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Old 11-26-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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Waxing the Decal Stripes

I just got my new Camaro last Tuesday evening and I plan to wax it this weekend. I have never owned a car with decal stripes. Are there any recommendations for the car's first coat of wax? Do I have to do something different with the decal stripes? Any waxy favorites? Want to wax poetic?

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Old 11-26-2010, 09:35 PM   #2
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Do NOT wax the stripes! I have not tried Adam's clear polish on my stripes but others on this forum like the results. Keep the wax away from the edges of the stripes or white residue from most waxes will be hard to remove. Read this forum and you will learn a lot. Congrats on your new Camaro.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:00 PM   #3
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Use a wax that doesn't leave a white residue if you want them waxed. (ICE for example, it doesn't last as long though)
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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Before you wax, I recommend at least clay barring the car first. There are tons of threads on how to do this, so use the search.

I'd recommend then polishing the car to remove imperfections that came from the dealer/factor (search "Junkman" on YouTube to find out how to do this properly). He's the most respected detailer on here and provides wonderful videos to show how to achieve shine and repair paint.

The reason why you want to clay and polish first is to clean up the paint very well and then correct the small swirls and scratches that are inevitable on a new car. Just get it perfect before you seal it up with wax.

On to the waxing- the wax you use is up to you. My favorite is Adam's Americana, but you would keep this AWAY from the stripes. What you would use on the stripes is Turtle Wax Ice, Adam's Clear polish, and I THINK I've heard Rejex works (but I'm not 100%) on the Rejex.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:13 PM   #5
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I wax my Cyber Grey Metallic stripes that were factory installed with Meguair's NXT 2.0 liquid wax. They look great! No problems at all.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:35 PM   #6
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I use Adam's Clear Polish and love it!! Keeps them looking NEW and best of all offers UV protection. I studied a lot on this before putting anything on my stripes, cause you can mess them up. But I stand by the Clear Polish!! Works Great everytime.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:37 PM   #7
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I wax my Cyber Grey Metallic stripes that were factory installed with Meguair's NXT 2.0 liquid wax. They look great! No problems at all.
I do the exact same thing......here's an excellent rule of thumb...if your stripes are flat and have no sheen, do NOT put any wax on them!!!! If your stripes have a sheen on them throw a coat of wax or two on em!
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:20 PM   #8
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I do the exact same thing......here's an excellent rule of thumb...if your stripes are flat and have no sheen, do NOT put any wax on them!!!! If your stripes have a sheen on them throw a coat of wax or two on em!
Bingo.. However there are a few good products for the matte finish stripes as well. Adams clear polish and brilliant glaze both look great on matte stripes.
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Old 11-27-2010, 01:18 AM   #9
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I think someone needs to make a STICKY: How to care for your new 5th gen AND stripes!


This question is asked like what...2-3 times a week?
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:16 AM   #10
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i use mothers on my flat black and they look amazing !
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:35 AM   #11
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Zaino'd over my cgm stripes just like the paint and they look great. stay away from the edges of the stripes when claying tho.
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:25 AM   #12
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I couldn't agree more
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:30 PM   #13
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I use Adam's Clear Polish and love it!! Keeps them looking NEW and best of all offers UV protection. I studied a lot on this before putting anything on my stripes, cause you can mess them up. But I stand by the Clear Polish!! Works Great everytime.
Polish only for me, wax is temporary and doesn't build layers.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:29 PM   #14
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Polish only for me, wax is temporary and doesn't build layers.
I think you might have that reversed... polish doesn't build up, but wax does and no product is permanent... doesn't matter what you're using - wax or sealant - the effects/protection have a finite life span.
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I just got my new Camaro last Tuesday evening and I plan to wax it this weekend. I have never owned a car with decal stripes. Are there any recommendations for the car's first coat of wax? Do I have to do something different with the decal stripes? Any waxy favorites? Want to wax poetic?

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You can wax the stripes but do NOT use any Carnuba based wax on vinyl stripes regardless if they are matte or glossy. Carnuba will eventually ruin vinyl if you keep using it. For example, Meguair's NXT 2.0 is Carnuba based and should never be used on vinyl.

The three most known products that are safe for vinyl are;
- Turtle Wax Ice
- Adam's Clear Polish
- Zaino's Z-2

There are more products that are safe but those are the most used and known.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:53 AM   #16
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I've had my Camaro 15 months now and have never waxed my factory IO rallys. I keep any cleaner or wax away from them and they still look like new. One suggestion though is to watch out for bird crap on the stripes. I have one spot where I didn't remove the poop for a couple of days and it actually made a very small melted spot.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:52 PM   #17
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I've had my Camaro 15 months now and have never waxed my factory IO rallys. I keep any cleaner or wax away from them and they still look like new. One suggestion though is to watch out for bird crap on the stripes. I have one spot where I didn't remove the poop for a couple of days and it actually made a very small melted spot.
I have the same and it didn't take a couple days. A bird crapped on my stripe during a hot day this summer. By the time I got it home, it had etched the stripe. I have used clear and revive polish on it but it's still there.
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I have the same and it didn't take a couple days. A bird crapped on my stripe during a hot day this summer. By the time I got it home, it had etched the stripe. I have used clear and revive polish on it but it's still there.
Yea bird dung and vinyl are a bad combo. Unfortunately there is no way to polish vinyl.
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That bird crap will mess up your paint to. Get if off as soon as you see it. I had a bird attack my car and within an hour it had etched the paint. It took a lot of work to polish that out.

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I waxed my Cyber Grey Metallic stripes with adams and pc no problem.
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I waxed my Cyber Grey Metallic stripes with adams and pc no problem.
I have CGM stripes as well and I wax them often.
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