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Old 10-17-2002, 01:59 PM   #1
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Question Waxing

It says on the back of wax bottles that I should wait until the coat turns to a haze. When i put it on it's already hazey. So how long do i wait or what the hell am I looking for?
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Old 10-17-2002, 02:14 PM   #2
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I always just wax the whole car, then go back and buff where I started waxing. Seems to work just fine for me.
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Old 10-17-2002, 02:36 PM   #3
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Depends on the wax. Some waxes come off easy no matter how long you wait. But some if you wait too long they become very difficult to take off. I use Meguiars Professional and it works great. Leaves a very very smooth finish and has decent durability. It comes off fairly easy, I do the car in thirds, up the middle and then both sides and that works just fine. But that is on my Celica... I would break it up even more if you have a bigger car, or a wagon or something.
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Old 10-17-2002, 02:40 PM   #4
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Depends on how sunny and how hot. Read the directions well. Some waxes should be rubbed and rubbed while being applied until there is no haze (i.e. no waiting for haze, e.g. Zymol). Some waxes like to be applies and waited on... and then buffed off ( e.g. Meguiar's carnuba and the vast majority of waxes in general). The key is to not wait toooo long. If the wax is very hard to get off you're most likely letting it bake onto the car. This isn't good.


Some good, general rules are:

- do not wax your car in the sun. For that matter, do not wash your car in the sun.

- Always apply wax to a surface that isn't hot.

- Apply to one section and then buff the previous section. If its particularly cold or humid out, wax two sections before buffing the 3rd previous

my non-professional opinions from experience...

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Old 10-17-2002, 03:39 PM   #5
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Hey Everyone,
Do yall do any tricks to remove old wax to prevent wax build up? I read somewhere to wash with a little bit of dishwashing liquid.

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Old 10-17-2002, 04:19 PM   #6
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Another good tip: buff the wax off with the damp towel you just used to dry the car. You won't get any dried powder on the finish.

Also, they make special foam wax applicators now. I picked one up for $4 and it really makes waxing a TON easier. They also make the wax go on much more even and smooth.
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Old 10-17-2002, 04:36 PM   #7
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Like most said before, read the individual instructions. Some don't want you to let it dry. Meguiars comes with an applicator and is both easy on/easy off. An important thing to remember is that only a very small amount of wax really remains on the car after you buff it so...only put a small amount on the car to begin with.
Lastly, Dawn dishwashing liquid is said to remove all that waxy build up.
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Old 10-17-2002, 08:38 PM   #8
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i normally wax the entire car and then let the wax set for a bit. by the time im done waxing the entire car, the wax should have hazed nicely, and thats when i start buffing.
never wax when its sunny out, or when the body of the car is hot.
to get rid of the wax build up, i use the clay bar. its an awesome little thing. it gets the paint nice and smooth.
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Old 10-17-2002, 08:47 PM   #9
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Use any good Meguiars wax (Mediallian, #26 Hi Tech, Gold Class)

Do yourself a favor and go down the local auto paint supply store an pick up a pack of 3M Yellow Detailing Cloths, and roll up your terry's and burn them like firelogs.

I paint cars with Sherwin Williams Ultra 7000, and I know from experience.


Hairline scratches??? Meguiars #7, or 3M Finishing Glaze
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Old 10-17-2002, 08:52 PM   #10
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What about mother's?? I've heard it's just as good as meguiars
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Old 10-17-2002, 09:05 PM   #11
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mothers is good. i use their clay bar. for waxes, i stick with meguiars
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Old 10-17-2002, 09:11 PM   #12
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Mothers is fine, what ever floats your boat, just dont cross brands, each are formulated for a family of system of waxes. The silicone content in each brand or grade of wax differs, making waxing difficult at times. Us in the body shop us all Meguiars, they come in big ol milk jug types, 3M is our buffing compound. Talk about glass............

POLISH is different from WAX

Again, I'm a unthusist so I'd care
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Old 10-17-2002, 09:31 PM   #13
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I work at a detail shop and we use Zymol waxes and Meguiars clay bar.

We dont wait for it to haze. Just basically wax one body panel at a time, starting with the hood (take it off), roof (take it off), trunk (take it off), fenders(take it off), etc. You get the idea. It just gets harder if you work with more then 1 panel at a time.

To take off the wax, a good orbital with a scotchbrite on it works well. The scothbrites' in general are great for takin the wax off and leaving an extra nice shine.
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Old 10-18-2002, 01:06 AM   #14
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I'm beginning to really like Mothers. I have been partial to Meguiars carnuba (step 3) and I still feel it leaves the greatest, deepest shine with the heaviest coat. But what a pain in the arse to work with. Zymol's nice but I feel like I'm rubbing my joints into premature arthritis. But like I said... I'm starting to like Mothers cleaning wax. I used to only use it on my painted wheels (white volk rays). I used to for the first time on my car's body and it was nice to use and left a pretty good finish. I kinda think of it as a good, general "utility wax". And, since I have a white WRX, it really helps keep the color bright since its a cleaner wax.

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Old 10-18-2002, 03:18 PM   #15
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Can you use wax on powdercoated wheels like Rotas?
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Old 10-18-2002, 03:23 PM   #16
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I use Meguires as well. it works the best. try thier three step process first then wax the car once a mounth for a nice shine. Use thiwer Gold Closs, it's simply the best. As fr the hazing effect, I do my Wagon in sections as wel. First I do the hood, front bumper and the front frnders. Let sit for like three minutes, then wipe off. No problem at all. Make sure to do it in the shade, its much easier.

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Old 10-18-2002, 03:25 PM   #17
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Quote:
Originally posted by 18FOREVR
Like most said before, read the individual instructions. Some don't want you to let it dry. Meguiars comes with an applicator and is both easy on/easy off. An important thing to remember is that only a very small amount of wax really remains on the car after you buff it so...only put a small amount on the car to begin with.
Lastly, Dawn dishwashing liquid is said to remove all that waxy build up.
It's bad to use Dishwashing soap at all. There is little crystal particales in the liquiz and it scratches you r paint. I don't have any other alternative, I just know from experience that it scratches up paint.

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Old 10-18-2002, 03:27 PM   #18
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Can you use wax on powdercoated wheels like Rotas?
sure...why not?
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