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« on: October 23, 2013, 06:16:35 PM »

Who`s Polish do you use before waxing?
Looking to see what you guys are using for a polish before you wax and how you like it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 06:43:37 PM »

I use all meguiars products.

Clay bar
Compound
Ultimate polish
Ultimate wax

I think they have a wax specifically for black cars too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 06:59:19 PM »

Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer, followed by Turtle Wax Black Wax.

Does anyone know where I can get a clay bar without buying the full package of products?  Just want the clay bar, nothing more.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 07:55:17 PM »

Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer, followed by Turtle Wax Black Wax.

Does anyone know where I can get a clay bar without buying the full package of products?  Just want the clay bar, nothing more.

Meguiar's has clay replacements. I believe it comes with 3 bars.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2013, 09:10:58 AM »

Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer, followed by Turtle Wax Black Wax.

Does anyone know where I can get a clay bar without buying the full package of products?  Just want the clay bar, nothing more.

Meguiar's has clay replacements. I believe it comes with 3 bars.

Maybe I can buy online.  I've just not found a brick & morter supplier (WalMart, O'Reilly) that sells the bars separately.  Just sold with wax, cleaners and microfiber cloths for about $20.
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2013, 02:39:08 PM »

I'm a BIG fan of Adams Polishes.   Its not cheap, but a big step up from the normal "over the counter" stuff.   I like it better than Zaino!   They are having a sale right now- 10% off PLUS free shipping.   Don't mean to sound like an ad...
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2013, 02:47:35 PM »

I'm a BIG fan of Adams Polishes.   Its not cheap, but a big step up from the normal "over the counter" stuff.   I like it better than Zaino!   They are having a sale right now- 10% off PLUS free shipping.   Don't mean to sound like an ad...
I swear by Adams use everything Adams the detail spray is the best detail spray I ever used and it smells like cotton candy
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2013, 05:36:30 PM »

The brands mentioned are all good recommendations.  I like the new "Synthetic Wax" from Mother's.  It goes on easy as a liquid, works great on clear coat.  It must have a type of cleaner built it because it removes quite a bit of residue from the clear coat finish? 

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 07:05:44 PM »

I'm currently using Menzerna polishes. In the past it's been Pinnacle, Zaino, and Meguires M105 and M205.
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2013, 10:31:26 PM »

For a quick wash and detail I use maguires. For a full detail its adams orbital buffer and polishing with maguires nxt wax.
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2013, 08:06:51 AM »

For a quick wash and detail I use maguires. For a full detail its adams orbital buffer and polishing with maguires nxt wax.

Same here when I have Adams products on hand.  Otherwise I will use the Meguiars M105, Meguiars #7 Show car glaze, then the NXT wax or the #26 Yellow wax.
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2013, 03:59:47 PM »

I am a big time Adams' convert.  But I have always had fantastic results with the 3M Swirl Remover and the 3M Ultrafina using the color coordinated 3M dimpled foam pads and my FLEX polisher.  Of course it all depends on the condition of the paint you have to start with - some defects and scratches will be deep enough that there isn't really enough material surrounding the defect to safely polish away in order to smooth it out.  But provided you have pretty good depth of clear coat to start with, the 3M combo has always done me right.  Adams machine sealant is the absolute very best synthetic (non-carnuba) sealant/wax I have ever used.  Crystal clear even under high intensity LED lighting.  And the Americana Wax is just intoxicating when applied to properly prepped paint.

Oh, and the brand and type of paint really does make a huge difference with regard to which products work best.  My 3M products don't do anything to the ceramic/scratch-resistant clear coat on wifey's Mercedes ML.  I had to broaden my horizons and get to know the Menzerna line to properly correct that paint. And for some reason, the paint on my Green TA really responds to the Meguires Ultimate Compound and Ultimate Polish Duo. 
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2013, 08:12:10 PM »

I am a big time Adams' convert.  But I have always had fantastic results with the 3M Swirl Remover and the 3M Ultrafina using the color coordinated 3M dimpled foam pads and my FLEX polisher.  Of course it all depends on the condition of the paint you have to start with - some defects and scratches will be deep enough that there isn't really enough material surrounding the defect to safely polish away in order to smooth it out.  But provided you have pretty good depth of clear coat to start with, the 3M combo has always done me right.  Adams machine sealant is the absolute very best synthetic (non-carnuba) sealant/wax I have ever used.  Crystal clear even under high intensity LED lighting.  And the Americana Wax is just intoxicating when applied to properly prepped paint.

Oh, and the brand and type of paint really does make a huge difference with regard to which products work best.  My 3M products don't do anything to the ceramic/scratch-resistant clear coat on wifey's Mercedes ML.  I had to broaden my horizons and get to know the Menzerna line to properly correct that paint. And for some reason, the paint on my Green TA really responds to the Meguires Ultimate Compound and Ultimate Polish Duo.

I've got some of that machine sealant and agree with you completely and that is too true about the difference in clear coats. One of my regular customers would bring me different brands of cars and it is interesting how you have to do some experimenting to get the best results for each one.
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