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Old 10-12-2010, 11:29 PM   #15
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Should I throw on a hand polish after claying? The swirl marks don't bother me, I'm just wondering if that will have any effect as per keeping the car clean or avoiding the constant white lime marks I get 2-4 days after washing/waxing.

I'm so tired of washing this thing constantly, I just want it to look clean. I don't even ask for it to shine at this point. I've given up on that.
Polish shouldn't affect how clean the car stays. Wax will protect it to a certain degree, and will make cleaning much easier. I'd say since you have "given up" on shine and just want the easiest way, just focus on keeping a nice coat of wax on there.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:35 PM   #16
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I have been using the Zaino method for years on my daily driver. I really like it.

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Old 10-13-2010, 12:45 PM   #17
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:25 PM   #18
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Ok, everyone, I just finished washing the car with Dish Soap (twice), claying the car with Mothers Clay Bar and Mother's detailer spray. The spray needed to be buffed off by hand as it did become cloudy and cake onto the paint.

Paint was smooth, I did use the sandwich bag test. All smooth as glass. Then I used "Liquid Glass" sealant again, as my friend had excellent results with this sealant.

Think this will last me 6 months as advertised? I did NOT spray the hardened wax down with detail spray before buffing off, as there is no need. this stuff comes off easily.
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:12 PM   #19
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hows the car looking so far?
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:53 PM   #20
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It's been 2 days, the waxy silky feel is going fast and I already have water spots. It hasn't rained, but the morning leaves a mist on the car.

I don't get it, I washed with dish soap, I clayed with detail spray and I waxed. Car is still smooth but waxy feeling is failing.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:09 PM   #21
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You probably need to wash it again and then go behind it with a detailers spray
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:36 PM   #22
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As I'm sure you know, black is very unforgiving. I'm leery of a lot of the polishing products on the market today. I generally stick with basic wax and just try to keep the finish protected on a regular basis. At the end of the day, there's no substitute for diligence. It's the price of black car ownership.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:30 PM   #23
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You probably need to wash it again and then go behind it with a detailers spray
I did!

The detail spray was used extensively while claying the car!!!

Can someone tell me why my WAX is coming off the paint, and it does t on my friends car? We used the SAME WAX! his car is silk smooth with wax to the touch, mine is grainy like sheet metal... The car is parked, I haven't driven it and there's no sprinklers!

What is going on?!
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I did!

The detail spray was used extensively while claying the car!!!

Can someone tell me why my WAX is coming off the paint, and it does t on my friends car? We used the SAME WAX! his car is silk smooth with wax to the touch, mine is grainy like sheet metal... The car is parked, I haven't driven it and there's no sprinklers!

What is going on?!
Relax man, it's a symptom of the elements. Tons of dirt and pollen etc stick to the paint. It happens. And we're not talking about using DS during claying- obviously that gets washed and polished off. You could use it directly following a normal wash. Put another coat of wax on. Above all, chill, you're going to give yourself an aneurysm at this rate.
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many thing's to counsider ! what sort or water .well or city . just the fact you part under a tree will effect the the smoothnest or the finish
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:58 PM   #26
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City water. On Long Island we do not have hard water.
Not parked under a tree. Rain is leaving stains on paint only 2 days after washing and waxing. Car is not smooth to the touch anymore.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:19 PM   #27
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It's been 2 days, the waxy silky feel is going fast and I already have water spots. It hasn't rained, but the morning leaves a mist on the car.

I don't get it, I washed with dish soap, I clayed with detail spray and I waxed. Car is still smooth but waxy feeling is failing.
At this point, you should have realized something. You get what you pay for, period. Why do you think that a lot of detailing products that you DON'T see on the shelves cost as much as they do? Have you noticed that they ALL cost around the same amount? It's not about who's products I use, it's about using a quality product and using it correctly. I didn't chime in on this thread because your first post said that you didn't want to spend a lot of money. Once I saw your mindset, I moved on. However, you are now not satisfied and are questioning why. It's not rocket science, it's what you used.

You can't stick a card in your bicycle spokes and call it horsepower. There's a little bit more to it than that. Let me know when you want to get serious with your paint. I've got the red pill. All you have to do is take it.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:32 PM   #28
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Yeah Junkman. I know. You've spoken to me a bit before, and you did an excellent job explaining to me why you have to do all or nothing.

(For what it's worth, Liquid glass is per oz more expensive than adam's buttery wax. Just some trivia there.)


Junkman, i ask you this because you are the god of detailing.

Why does this wax work perfectly on my friend's Mazda 6? I can't even begin to tell you how gorgeous his car looks. You know that thread you made recently, where you detailed someones black camaro for him?
Well, not that good but... reasonably close to it.

2 men wax the same car with the same product the same day and one car stays waxy, and one does not??? At least tell me this is strange!
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