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Opinion Needed: detailing: polish, and wax

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Old 03-23-2015, 09:39 PM
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ive been curious about a couple of items. mainly polish, and wax. my dad taught me from a young age to only use wax. which i have up till this point of my life. i work with a guy that has done body repair and finishing most of his life, and he swears up and down on polish. is it possible to use both? or is it a either or? would you use polish first, and then use the wax to put a "seal" on top of that to protect the polished surface? ive been dabbling, and wanting to learn more about protecting the surface of my vehicles. i have claybarred, and used quick detail spray along with clay barring the car. then ill usually wax on top of that. but then, i have recently started experimenting with polish, and got a decent d/a polisher/buffer. and like the results i can get from that, but have noticed that polish alone wont last very long. any input would be really helpful, as ive always been curious about this
 
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:17 PM
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I've had great results with washing, then using a sealer in between waxing, it's the meguiars product that I use and keeps the shine for a long time and seems to help the wax last longer. They have a 3 step process that works rather well, especially in conjunction with the clay bar
 
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:33 PM
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is it specifically called a sealer? or is that just what it does? ill have to look for it
 
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:53 AM
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Well car season is here, so get to work making her sparkle.

I always use a Claybar to remove all the impurities stuck to the paints surface. It is a must do step, extra work but it needs to be done. Next the polish is there to do just that "Polish". You will be removing all the fine swirl marks and scratches on your paints surface. Kind of like polishing a watch crystal, polish a piece of plastic over and over till all the scratches are gone and you have a clear plastic watch crystal. So apply the polish and the next phase which many people skip is to put on a paint sealant prior to applying the wax. Next you will need to apply your wax, this will bring out the pop and pizzaz glistening shiny and be your paints protective wear surface. I use a machine, but have done it by hand many times. Harbor Freight sells the machine, pads for monkey money. I'm also a Meguiars person. Meguiars CLaybar, Ultimate Polish and then their Ultimate Liquid Wax.
 
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:50 AM
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This is a good chart to follow:

 
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:00 PM
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thats an awesome chart to go by. thanks
 
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:21 PM
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If I really want to protect my car and this process I do once a year to protect my car I will wash then claybar then if there are deep scratches I will use a compound if no deep scratches then Ill go straight to polish then sealant then wax. The rest of the year Ill just polish and wax, or just even wax. I was always told that polish wax work together, you put polish on first then wax.
 
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:40 PM
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looks like i have a new weekend project. just needs to warm up weather wise now
 
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:05 PM
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come by me we already had our first 90 degree day like 2 weeks ago
 
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:57 PM
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must be nice. we had a day 2 weeks ago approach 75, then back in the 20s and 30s this week
 

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