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Old 03-05-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Keeping the paint looking new

So I've been reading around the forum and found out that the paint on our cars isn't particularly the best/most durable. I've had the car for about 2 weeks and i'm intent on keeping the black paint as shiny and perfect as possible. Looking at it everyday the paint looks perfect and shiny, until i get really close and look at it from an angle I see what may look like swirl marks. (pic)

Is it recommended to start polishing and waxing already? Should this be done at a shop or as a DIY? I've never actually waxed or polished a car before (I used to own an 04 Camry, I just took it to Dr. Wash), so if anyone has a preferred brand or a guide on how to wash/polish/wax I'd appreciate the input.

I've also been thinking about adding splash guards to the car, any thoughts on this and benefits preventing rock chips on the side of the car (or are they still going to happen/not worth the money/don't look good).

Anyone try the 3M clear bra? I looked into it and seems like a great solution granted that it won't yellow in a few years. Installed in the front and the door edge and door handle hole (where fingernails tend to scratch the paint, also in the picture) seem like a good idea.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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Keep it waxed with a high quality carnauba wax.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #3
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that's why I didn't buy black lol way to much work to keep it looking good.

...and a clear bra is a great way to prevent rock chips, I rocommend it.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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stop going to the drive through car wash, then go visit the Junkman on youtube. Or join the Meguiars forums and review their car care videos. Or go to Adams website and view their videos.
There is also a forum here on C5 dedicated to the subject and you will find a smorgasboard of ways to keep your Camaro spotless. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=45
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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stop going to the drive through car wash, then go visit the Junkman on youtube. Or join the Meguiars forums and review their car care videos. Or go to Adams website and view their videos.
There is also a forum here on C5 dedicated to the subject and you will find a smorgasboard of ways to keep your Camaro spotless. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=45
X1 million. A quality wash, clay bar, polish and wax goes a long way to keeping the paint nice for many years. A drive through car wash or improper wash technique can ruin that clear real quick.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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The best money that you can spend right now would be for the 3M clear bra.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #7
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Check out the clear bra called xpel...sounds like the best way to go.that's the way I will be going when my Camaro arrives...
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:31 AM   #8
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The products i choose was Adams. I just recently changed to their products and while their stuff is a tad expensive they are high quality products and in my opinion deliver awesome results.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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This is my second black GM car, granted separate years apart so the paint chemicals are different but my 2006 (build date 2005) Pontiac G6 still looks like it is off the showroom floor and it's close to 8 years old. Hand-wash your car delicately and take your time and the paint will stay great for years to come. My Camaro and G6 I usually alternate every other week for washing, then once a month or depending will do a wax.

Just like everything else with your car, take care of it and it will last
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had the car less than 12 hours and was in the shop getting the clear bra.
would never own another new car without one.

And my car will never see the inside of a carwash.
It gets a professional detail once a week.
Factory Swirls are also common.
take and have it polished out cost me 100 bucks to get rid of all the dealer crappy swirls on the second day of ownership.
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had the car less than 12 hours and was in the shop getting the clear bra.
would never own another new car without one.

And my car will never see the inside of a carwash.
It gets a professional detail once a week.
Factory Swirls are also common.
take and have it polished out cost me 100 bucks to get rid of all the dealer crappy swirls on the second day of ownership.
Cool, I will definitely look at getting a clear bra sometime soon. Where did you get your car polished?
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X1 million. A quality wash, clay bar, polish and wax goes a long way to keeping the paint nice for many years. A drive through car wash or improper wash technique can ruin that clear real quick.
I'll look into clay bars, seems like they make a world of a difference. Do you do all the steps yourself or is there something that is recommended to be done by a professional or by special tools.
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Cool, I will definitely look at getting a clear bra sometime soon. Where did you get your car polished?
just a reputable local high end detail shop.

