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Old 05-31-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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What is the best wax?

I plan on detailing and waxing my car tonight, what is the best way to keep it shiny, and keep the water beading off? I assume wax, but what kind? Turtle wax and miguires are what my dad used to use, but I don't know.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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Try the detailing forum, you'll likely get more responses there. But you'll also probably get a million suggestion's for Adam's products.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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Can of worms... open! Expect to get different opinions. Also check out this thread, along with other posts in the detailing section:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=275418

I'm using Adam's Americana at the moment.

One more thought - decide what you're willing to spend detailing - that'll narrow the field. It'll add up quick $$$
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Give Adams a try, good products and great to do business with. More $ than over the counter but soooo much better products. IMO.
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First - check the detailing forum. Like stated above your question will have as many responses as "What's the best oil"?

Second - IMHO the best combo I've found is chemical guys Black Light Radiant Finish followed by Pete's 53 wax.

BTW - check out info posted by CamaroDreams07. IMO he's the best non-vendor responder anything related to detailing. (Vendors are also great - just that he isn't totally dedicated to any one vendor).
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Adams americana or the new Adams patriot but its 250 bucks # out of 250 but it makes Americana look like some cheap spray wax!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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if you plan on detailing tonight many of the above choices are not readily available and you will have to wait a week or so to order.
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So many waxes so little time lol

I'm selling new dodo juice waxes if your interested. At a great discount to
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:17 PM   #11
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Any pure carnauba wax (no abrasives).
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:20 PM   #12
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Any pure carnauba wax (no abrasives).
no abrasives indeed.

The best wax is pretty subjective and expensive. I depends on paint smoothness and color. There are waxes out there that specialize with dark colors. Some waxes are great for a smooth no swirl car some waxes can hide some of the imperfection.
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You have a white car, keep it simple ... Go to Walmart get Mothers Clay Kit and Pure Carnauba Wax. Wash, clay, rinse and wax your car will look great. No need to spend hundreds of dollars on product.
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Clay it. Then use any quality wax. Different people like different waxes.

I like a HARD caranuba wax. And I use a spray wax in between hard waxes.
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You have a white car, keep it simple ... Go to Walmart get Mothers Clay Kit and Pure Carnauba Wax. Wash, clay, rinse and wax your car will look great. No need to spend hundreds of dollars on product.
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You have a white car, keep it simple ... Go to Walmart get Mothers Clay Kit and Pure Carnauba Wax. Wash, clay, rinse and wax your car will look great. No need to spend hundreds of dollars on product.
Thanks bro. What exactly is a clay bar? I have a few micro scratches, that are just barely noticeable, will the wax and clay help that? They aren't really scratches, just little abrasions like as if some sand came over the hood.
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First - check the detailing forum. Like stated above your question will have as many responses as "What's the best oil"?

Second - IMHO the best combo I've found is chemical guys Black Light Radiant Finish followed by Pete's 53 wax.

BTW - check out info posted by CamaroDreams07. IMO he's the best non-vendor responder anything related to detailing. (Vendors are also great - just that he isn't totally dedicated to any one vendor).
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Matt will give you all the info
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Blackfire Midnight Sun or Adam's Americana are awesome. I would give the slight edge to Midnight Sun.
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You guys are gonna make me tear up Lol

I think it's pretty much been covered here. No such thing as the "best wax." My thread lists some of my personal favorites but a lot depends on your budgets, goals, etc.

Heck, the best wax might not even be a wax. You might be more into sealants (like I am) than waxes.

If you HAVE to have something tonight, Meguiar's Gold Class paste wax is a very good product readily available.
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Thanks bro. What exactly is a clay bar? I have a few micro scratches, that are just barely noticeable, will the wax and clay help that? They aren't really scratches, just little abrasions like as if some sand came over the hood.
Sorry, just saw this after I posted my last reply.

Clay bar is exactly what it sounds like. It's a hunk of clay that you glide across clean paint to remove embedded contaminants left behind even after a thorough wash. Very important step. Pick up a mother's or Meg's claybar kit, should be about $15.

And no, neither of those steps will help your swirls or scratches. The wax *might* temporarily fill them and reduce the appearance, but probably not much, and it won't last long.
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I've been dying to try out BFs sealant.
I have the MNS wax waiting to hahah
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I've been dying to try out BFs sealant.
I have the MNS wax waiting to hahah
I wish you were closer so I could smack you for not trying that yet lol
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Sorry, just saw this after I posted my last reply.

Clay bar is exactly what it sounds like. It's a hunk of clay that you glide across clean paint to remove embedded contaminants left behind even after a thorough wash. Very important step. Pick up a mother's or Meg's claybar kit, should be about $15.

And no, neither of those steps will help your swirls or scratches. The wax *might* temporarily fill them and reduce the appearance, but probably not much, and it won't last long.
Doesn't glaze have "some" fillers in them that might help?
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I wish you were closer so I could smack you for not trying that yet lol
Lmao, I was addicted to the whole wax thing but I want to try a sealant and top it with a wax.
The BF sealant and wax combo is calling my name !
I might actually have a sample at home in my boxes from a trade I did awhile back.
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