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Old 10-15-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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Keeping the shine in between bi-annual waxes?

I recently bought my third Camaro, first 5th gen. I got black and my two previous cars were red, white. Living in Florida where it rains non-stop and sprinklers run rampant, paired with the sun hammering down, what can I use in between the twice a year clay, wash, and wax? I take the car to get washed about every other weekend but I am looking for something to wash off the little things here and there between washes.

Does anyone have some good tips.recommendations?

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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I wax mine more than twice a year... being in the elements it needs it here in VA
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Thanks Flick, do you use a quick detailer or something in between those waxes?
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I use a Meguires spray wax inbetween my paste wax applications but I also apply the paste wax more than twice a year, 3 or 4 more like it. I do a lot of highway driving and the road grit just scours wax off the sides.
When I wash the car, I blow-dry the majority of water off, then use spray wax with the drying towel for a spot-free shine.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:38 PM   #5
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If you are concerned about water stains and etching from sprinklers and rainy Fl weather, You would be well off to consider a coating. OC 2.0 , Opti-Guard and the like are getting a lot of attention for a reason. Ease of maintaining a defect free surface is greatly increased and one of many benefits enjoyed with a coating application.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #7
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The problem with what we have here in Florida is the hard water, bug's and rain! I always recommend using a sealant for this and still do. If you want to use a wax that's fine but do this after you apply the sealant on the paint. I always use 2-3 coats of sealant and wax it to help in these problems. Don't forget to have a QD with some sealant or wax in them so you can touch up after any of these problems arise.
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I usually just wash between the waxing and dry with a detail spray
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Use a quality sealant like Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant 4 times a year. That should last you 3 months an application no problem.

Also the sealant goes on very thin, so you might still have that bottle 2 to 3 years later if you just do one car. (it is kind of expensive though at 40 dollars)

Then just use Ultima Waterless Wash + concentrate. It is a rinseless wash and a quick detailer.

One 16 oz bottle ($20) makes 5.5 GALLONS of quick detailer/rinseless wash/clay lube. It is one of my favorite products... ever!
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After the wax I went with some Meguiars detail to remove rain spots and debri which is constant down here in Florida. What do you guys think?
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I just wax in between waxes to keep her shiney!!!! Lol its not so bad just buy a buffer
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I put on one coat of sealant.... every month. Overkill.
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Nuclear I see you are a FL guy. When it rains and the debri and dusts gets on your car do you wipe it down with something or take it to the wash? i used Meguiar's UQD and it looked amazing, took off all dust and rain spots, no actual dirt on the car. They just make it so hard to pick a product to use so I hope I am using the right one =/
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Nuclear I see you are a FL guy. When it rains and the debri and dusts gets on your car do you wipe it down with something or take it to the wash? i used Meguiar's UQD and it looked amazing, took off all dust and rain spots, no actual dirt on the car. They just make it so hard to pick a product to use so I hope I am using the right one =/
QD is great a removing light dust and as a drying aid. Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer is pretty good. But it is like 10 dollars for the bottle.

If you get Ultima Waterless Wash, you can get an equally good QD for much cheaper. It's 20 dollars for the concentrate. It makes 5.5 GALLONS of QD. Also, it is a very good waterless wash, clay lube, and rinseless wash
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I would recommend either Optimum Car Wax or Pinnacle XMT Spray Wax. Both are durable enough to last several months on their own (as stand alone waxes) so as a topper to existing protection they are the perfect amount of overkill!
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Todd, can I use those to wipe off standard grime or does the car need it after a wash? I was using the UQD to remove grime as well.

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If it's too dirty/too much dust or grime you need to wash it. You can follow up with a QD with wax like BLACKFIRE Midnight Sun Instant Detailer and a good microfiber towel.
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Angelo, do you spray the product on dust and dirt and then wipe off? Or is it seeing dust off the entire car and then use this product?
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After the wax I went with some Meguiars detail to remove rain spots and debri which is constant down here in Florida. What do you guys think?
Looks great!
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Angelo, do you spray the product on dust and dirt and then wipe off? Or is it seeing dust off the entire car and then use this product?
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BLACKFIRE Midnight Sun Instant Detailer is a high lubricity spray that loosens dust and light contamination so it wipes away without scratching. You can use it to remove dust, dirt, fingerprints, smudges, as well as fresh bugs and bird droppings. High gloss Wet Diamond polymers bond to the existing wax to breathe new life into it and Ivory Carnauba wax intensifies the liquid shimmer.
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I live in Maryland and it also tuff to keep black looking good. I also use detail spray and Meguiar's spray wax in between waxes.
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I live in Maryland and it also tuff to keep black looking good. I also use detail spray and Meguiar's spray wax in between waxes.
Looks like you do a pretty good job
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:40 AM   #23
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Yeah looking beast man, nice car!

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Sorry for the delay in response, but I would NEVER QD if the car is "dirty." A light layer of dust after a dry day, sure, but not if you've driven the car over the course of a week or even one wet day.

For me, QD exists for two reasons:

• Drying Aid
• Wipedown at shows

Other than that, I don't use the stuff.
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Sorry for the delay in response, but I would NEVER QD if the car is "dirty." A light layer of dust after a dry day, sure, but not if you've driven the car over the course of a week or even one wet day.

For me, QD exists for two reasons:

• Drying Aid
• Wipedown at shows

Other than that, I don't use the stuff.
+1

I also recommend hitting the car with a California Duster to get what light dust off that you can prior to the QD wipe down. Using a California Duster has a "method" all it's own as well. See some of Junkman's videos on how to use a Cali Duster the right way.

I think we ALL want to avoid swirl marks, esp. on a dark car in sunny FLA or TX.
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