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Old 05-30-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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I ordered Adams Glaze and Americana yesterday from GPC

I cannot wait to get this as Iíve read great things about the Americana wax. Can someone please clarify the difference between the Americana and the Buttery wax (I currently use).
Also, what is the average longevity of the Americana.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
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Not sure of exact numbers but the Americana will definitely outlast the Buttery Wax.. here's a recent pic after I did BG and AW...



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Old 05-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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I just switched to the Americana after picking some up from GPC at there Annual Detail clinic last month. It lasts longer than the Buttery wax. Also I feel it brings out a more deeper shine. You will love it and GPC is the best for your ADAM's products. They are fast on getting your order to ya.
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Adam's glaze really makes dark colors pop!
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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Just did my 2010 yesterday and it definately "pop" more than the Buttery Wax when used with the Glaze. The Glaze will surprise you a bit. It goes on like water, but does hardent to a hazy glaze that wipes off pretty easy. It should be really easy to see on your car though. I had a hard time seeing in the garage unless I looked on an angle into the light. I sealed the day before, then glazed and Americana'd.

The Americana really is an easy product to use and the depth vs the Buttery is noticible.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone, cannot wait to get my product on Friday, looks like it's going to be a detail day on Saturday!
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:54 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, cannot wait to get my product on Friday, looks like it's going to be a detail day on Saturday!

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:02 PM   #8
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Here is Americana AFTER sitting for a long time in my dusty garage. Stuff is the bomb.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
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I cannot wait to get this as Iíve read great things about the Americana wax. Can someone please clarify the difference between the Americana and the Buttery wax (I currently use).
Also, what is the average longevity of the Americana.
Congrats. You'll love that combo!

The difference comes down to quality of ingredients... the carnauba used in Buttery is a pretty common one, reinforced with some polymers. It doesn't have a ton of durability, but it does go on/come off really easy. So applying a fresh coat every 2-3 washes isn't a big deal. Its really forgiving stuff, allowing you to apply even in direct sun without much degradation to the performance.

Americana uses the absolute highest grade of brazilian carnauba available. It will last much longer than buttery plus provide a deeper/wetter looking gloss. The application is a little more intensive, but still easy. Be sure to only wax 1-2 panels at a time then remove - don't treat the whole car then come back. It will be hard to remove. Also be sure to apply to cool panels.

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Here is Americana AFTER sitting for a long time in my dusty garage. Stuff is the bomb.
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You're gonna like it, that's some good stuff!
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Again, thank you for your business! You're gonna love the combination of the Brilliant Glaze and Americana
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Forgive me if i'm wrong, but doesn't Carnuba wax evaporate in high climate temperatures in about a month? I was told if you live in the south , it's best to use a synthetic wax for longer protection
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Forgive me if i'm wrong, but doesn't Carnuba wax evaporate in high climate temperatures in about a month? I was told if you live in the south , it's best to use a synthetic wax for longer protection
It certainly doesn't last as long as synthetic sealants, but carnuabas offer a very characteristic look that you can't really replicate with a sealant. It's also a good idea to layer a carnuaba over a sealant to get an even different look as the warmth of the wax plays with the dripping wet shine of the sealant. Not to mention, you're adding another layer of protection.
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It certainly doesn't last as long as synthetic sealants, but carnuabas offer a very characteristic look that you can't really replicate with a sealant. It's also a good idea to layer a carnuaba over a sealant to get an even different look as the warmth of the wax plays with the dripping wet shine of the sealant. Not to mention, you're adding another layer of protection.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:27 AM   #15
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My Adams was delivered yesterday, so I washed and threw a fresh coat of sealant on last night, now I am headed out for a coat of glaze and Americana

BTW -2 thumbs up to GPC for GREAT service, I'll defiantly be buying from them again!!
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #16
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My Adams was delivered yesterday, so I washed and threw a fresh coat of sealant on last night, now I am headed out for a coat of glaze and Americana

BTW -2 thumbs up to GPC for GREAT service, I'll defiantly be buying from them again!!
I'm looking forward to trying the Glaze, let us know!


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Old 06-02-2012, 11:01 AM   #17
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I'll post a review later but all I can say for right now is WOW! I've never used paste wax (as I was always scared to, looked hard) before but paste wax is the sh$t! I'll NEVER go back to a liquid wax.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:00 AM   #18
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I've recently learned how much goes into keeping a black car looking good. The 2012 45th AE is my first dark car. I could use some advice. I currently use a polish followed by wax. Sounds like I could be doing more to get the best look. What is a sealant? Is it different from polish? How about glaze? Thanks.
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I've recently learned how much goes into keeping a black car looking good. The 2012 45th AE is my first dark car. I could use some advice. I currently use a polish followed by wax. Sounds like I could be doing more to get the best look. What is a sealant? Is it different from polish? How about glaze? Thanks.
Polishes: compounds containing micro abrasives to level the clear coat, removing scratches and enhancing shine. Be wary as many otc products like Turtle Wax mislabel their waxes or sealants as polish.

Sealants: Synthetic compounds that protect the cars finish from the elements. Often are characterized by a wet look and high degree of shine. Long lasting protection and can be layered over itself. Always applied to bare paint.

Waxes: performs the same job as a sealant. Doesn't last as long but gives you a different look. Generally a warmer glow and more depth. Can be layered over a sealant but generally layering wax over itself will provide no additional protection.

Glaze: "cheater" step. Can temporarily fill minor swirls and enhance gloss when you can't do a full polish. Offers little to no protection. Generally best applied under a wax to prolong the effects.

So the order would be: polish, seal, glaze, wax.


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Old 06-04-2012, 09:37 AM   #20
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I cannot wait to get this as Iíve read great things about the Americana wax. Can someone please clarify the difference between the Americana and the Buttery wax (I currently use).
Also, what is the average longevity of the Americana.
I used Americana on both my car and the wife's back in October. It lasted until roughly the 2nd week in May (water beading up, bird crap easy to remove, etc). Buttery wax, while good, doesn't last like that.

Granted this winter was relatively mild in NY, but still - 6 months. That's pretty damn awesome.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #21
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Polishes: compounds containing micro abrasives to level the clear coat, removing scratches and enhancing shine. Be wary as many otc products like Turtle Wax mislabel their waxes or sealants as polish.

Sealants: Synthetic compounds that protect the cars finish from the elements. Often are characterized by a wet look and high degree of shine. Long lasting protection and can be layered over itself. Always applied to bare paint.

Waxes: performs the same job as a sealant. Doesn't last as long but gives you a different look. Generally a warmer glow and more depth. Can be layered over a sealant but generally layering wax over itself will provide no additional protection.

Glaze: "cheater" step. Can temporarily fill minor swirls and enhance gloss when you can't do a full polish. Offers little to no protection. Generally best applied under a wax to prolong the effects.

So the order would be: polish, seal, glaze, wax.


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