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Old 09-23-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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Question about wax

Hello everyone.

I purchased a used 2010 LLT at the end of July. I made sure to get her detailed and waxed up soon after I brought her home. Since then, I haven't had much need for a full water wash until the past few weeks.

I have noticed the past two times I washed her at home that the water beads up wonderfully when I do the initial spray, but when I rise after soaping, the water is not beading on the car as well. I waxed her again after the last wash, and the same happened again today. Is this normal behavior, and if not, what might be the culprit?

I used Meguiar's NXT Generation® Tech Wax. For wash, I used a bottle of Meguiar's Gold Class that my mom donated to me... I am not sure when she bought it, so I am wondering if it is old and losing its quality.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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It's not that unusual for it to not bead after the final rinse as much. If it's beading at first you're probably ok.

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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Soap changes the surface tension of water, so it is harder for it to bead.
It just kinda collapses.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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Good to know. This is the first car that I've cared enough to wash by hand, so I want to be careful that I'm doing it right. I will make sure the water is beading if she gets rained on, or the next time I do a pre-wash rinse, and relax in the meantime.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:41 AM   #5
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Some soap's will degrade the wax on any finish quicker then other's and you will notice it, so I recommend you to use a sealant and a QD that has or is a Polymer Spray like Blackfire. If your going to stay using a wax then Blackfire has a Midnight Sun Instant Detailer Spray that will maintain your wax finish till you need to wax it again. Remember that wax will break down faster then a sealant so keep it up with the right products to keep your finish protected. Hope to see more pictures of your New Camaro soon.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:55 AM   #6
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Soap changes the surface tension of water, so it is harder for it to bead.
It just kinda collapses.
co sign......


wax kinda wears off after soap contact.... still protected but after a few washes.. wax again

the chemical car washes.. was comes right off
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