not wear off clearcoat, it takes a machine polisher, abrasive polishing compound and cutting pads to remove micro-layer of paint during paint correction. If you rub too hard you'd probably just remove too much wax, remember when you wax you're trying to leave behind a certain amount.
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