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Old 09-03-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Lazy/Busy Man Approach

After reading many threads on everything from first time washes/waxes, to long term maintainance I know myself and my schedule well enough to know there is no way I am going to be able to put in hours every weekend on my car.

I will have a 2010 Aqua Blue Metallic Camaro fairly soon and the Next Level Performance fiberglass dovetail spoiler in the same color as the car(after-market). The car also has the white center stripe and while hockey stripe, GM stock).

There are two things I am looking for, the first, even if possible without a new paint job is how to get that deep look to the shine/paint.

The second and most important thing is for someone that will at best do any kind of heavy duty washing/waxing on a monthly basis (will get touchless spray wash as needed) what would be recommended to protect my paint as best as possible.

I am a daily driver (30 miles round trip daily), garage parked at each end, in NJ so rain, snow/ice/salt is going to be part of the car exposure.

I have no issue taking it to a shop and having the right things done, but do not what that to put me in the poor house so something expensive on the first one and perhaps twice a year is ok, but not weekly or monthly.

Any suggestions for a first time end to end protection/shine job, then something like twice a year tops for reaplication that will protect the paint to a reasonable level from the road and weekly touchless spray type car washes or in my approach is everything but just getting the washes a waste on money?

I do with I had the time to put in the TLC so many I see post about, but I know I don't and want the next best thing.

Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Hi!

If you're looking for a "quick", "easy", and "over the counter" product(s), I'd suggest either 'Meguires' or 'Mothers' products.

Its important that once you receive your Camaro, you give it a good bath with a good quality car wash, and then get a coat of wax/polish on it ASAP.

Being a "daily driver", wax/polish your car at the very least, twice a year. If you can find a couple of hours once a month, if not every other, its a good idea to add another coat of wax/polish, as you can never have enough protection.

For tha "wet look" you're after, both 'Meguires' and 'Mothers' offer products to achieve this. Visit an automotive store asap, and choose what works best for you.

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Old 09-03-2009, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hi!

If you're looking for a "quick", "easy", and "over the counter" product(s), I'd suggest either 'Meguires' or 'Mothers' products.

Its important that once you receive your Camaro, you give it a good bath with a good quality car wash, and then get a coat of wax/polish on it ASAP.

Being a "daily driver", wax/polish your car at the very least, twice a year. If you can find a couple of hours once a month, if not every other, its a good idea to add another coat of wax/polish, as you can never have enough protection.

For tha "wet look" you're after, both 'Meguires' and 'Mothers' offer products to achieve this. Visit an automotive store asap, and choose what works best for you.

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First let me say THANK YOU for not lecturing me on how could I not wash and polish my car hourly/daily...

I think the routine you offered will fit well, 2 main qestions, is there a specific "version" of Meguires polish/wax you suggest for what I am looking for (protection/depth)? And is there a specific car wash you would suggest and I assume by car wash you mean a washing solution and not a run through a touchless car wash.

I think I have picked up enough in the rest of the thread to get the right cloths, mittens and such.

Thanks for the tips!
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:14 PM   #4
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First let me say THANK YOU for not lecturing me on how could I not wash and polish my car hourly/daily...

I think the routine you offered will fit well, 2 main qestions, is there a specific "version" of Meguires polish/wax you suggest for what I am looking for (protection/depth)? And is there a specific car wash you would suggest and I assume by car wash you mean a washing solution and not a run through a touchless car wash.

I think I have picked up enough in the rest of the thread to get the right cloths, mittens and such.

Thanks for the tips!
You're very welcome!

If you're going with Meguires, I'd opt for their "Gold Class" line;
- Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner
- Gold Class Liquid Wax

You should be able to find these at Pep Boys, or any automotive store.

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Old 09-03-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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And remember, if you do go with a "cleaner wax" you CAN"T put multiple
coats on, just one.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:13 PM   #6
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Wax is soft, temporary and will re-crystalize and actually look dull in a week after going through hot and cold cycles.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:16 PM   #7
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Can you use the Meguires wax on dealer installed rally stripes?
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Can you use the Meguires wax on dealer installed rally stripes?
I haven't taken a close up look at the stripes they're putting on the 5th gen. yet. But. If they have a "clear finish' on them, go ahead and wax/polish them.

My borther owned a 10th Anniversary Firehawk with factory stripes, and I put many coats of Zaino on them without any problems.
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I haven't taken a close up look at the stripes they're putting on the 5th gen. yet. But. If they have a "clear finish' on them, go ahead and wax/polish them.

My borther owned a 10th Anniversary Firehawk with factory stripes, and I put many coats of Zaino on them without any problems.
I was told by my dealer to not touch the stripes with wax.
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I was told by my dealer to not touch the stripes with wax.
I'll have to take a look at the stripes next time I'm up close to a 5th Gen.. If the black stripes are a "matt finish", I think I'd agree with the dealer.
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I'll have to take a look at the stripes next time I'm up close to a 5th Gen.. If the black stripes are a "matt finish", I think I'd agree with the dealer.
I want to say they are a matte finish but . I don't have something to compare them to to tell! What's a good way to tell?

If they are matte and I want to say I've read in other threads that they are, what's the best way of not only protecting them but making them look as good as when you wax the car?

Anyone have any good ideas on removing superficial dust off the car? I'm hesitant to use one of those California dusters since I don't want to scrape the dust against the paint and scratch it.
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