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Old 05-10-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Wax on Wax?

Hey guys, i have waxed my car about two weeks ago with an electrical waxer and it looked great! But I've probably washed it twice already and it needs to be washed today. Can I put the wax on after washing it without removing the wax from before? I am going to hand apply it this time with a microfiber applicator pad, because I don't trust my self with that electrical waxer.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Yeah you will be fine. Just slap it on top of existing wax
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:29 AM   #3
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I don't see any harm in it. I probably have multiple layers of wax on my car and I don't even wash it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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Depends on the type of wax. Youd be wasting money by putting more than one coat in such a close time period. Like swissvax you should only do one coat every so often.
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Do you have any foam pads? Microfiber is less than ideal for application.

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Old 05-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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Do you have any foam pads? Microfiber is less than ideal for application.

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No, I'm trying to find a local place to buy them. But it is a microfiber applicator pad, I figured it was the next best thing. And I am using meguiars gold class liquid wax plus.
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No, I'm trying to find a local place to buy them. But it is a microfiber applicator pad, I figured it was the next best thing. And I am using meguiars gold class liquid wax plus.
I've seen foam pads by brands such as Turtle Wax at places like Walmart. Might want to check into that next time you're at the store.

You'll be fine with microfiber, theres nothing "wrong" with it, they can just kind of fight you a little as the fibers are better for picking up than putting down.
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I've seen foam pads by brands such as Turtle Wax at places like Walmart. Might want to check into that next time you're at the store.

You'll be fine with microfiber, theres nothing "wrong" with it, they can just kind of fight you a little as the fibers are better for picking up than putting down.
Thanks man ill pick up some foam sponges at Walmart or autozone, I'm just wary of those type of stores and their products for
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Thanks man ill pick up some foam sponges at Walmart or autozone, I'm just wary of those type of stores and their products for
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You're absolutely right to be wary. Luckily, foam is basically just foam no matter where it's from.

Yes, there's collapsed/open cell foam, but for an applicator pad we won't worry about that.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:19 PM   #10
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You're absolutely right to be wary. Luckily, foam is basically just foam no matter where it's from.

Yes, there's collapsed/open cell foam, but for an applicator pad we won't worry about that.
Ok cool, thanks. I knew those stores weren't top of the line LOL
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:34 PM   #11
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I don't see any harm in it. I probably have multiple layers of wax on my car and I don't even wash it.
So what do you do before waxing, just dust it off?
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Depends on the type of wax. Youd be wasting money by putting more than one coat in such a close time period. Like swissvax you should only do one coat every so often.
I didn't even see this post. Must have gone up at the same time as mine. But he's absolutely right. Wax doesn't layer. The only benefit to adding another coat right away is to ensure you didn't miss a spot the first time.

Then just re-apply when it starts to fail (water isn't beading as well).

Very good point, AK.
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I didn't even see this post. Must have gone up at the same time as mine. But he's absolutely right. Wax doesn't layer. The only benefit to adding another coat right away is to ensure you didn't miss a spot the first time.

Then just re-apply when it starts to fail (water isn't beading as well).

Very good point, AK.
If you put a wax over a sealant when do you wax again? Shouldn't a good sealant, (like black fire) keep you beading for months?

Or if you finish your wash with a detail spray, aren't you always going to have good beading?
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If you put a wax over a sealant when do you wax again? Shouldn't a good sealant, (like black fire) keep you beading for months?

Or if you finish your wash with a detail spray, aren't you always going to have good beading?
Good questions. Yes, the sealant will keep you beading. In this case you just have to go based on your experience. I top off my wax every 2 months or so. That keeps me a good coat without clouding that can happen when you get too many coats of wax.

You should be able to see beading or not during rain, or during your wash before you hit it with the detail spray.

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Good questions. Yes, the sealant will keep you beading. In this case you just have to go based on your experience. I top off my wax every 2 months or so. That keeps me a good coat without clouding that can happen when you get too many coats of wax.

You should be able to see beading or not during rain, or during your wash before you hit it with the detail spray.

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Does detail spray cover the whole car
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Does detail spray cover the whole car
Many people use ds as a drying agent. This means that you rinse the car after washing then lightly mist the whole car with detail spray before towel drying. This adds some slickness to the drying process.

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Many people use ds as a drying agent. This means that you rinse the car after washing then lightly mist the whole car with detail spray before towel drying. This adds some slickness to the drying process.

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Awesome, because I get water spots all the time and maybe that will help keep it wet long enough for me to dry the whole car without water spots.
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Awesome, because I get water spots all the time and maybe that will help keep it wet long enough for me to dry the whole car without water spots.
Many use detail spray after every wash. Personally, I don't dry with it. I blow my car dry, then go over the entire car with DS afterwards. You can hit everything with it, including the windows. Either way will most definitely get rid of the waterspots.
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