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Posted 17 July 2003 - 02:38 AM
What's the best protection!?
Posted 17 July 2003 - 05:59 AM
Go to a "touchless" car wash that doesn't use brushes. Car washes do as little equipment maintenance as possible, and the cloths and brushes are typically impregnated with grit which will trash your paint job fast. I've got millions of micro scratches on my windshield (and paint) from the %^&^ car wash.
I've come to the same conclusion about the paint on my '99 OBW -- it is "delicate."
Posted 17 July 2003 - 06:54 AM
zymol makes some nice products. You can get as elaborate into waxes and protectants as you can imagine, or you can go buy some stuff down at the local autoparts store that works fine. It really depends on how much time, money, and what you want your finish to look like.
Posted 17 July 2003 - 08:58 AM
I have kept my 82 Hatch paint in great shape by HAND WASHING it and NO ELECTRIC BUFFERS!:cool:
My wife had a 82 that she let an amateur power buff. Clear coat was gone by 87:mad:
Keep any industrial fallout off by hand waxing it off, don't let it build up, it will form rust:mad: .
I have never been picky about brands of wax, I just use a Name Brand!
Keep it looking good8o
82 Hatch, took all my great body panels off?
01 Forester, Gonna stay in good shape!
Guest_1 Lucky Texan_*
Posted 17 July 2003 - 09:54 AM
So I'm gonna use NuFinish. I think it's actually some kinda non-wax based stuff (polymer?)but, years ago it performed well in a CU test, it isn't picky about 'apply in the shade' (that can be an issue in Texas on occasion) and is a little less trouble than carnauda wax. Which will trap dirt in the heat of the South and West. I briefly considered a buffer but decided against it for the reasons stated above.
The show car guys like the Zaino bros. line of products.
Just depends on your level of enthusiasm for spending time on the appearance of your car.
From what I saw, the Mother's line of stuff seems pretty good too.
1 Lucky Texan
Posted 17 July 2003 - 10:02 AM
Mothers is excellent and so is Maguires.
Posted 17 July 2003 - 12:58 PM
Posted 17 July 2003 - 01:53 PM
Not the stuff you find in the autoparts store, the higher end stuff. I'd recommend getting it here www.emmonscoachworks.com/
You can read up more about zymol on their site www.zymol.com
Zymol gives an excellant shine, it's not the longest lasting wax, nor is it the easiest to apply. If your paint finish is not excellant, use another product to get it looking good, then if you use zymol on it, it should look really good. You need to follow all the steps for zymol as well. If it's the first time using it, you need to use their HD-cleanse, and when your done waxing, spray a light mist of water over the car, it helps to even out the shine.
Posted 22 July 2003 - 10:30 AM
I have found it lasts a couple months (I have waxed my car twice in the year I have had it) and does a great job of "cleaning" the car, i.e. taking off water spots, etc.
Doing the light mist of water and then buffing it gives it a very very nice shine.
I agree with the buffers, nothing beats a nice hand wax. It takes me about a day to wax my forester from top to bottom.
Guest_1 Lucky Texan_*
Posted 22 July 2003 - 11:49 AM
don't fear the NuFinish!
1 Lucky Texan
Posted 22 July 2003 - 01:53 PM
what color is your car? Why does it seem fragile are you seeing lots of scratches and swirl marks?
As others have said hand washing is best hand washing your car is kind of like buffing your car only you take off such a minimal amount of paint that you would never notice over the course of 7 years of hand mitting your car its the same as having your car buffed, By a profesional once during that seven year period. When you hand wash you are just taking the top layer of dead paint off.
also use a chamois or synthetic chamois not towels to dry your car or one of those squegee things but buy a good one.
those waxes recommended were really good too. especially that zymol I use it 4 times a year on mine.
And remember "Wax on Wax off"
I had to do it "Daniel son"
Posted 23 July 2003 - 06:16 AM
It actually will have less friction then a towel will.
The original water blade was made by california car cover company.
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Posted 03 September 2003 - 11:38 AM
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