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Old 07-17-2017, 10:27 PM   #1
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Just picked my '18 premium up from the dealer today. Tomorrow I want to wash, wax, and do whatever else I can to make this baby shine and protect the paint. What products do you guys recommended? And what else, if anything do you recommend I do?
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:57 PM   #2
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Clay bar, light polish, and your favorite wax or sealant. Or, if you're into the newest thing, a ceramic coat. This is a very deep rabbit hole you can go down!
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:16 AM   #3
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My research while waiting months for my car to come in concluded ceramic coating. Or if you don't want to spend that much wash, clay, polish, Power Lock then Collinite 845 or instead of the last 3 CarPro Essence Plus.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:15 AM   #4
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opticoat or some other ceramic coating
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:58 PM   #5
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Pick up a Ryobi compact blower to dry the car. Super cheap and no towels on the car.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:01 PM   #6
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when my wife and I went out to purchase her new car (2017 sienna se in black silica). The car only had 8 miles on it but the wrap was already removed. When we took it home I:
1. wash
2. clay
3. Meguiars M205 on a MF polish pad (Meguiars MT300 at 3800-4800 opm)
4. Gyeon Prep wipe down
5. Optimum Gloss Coat

Disclaimer: the black car looks incredible day in and day out (exterior). The hardest part about ceramic coatings (consumer or professional) is the 7-day cure time (I would suggest 10). For a new car you want to keep it looking clean/new. 7 days seems like an eternity when you see a little spec of dirt on the car.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:08 AM   #7
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For those that just dont have the time, energy, resources, or wants, to do polish+ceramic coating.

Since the car is brand new: wash, clay with mother's speed clay (much easier than regular clay), then CarPro Reload.
Paint wont have that just polished mirror look, but it will be very glossy, water repelant, and will last long time. Plus it is very easy to apply (spray/wipe)

I havent had time to do the yearly polish, and have just done the above. Car still looks brand new, very glossy, and repels dust/water like crazy.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:14 AM   #8
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The hardest part about ceramic coatings (consumer or professional) is the 7-day cure time (I would suggest 10). For a new car you want to keep it looking clean/new. 7 days seems like an eternity when you see a little spec of dirt on the car.
I believe CarPro themselves have said you can drive the car hours after application of CQuartz. Not sure if other coatings are different... They suggest avoiding using soaps to wash the paint for 7 days or so, however.

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Old 07-19-2017, 01:57 PM   #9
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I believe CarPro themselves have said you can drive the car hours after application of CQuartz. Not sure if other coatings are different... They suggest avoiding using soaps to wash the paint for 7 days or so, however.

https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...me-notice.html
yes that is correct. Cross-linking takes 7-days to occur but you can drive the car sooner. But when you put that much time and effort into making anything look good you want to have it continuing to look good which is my 7-days without washing your car when there is a spec of dirt can be difficult.

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For those that just dont have the time, energy, resources, or wants, to do polish+ceramic coating.

Since the car is brand new: wash, clay with mother's speed clay (much easier than regular clay), then CarPro Reload.
Paint wont have that just polished mirror look, but it will be very glossy, water repelant, and will last long time. Plus it is very easy to apply (spray/wipe)

I havent had time to do the yearly polish, and have just done the above. Car still looks brand new, very glossy, and repels dust/water like crazy.
Although ceramic coatings are getting a lot of attention, I think it should be noted that if you properly maintain your car with wax, carnauba, sealants, etc., the car will be maintained correctly. Washing techniques are vitally important so there aren't marring occurring. If waxing frequently, a polish will not be required, but you will have to wax every 4-12 weeks depending on the product. That time frame is why I think people are crazy about ceramic coatings. You don't have to "maintain" your car as critically needed to without one.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:38 PM   #10
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1. Wash with Dawn Dish Soap (This strips any bogus BS on the paint)
2. Clay Bar
3. Wash with GOOD CAR wash (Helps to begin to protect investment)
4. Wax/Polish (Pick a brand with complete auto care package. Example: Zaino)
5. Wipe Down w/ Quick Detail and/or Sealant (Works with wax/polish to bring mirror shine)

If you follow this order, your car will look MUCH better than when you got it off the lot.
I always recommend picking a company you have researched and have faith in and sticking with their auto products. I use Zaino products and the car consistently looks better and better with each wipe down and reapplication.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:51 PM   #11
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In addition to what everyone else said, get a clear bra installed. The sooner you do it the more it pays off.
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Old 07-20-2017, 11:59 AM   #12
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In addition to what everyone else said, get a clear bra installed. The sooner you do it the more it pays off.


