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Old 12-11-2002, 09:43 PM   #1
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Question Waxes, cleaners, & polish

I am looking for opinions on everyone's choice of waxes, cleaners, & polish. Brands, product lines, etc. I'm not willing to pay $50 for a can of wax here, so that stuff is out of the question.

I didn't know if there was anything that tends to work better on the Subaru paint or not.

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Old 12-11-2002, 10:11 PM   #2
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I can HIGHLY reccomend p21s polishes and waxes.. made my WRB look like a big blue mirror..

you can get a whole kit from www.autoaddictions.com that comes with paint cleaner(polish), wax, car wash soap, wheel cleaner, a wax/polish application sponge, and a washing sponge for under 50$

best 50$ i ever spent.. it isnt the easiest wax to put on and buff off.. but the results are WELL worth it!

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Old 12-11-2002, 10:19 PM   #3
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1) The search button can be your best friend. This has been discussed a few times before.

2) I've had very good experiences with the Zaino brand of waxes, polishes, etc. A lot of other people on the forum swear by Zaino.
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Old 12-11-2002, 10:29 PM   #4
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I know, I know; the search button is your friend.
I've said it a hundred times on Honda-Tech.com.

I just wanted to start a thread about it & maybe get some opinions that weren't voiced before.
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Old 12-11-2002, 11:33 PM   #5
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I'm going to go with Blackfire (2nd formulation). You can get it on www.properautocare.com . The look is amazing on black, and is equivalent to Zaino in longevity. Expect 6 months to 1 year of protection from a treatment.

You should check out www.autopia.org for more info about paint protection and detailing. Those guys are pretty nuts about it and are much more civil than most of the people hanging around here these days.

edit: sorry about the url. corrected now.

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Old 12-11-2002, 11:36 PM   #6
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Old 12-11-2002, 11:57 PM   #7
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www.autopia.org

Oh, and if you can get S100 wax it's the EXACT same thing as P21S wax but cheaper.
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Old 12-12-2002, 12:13 AM   #8
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I use Zanio on the Supra and on the WRX. The stuff is great and lasts longer than a natural wax. Makes black look like a mirror and WRB shine. Nice product.

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Old 12-12-2002, 01:21 AM   #9
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I used p21s polish, blitz bros carnuba wax, and p21s shampoo (soap ). LOVE IT.

The p21s stuff polish is pretty amazing. It brought my g/f's '84 porsche back to life.
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Old 12-12-2002, 09:33 AM   #10
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actually s100 is a little different, ive used them side by side..

the s100 shines a little better.. but lasts no where near as long as the regular p21s wax...

but if you live in a nice climate.. with no road salt or anything like that.. go for the s100
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Old 12-12-2002, 11:05 AM   #11
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Griot's Garage is the stuff I use: Wash, clay, polishes (Machine 3) and waxes (Best of Show). Smells good, works great, a joy to work with, and the car just gleams.

The trick with working any car is to make absolutely certain that the paint is clean. I like to use a clay bar for this, followed by a polish and two coats of wax (by machine). Leaves baby shiny, with paint as smooth as a baby's botty.

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Old 12-13-2002, 02:53 AM   #12
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Old 12-13-2002, 09:15 AM   #13
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I'm probably in the minortity since I don't use anything really special. I basically use Meguiars. I clay bar, then paint cleaner, then 3M swirl & scratch remover for dark colored cars, the two thin coats of Meguiars classic paste wax. After that I just touch up with the Quick detailer. I'll rewax at about the same interval as my 3000 mile oil change. This gives a deep. rich, satin finish rather than what I call the bright plastic looking finish. To each his own. Hey, try different products and then decide what you like but remember to take off all of a previous product before switching-not all are really compatible. Zaino, which I hear is pretty good, is the toughest to remove.
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Old 12-13-2002, 11:42 AM   #14
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Another vote for Griot's and Meguiars.
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Old 12-13-2002, 12:55 PM   #15
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Since you don't want to spend loads of cash, I'd recommend Zymol. Extremely easy to apply and take off (better than anything I've ever used). Very glossy (better than all the Meguiars stuff I've used - car/cleaner wax, carnuba wax). Removes fine swirl marks. Not good for paint with a lot of problems (oxidation, heavy scratches, etc), but great on new paint. I waxed a month after I got the car and could immediately tell a difference.

Walmart, Target, Sam's Club recently started to carry this wax (their entry level wax - ~$7).
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Old 12-13-2002, 02:40 PM   #16
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This gives a deep. rich, satin finish rather than what I call the bright plastic looking finish. To each his own...
This is a good point...what kind of shine do you want? I, too, like the natural gleam rather than that showy glaze.

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Old 12-13-2002, 04:36 PM   #17
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I use Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze once in the spring and once in the fall. I use Sonus High Gloss Acrylic Spritz once a month.
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Old 12-14-2002, 08:41 AM   #18
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I also use the Klasse all in one and paint sealant, great stuff, Griots Garage makes great stuff . also the Zymol you see at walmart is made by like turtle wax or something its not like the real stuff you would get from someplace on the net.
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Old 12-14-2002, 11:53 AM   #19
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I use the Mothers 3 step ultimate waxing system. Probably equivelant to Meguiars.

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Old 12-14-2002, 10:46 PM   #20
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also the Zymol you see at walmart is made by like turtle wax or something its not like the real stuff you would get from someplace on the net.
No, that is the exact stuff you see for alot more. Walmart controls pricing so Zymol is sold at the price walmart says they have to sell it at.
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Old 12-15-2002, 12:21 PM   #21
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No, the blue Zymol that you see at mass marketeers is indeed made by Turtle Wax. It works pretty well, but doesn't last that long. But it has the advantage of smelling like suntan lotion.

It is also intended to be more consumer-friendly (not to mention MUCH less expensive) than "real" Zymol. Those who have worked the real stuff know what I'm talking about.

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No, the blue Zymol that you see at mass marketeers is indeed made by Turtle Wax. It works pretty well, but doesn't last that long. But it has the advantage of smelling like suntan lotion.

It is also intended to be more consumer-friendly (not to mention MUCH less expensive) than "real" Zymol. Those who have worked the real stuff know what I'm talking about.

Kevin
its the same chemical compound, one has been made into a liquid the other is a "solid" of types IIRC. BTW: any of you guys who love mothers and what not. Make sure to buy lots of it in the next year. New laws got passed which is going to make those products suck alot more because they need to reduce some of the chemicals in there products. (oh and a certain company won't been needed to change its formula because its been legal for a long time now )
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Old 12-15-2002, 02:51 PM   #23
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Check out the Zaino thread to see what this stuff can do:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=279809
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