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Old 06-06-2001, 07:40 AM   #1
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Post Car polish = bad for clearcoat?

I bought Meguiar's #7 show car polish and have used it once on my two week old WRX. Will this polish damage my paint in anyway? Should I not use a polish on a brand new car?

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Old 06-06-2001, 07:47 AM   #2
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i would have waited a bit longer just to be safe but...... depends on how old your car is...

i wouldnt think it will have any negative effects tho... if it does, shine the clear coat w/some detail clay...

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Old 06-06-2001, 08:16 AM   #3
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it shouldn't damage your clear coat, meguiars is usually pretty good about that, i waxed mine a few weeks after i got it but, i forgot which one i used though...i'll get back....
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Old 06-06-2001, 08:17 AM   #4
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Actually the Meguiar's #7 isn't even really a polish, it's a glaze. You should have used a polish first. If you want to stay away from a 2 step process like that try the "Zymol HD clean". Meguiar's polish's are abrasive, but the Zymol is a non-abrasive polish/glaze that works better the the 'step' series of Meguiar's, but before you do that, use a clay bar to clean the contaminants on your paint. A clay bar (like clay magic, not the cheap crappy mothers one) is for cleaning, not anything else! After the HD clean, use a quality wax like pinnacle (called glaze, but not really, its a wax, and my favorite too) or zymol (they will run about $35.00 to $50.00ea) paste wax, although expensive, there are about 50 uses per canister and will last much longer than cheap liquid waxes. This is because they contain about 30% carnauba compared to 2% in Meguiars.

People should really do research on these products b/c they could be dangerous to your paint if not used correctly. All the products, as well as tutorials, could be found at your local detail shop or www.autodetail.com.

No, I am not affiliated w/ them, but I used to detail show cars for extra cash...I used these products and nothing else, they are the real deal. I would charge up to $650.00 per car, 8 hrs ea. car too!

Good luck!
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Old 06-06-2001, 11:46 AM   #5
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Hey guys, I have a 98 blue RS with a BUNCH of scratches going the long way of the side of the car from sage brush + narrow roads, I also have a really bad swirl on the hood. I was looking at that turtle wax color cure stuff, I really dont want to pay for somone to buff things out, butI know that would be the best way to go. The scratches aren't very deep, but reasonably noticable when it's clean (almost never, I can't stay off the gravel/dirt!!!!!)

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Old 06-06-2001, 08:04 PM   #6
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UVA huh? I'll be there next year. Probably without the car, though. Damn parking rules.

I don't think it would hurt the paint any more than waiting for the weather to beat up on it and then waxing it. Dealers do use that "wash-n-wax" stuff, but it's not the same as a real polish.

Like Ant, I'd reccomend a glaze, but for those of us with a real budget go with 3M hand glaze and cleaner wax. Pinnacle is great too, but with Zymol, you have to be careful that you're getting the good stuff. Liquid Glass isn't too bad either, but it's around $20 a bottle. I really love the 3M glaze though... excellent excellent stuff.

I've used the Mother's clay bar twice and wasn't real impressed. People seem to like the Griot's Garage (www.griotsgarage.com) clay bar. I think I'll try that next.

BTW, thanks for that website.
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Old 06-06-2001, 08:33 PM   #7
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Hey Frey, I have used the Turtle Wax Color wax before and wasn't really impressed. The problem was that you have to make sure it goes on PERFECTLY even or it looks like poo. I did it on a black car, thought I put it on even (I'm experianced too) but I saw color variations throughout the paint. Fortunatly, it is wax and eventually melted off. Also, it will stain your terry cloths, applicator pad, your clothese, driveway and everythig else it touches (including your skin)! It was a real mess. Try the Zymol 'HD Clean' that I previosly mentioned. It is a polish/glaze that I used on my black Golf to remove swirl marks. It's not perfect, but nothing is, and like I said before, it's non abrasive so you won't do any damage. Follow up w/ a quality wax like the 'Pinnacle Glaze' and you'll have a lovely, long lasting, well protected shine!

P.S. If anyone tries the Zymol HD, please apply it how the directions say. It doesn't go on in a circular motion, firmly go up and down or left and right, then remove gently the same way.

P.S.S I forgot to mention that all those white buildups and stains on black trim don't happen w/ these products. These are very high quality. And like I also said, you get 50+ uses w/ that wax! It makes more sense to use it.

Read up on these products @ www.autodetail.com or ask any PRO what they are, I can't stress enough how great they really work!!!

Good luck!

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Old 06-07-2001, 01:30 AM   #8
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I use HD Cleanse all the time when I detail cars, the stuff is amazing. I would use the Zymol wax also, go for the Titanium Zymol wax, has more carnuba in it for the money. I've used it about 20 times and there is barely a dent in the container.
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Old 06-07-2001, 01:33 AM   #9
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Ant WRX you charged up to $650 for a Zymol detail? Man I guess the $150 I charge is an excellent deal.
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Old 06-07-2001, 05:04 AM   #10
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I used to detail exotic and show cars in a ritzy city. I only charged that b/c I knew I could get it

Also, I don't use Zymol wax, I don't like it. I use Pinnacle 'paste glaze' wax (it's not a glaze, the name is misleading), it is better than Zymol and costs a little less. I has 30% carnuaba wax, same as zymol, but the Pinnacle is made from all natural ingrediants. This stuff smells awesome
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