Do you wax your car ?

I even seem to find a video of it without them advertising some kind of a product brand.

Do you wax it and how often ? How long does it take ? Scotty says wax every 3months.
There is an option to "water-wax" on manual carwashes but I don't think it helps much given it cost 50 cent.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Used to wax it every spring after a thorough washing and polishing. Now I tried the turtle wax ceramic spray coating instead of waxing, we'll see how it goes.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I've used some of those waterless washes and spray on nano ceramix waxes. Just like everything else in this gay world I assume its just a spin on a very old car care product that a marketing department got a hold of and charges us $8 for a spray bottle of whats probably the cheapest surfactant possible. They seem to give an okay shine, but unless I'm doing that twice a week its just not as good as a solid wash and paste wax session.

      I do a nearly all day wash, wax, chrome polish, rainX, vinyl treatment, leather care, and plastic preserver on my motorcycle a few times a year. The wash doesn't take very long, but a lot of small pieces for waxing and buffing, then chrome polishing and buffing, then plastics treatments and buffing. It just takes several hours. I have 2 neighbors that do the same for their trucks; all frickin day detailing them. We seem to do the task every 2 or 3 months and the paint on our vehicles looks showroom fresh still.

      We're not like the obsessed garage though of using 12 different buckets, water filtration, pressure washers, and all kinds of other autistic nonsense. Fresh sponge, fresh microfibers will put some scratches in the clear coat which can be clay-barred out, but frick all that. These are regular vehicles, not show cars trying to earn money for the paint finish. Maybe I'll give clay bar a shot one day to fix the swirls on black paint, but not today.

      There's an adv saying turtle wax is no1 in usa. But there's simply too much to choose from. Anyone already did the research and give the summary ?

      If its being advertised, its probably the same shit with a different dye. Turtle wax has been around for many decades protecting cars, what makes the new $20 tub of carnuba wax special?

      It should go without saying, but avoid those "touchless" car washes and avoid the ones with spinning rag wheels beating your car.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Ehm, you don't use a clay bar to fix swirls. It's to take away asphalt and stubborn grime/minerals that won't come off by rubbing your sponge or microfiber over. It's a reason you do it wet. It is advised not to clay all the time as this will eventually wear down your paint, just like you shouldn't polish your car all the time either.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          oh shit, what can be done to improve the tiny scratches and swirls most evident in black paint then? If its a special buffer tool I'll just say frick it and live with it because of other much deeper scratches in some areas.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Polishing. Besides the elements taking it's toll, it's you touching the car that's making most of the spiderwebs. Depending on how much you use the car, and if you drive in harsh contitions (like dirt roads) all the time, I wouldn't bother with being to hangup in keeping it mint and just get a paint correction a few years down the line if you feel the car is worth it.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Its far from mint condition, there are some deep scratches down to the fiberglass or metal in some spots just because thats unfortunately what rocks and other shit have done. But in sunlight its super obvious the light scratches. Anything other than direct sunlight it still looks good I guess. Oh well, I'll only wash and wax it as best I can.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >asphalt
          use tar remover
          >stubborn grime/minerals that won't come off by rubbing your sponge or microfiber over
          if youre rubbing youre already doing it wrong

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I've had good results with the turtle wax hybrid products.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I just applied some yesterday, seems pretty nice and I'm just waiting for the rain to see how well it holds up

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There's an adv saying turtle wax is no1 in usa. But there's simply too much to choose from. Anyone already did the research and give the summary ?

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    no i ceramic coated it its so much better

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Apparently you have to do it 1-2x per year still and it is really expensive. When I declined it on my new car the guy was really adamant that I should at least diy it.
      I'm still researching what to do. Will probably just wax it for now.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >1-2x per year
        that's bullshit. as long as you use the right kind of soap and microfiber cloths you only need to have it applied every ~3 years. It depends on how often you wash though too, if you're washing every week all year long it might be less than 3 years.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i use a wash n wax soap. seems to work well enough, not looking for show quality.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was planning to with full synth for maximum duration. Probably twice a year at early spring and late fall. If you have heavy sunlight all year long, theres zero reason not to wax your car at least twice a year since the UV ruins the paint otherwise.

    If you want full effectiveness instead of looks, try aiming towards synthetic waxes as these focus more on the effectiveness and duration of the wax effect rather than making the car look as good as possible.

    Quick waxes are better than nothing but nowhere near as good as an actual wax surface

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I use a paste wax by hand and try to apply it at least twice a year. It's a bit of a workout, usually takes about an hour between applying, waiting for it to harden and buffing it off. Fills in minor imperfections in the paint and gives it a very satisfying feel to the touch

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I washed the body, wheels, and soft top, then clayed, compounded, and waxed my Miata a couple weeks ago. Took about 4 hours. Makes a huge difference, I love how smooth the paint feels to the touch afterwards. Your choice of wax, how often you wash it and your choice of wash chemical, weather conditions in your area, and indoor or outdoor storage are all factors in how long your wax will last. Carnauba has the shortest life (especially if you store it outdoors and drive in the rain), synthetic waxes will usually last longer. I've never had one last the full year they claim before I'm unhappy with the finish and feel it needs reapplication, but if your car is a weekend toy garage queen it might.

      This is the good shit and what I used in pic related.

      speaking of car washing shit, do you guys use clays too?

      Yes. I clay once a year. You'd be surprised how much gunk the clay bars pick up that normal washing won't. You also reduce the risk of scratching up your paint with said gunk when you apply the wax by claying first.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Pic related, I think this was brake dust stuck to my hood that washing never took off.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          didnt use an iron remover after you washed?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Never used it since I always polish afterwards anyway. The clay mostly does the same thing in one step. I'll try that next year before I clay it again I suppose, see if I like the results any better.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I should add this is the first time I've ever had my clay turn red from iron deposits (didn't happen with last year's clay on the same car or my other shitbox), so I didn't think I'd need it this year either. My commute didn't change (same home and same workplace), so that's kinda weird.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            there are plenty factors that can build up towards packing iron on a cars surface. Best method to figure out if you have flyrust or iron dust on your car is after foaming and handwashing it, slide your fingers gently over the paint. If it still feels gritty/rough, you have iron still stuck on the paint as it wont come off with regular washing chemicals

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            iron remover is pretty nice as it gets rims insanely clean too. I highly recommend it

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    speaking of car washing shit, do you guys use clays too?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >do you guys use clays too?
      Yes
      >Feel surface of paint when washing car
      >Gritty as frick
      >Clay car
      >Smooth as ice after

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i do a real wax/sealant (jescar powerlok + collinite) once a year and every time i wash (once a month or so) i use beadmaker as sort of a pseudo-wax (it really does seem to add gloss and slickness)

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I had mine ceramic coated, and use that yellow meguiar's soap that has ceramic mixed in it to maintain

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I did it once and it turned the black plastic cladding gray. Turtle wax did it. Never again.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You don't put wax on plastic trim, moron-kun.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    not that often anymore.
    wax is great. its only bad if your car collects dust on top of it.
    also this was my favorite wax.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I was shocked at how nice that stuff is to use

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I wax ur mum's muff

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have never waxed a single of my cars in my life and the only time I washed one of them I drove through a field and got actual bullshit on it and didn't want it to get inside

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Any opinions on cheap shit polishing machines?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I got the two handed one and honestly thought it was going to shake the panels off the car. And the gay polishing pad kept slipping off of the machine. If anything it just put more swirls into the clear coat.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That bad, huh? I wonder if the type I posted works better than those awkward two-handed ones.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, also I wax my body, not sure if that matters.

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