do some google research for your area.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:55 AM   #14
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stop going to the drive through car wash, then go visit the Junkman on youtube. Or join the Meguiars forums and review their car care videos. Or go to Adams website and view their videos.
There is also a forum here on C5 dedicated to the subject and you will find a smorgasboard of ways to keep your Camaro spotless. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=45
This is exactly what i was looking for, i will have plenty of reading material now
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Damn, you do have some serious swirls. I've had my car 3 1/2 years and mine still looks close to flawless. It is black and I take great care in washing and waxing. Hope you can get it corrected. Junkman, his videos will explain a lot and let you know what you're doing wrong. Good luck to you,
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #16
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:20 PM   #17
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Damn, you do have some serious swirls. I've had my car 3 1/2 years and mine still looks close to flawless. It is black and I take great care in washing and waxing. Hope you can get it corrected. Junkman, his videos will explain a lot and let you know what you're doing wrong. Good luck to you,
Yea.. that's what I figured :Cry: It doesn't really bother me too much since I have to get really close to notice them, but I would rather not have them (duh). I only did 1 light wash myself, but i think the dealer had taken it to their car wash when they installed the heritage grille (freebee) which probably caused this. Either that or some Resitall coat they added to 'protect' the paint. Either way I plan on fixing it soon.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:52 PM   #18
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The splash guards are a great investmwent if you are okay with the look. I had already gotten several chips in the gill area on mine before I installed them & none since (though I have gotten chips in other areas). I like the look of them & if you don't they don't show up as much in black anyway, they just sort of fade into the background of the tire. Definately read the threads on how to wash, wax, etc & care for your baby. I thought I knew how to take care of a car's paint until I read them. Good luck as black is really a pain (even moreso than the other fragile colors) to maintain.


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Old 03-05-2013, 02:06 PM   #19
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check out junkman on you tube.
Get on Adams polishes website and check out the videos.
You can do it all yourself or take it to a pro and have those swirls removed. You need to start washing it the proper way or you will continue to add to the swirls. You have the toughest color to maintain, don't delay!
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Welcome to the site... enjoy your car... but getting the swirls removed is pointless until you learn how to wash properly or are willing to pay someone who does.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #21
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You can pay someone to polish that out, or you can watch a few videos on youtube or one of the quality detailing sites...Adam's, Meg's, etc, and learn how to do it on your own. I would say it's worth the investment to learn how and get your own Porter Cable set up. If you are going to clear bra it, you will want to polish all those swirls out first or you'll be stuck with them. If you're going to polish them out, or pay someone a butt ton of money to do it for you, you need to invest in a few quality products to keep it from getting swirled up again, or you will be throwing money in the toilet. Look up 2 bucket wash, merino wool wash mitt (or equivalent), a good car shampoo (Adam's, Optimum, etc...), and seal it up, and keep a good coat of wax on it. May even want to research Opti-coat 2.0 as a permanent wax option. Also be very particular about your choice of drying towels and microfiber polishing towels. Look up Adam's Great White Drying towel, Cobra Guzzler, etc... You can bet on just about anything you buy over the counter being garbage, save a few. Mother's is typically pretty good, Meguire's is also a pretty safe bet in most cases. Most towels at your auto stores, I would stay away from.
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+1 for Adam's polishes. Tons of 'how to' videos. Adams is expensive, but you get what you pay for. I hear 'Chemical Guys' products are just as good - but more confusing on what products you need for the job at hand.

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #23
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Zaino, Adams, Meguires, Mothers......All good choices with differences in approach.

Get Polishing! Especially with a black car. You'll be astonished at how good it can look! :biggrin1:
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I'll look into clay bars, seems like they make a world of a difference. Do you do all the steps yourself or is there something that is recommended to be done by a professional or by special tools.
I do it all myself. Adams offers a dual action polisher. There are some other polishers out there too. All the supplies aren't cheap but it's an investment in your cars so I figure its worth it. It can take up to 6hrs to do everything correctly.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:22 PM   #25
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Rule # 1 - Never go to a car wash

Rule # 2 - Refer back to rule #1.

Once this post gets bumped to the washing subforum, you will start reading more and more there how to properly take care of your cars paint. I learned a TON over there, and I can finally say that I am satisfied the way my car looks swirl free.

Of course there is nothing I can do about the road rash I get on my front bumper beside a clear bra, but I digress......
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