Good advice. Followed it myself and really glad I did. Otherwise, the front of my car would be looking kinda ragged already.
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:00 PM   #13
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For those that just dont have the time, energy, resources, or wants, to do polish+ceramic coating.

Since the car is brand new: wash, clay with mother's speed clay (much easier than regular clay), then CarPro Reload.
Paint wont have that just polished mirror look, but it will be very glossy, water repelant, and will last long time. Plus it is very easy to apply (spray/wipe)

I havent had time to do the yearly polish, and have just done the above. Car still looks brand new, very glossy, and repels dust/water like crazy.


The Reload is pretty amazing ... and pricey too. But worth it.
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:15 PM   #14
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Search on Youtube "Optimum Wash, Clay, and Wax in one step". Quick and easy enough to do every Sunday for me.

Otherwise if you have the time, resources, money, and energy I'd look into coatings such as the Optimum Gloss Coat.
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:53 AM   #15
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Once a year, I use NYC AMMO Reflex foundation. There is a video on how it works, but it helps protect the paint and brings out the shine. I use all of their products on my Subie.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:09 PM   #16
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so here is what i did to my new sti...

1. iron x
2. two bucket wash
3. look to clay and light polish (if needed!!!!!)
4. dry
5. mckees 37 prep polish
6. mckees 37 paint coating (ceramic style coating)
7. glass coating, UTTG on black trim outside, Wheel sealant/coating
8. clean glass
9. dress inside cloth with scotchguard, aio leather cleaner on leather
10. clean plastics and vinyl materials with aerospace 303
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:38 AM   #17
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thorough car wash
clay bar
polish
wax

looks amazing
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:07 PM   #18
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I'm a fan of the 3M products. They have a synthetic wax that worked great for me.
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:10 PM   #19
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1st off and most importantly, learn how to properly 2-bucket (or 3 including wheels) wash your car. If you do nothing else, this will help your "shine" last the longest.
I'd recommend a ceramic coating if it's a daily driver, and then if you're more of a hands on type enthusiast you can then top the coating with a wax/sealant to help protect even more (just don't use any cleaner waxes/All-In-One type, as that will affect the coating)
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:14 AM   #20
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I'm a fan of the 3M products. They have a synthetic wax that worked great for me.
as I! I agree with you
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:56 PM   #21
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I'm going with a new strategy for the WRX:

Initial: wash with Dawn, clay bar, sealant.
Weekly: wash, dry w/ spray-on wax.
Quarterly: wax
Biannually: same as initial.

Keeping some quick detailed in the car. Winter will be the biggest challenge.
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:59 AM   #22
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clear bra. the paint is extra soft on the 18's and the windshield is thinner and easier to chip. ask me how i know...

at least clear bra the metal (hood and roof). i have chips on the front edge of my roof, all over my hood, and my windshield is cracked (5000 miles yesteray). with the same exposure my entire bumper doesn't have a mark on it. i dont drive too closely behind other vehicles but the paint seems to be more of a problem than previous years in my peronal experience.
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Old 09-23-2017, 04:29 AM   #23
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My regimen when I got my '17 WRX:

1. Wash and clay (I only used a clay bar because the protective vinyl that the was car shipped in left a dirt trail around my sunroof. The car in all had VERY LITTLE particulate to remove surprisingly.)
2. Wolfgang Polish Enhancer (it's a wax/sealant remover and will prep your car for the following steps)
3. Wolfgang Paint Sealer
4. Wax (Collinite 845)

Paint sealant can be used in conjunction with wax for extra care; some people do one or the other while I like to do both. I recommend putting the sealant down before waxing. Collinite seems to be widely used and is a great option in my opinion. It is easy on the wallet. There are a plethora of other brands that you can use if you're not interested in Wolfgang. I am a little hesitant/skeptical on how a ceramic/quarts coating actually protects one's car from physical projectiles, so you will have to judge whether this is worthwhile for you; it is very expensive unless done DIY, which doesn't seem too bad.

For EXTRA protection, as everyone suggested when I first got my car, you should get a clear bra at least for the front end of your car. I wish I listened to everyone as mine has already taken a beating, but funds was my main deciding factor. Getting the bugs off the front is also a PITA even with a sealant/wax combo. There are also additional measures that you can take to protect the clear bra if you go that route.

Good luck!
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:58 PM   #24
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Wash
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Rinse
Polish

Sit down examine sexy car
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:43 PM   #25
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You can buy any of these products listed, they are all good products but the one thing you can't buy is technique and without a proper technique it doesnt matter what you use, you won't be happy with the end result.

Check out Mike Phillips from Autogeek. He has tutorials on youtube and you'll learn alot.
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