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K searched and went thru to page 4 and they got wayy off topic.

IM looking for a basic Waxing Process.. Our cars are huge and take a long time. I did mine last fall and I think there must be a better way to do it.

okay so..... i need a generic wax the car method..

Step 1) wash car :)
Step 2) ????
etc.

Secondary ??:::: Will a clay bar fill in the rock chips all over my freakin paint?

If not what exactly are the clay bars for?
 

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having a black car and the luxury of washing my car at the dealership I tint at I wax my car every wash. Using Mequiers Yellow Wax I start with the decklid and rear bumper because thats where the sun is at the time and i dont want the surface to be hot. I like to move on to the next panel while the wax gets a nice haze. i use a microfiber to buff the wax and mequiers applicator pad to apply. Working my way around the car I wax the rear quarter and let that haze while waxing the doors. Taking a short break after buffing I'll do the roof and door pillars, goes quick because i have a sunroof. Next I tackle the hood half at a time because yes it is huge. Off the hood down to the fenders and across the bumper I give the car a wax beard and then buff it all away. Done and done. I try and stick with the "wax on, wax off" method of wiping one direction to apply and the other to remove but I usually switch hands and forget which way I just went but i've never noticed a difference.
 

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k so A claybar would take off the brake dust on the assend of ym car. cuz normal wash/ highpressurewash. doesnt do it. even by hand,

Claybar would take care fo this I assume?
 

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Steps: Car washing | polishing Guide

1. Pour soap in one bucket creating suds.

2. Fill your other bucket up with fresh water.

3. Try and keep you vehicle in a shady place because the sun will allow the soap to dry creating water spots.

4. Spray the car before starting to wash it, this will remove loose particles and cool the paint for cleaning.

5. Try and spray the wheels and wheel wells to remove overspray etc from the undercarriage.

6. You may use a soft sponge or preferably a sheepskin mitt.

7. Start at the top of the vehicle working your way down, do one panel at a time rinsing as you go to keep the suds from drying.

8. After each panel rinse your mitt in the bucket with the clean water as this will prevent the dirt that is collected from scratching your car.

9. To prevent scratches when drying, use a soft, absorbent terry-cloth towel or a chamois.

10. Be sure to pay extra attention to the front panels, because these are the panels that normally are affected most by bugs, tar and overspray. We later go into detail about detailing clay and its purposes which is the next step to cleaning your vehicles paint.

11. After completing the detailing clay process you should polish your cars paint using a polisher and a high grade polish as this will clean the paint and smoothen the surface preparing it for waxing.

12. The very last step is to wax or seal the paint which will protect the paint.


Detailing Clay

Steps:

1. Clean and wash your car with high quality soap removing as much dirt as possible. When washing pay close attention to the front panels of the car as this is where most of the overspray, bugs, tar etc... Will be.



2. Dry your vehicle with a 100% cotton terry cloth.



3. In order for you to appreciate and understand what detailing clay does, get a sandwich bag and place it over your hand and gentle rub the front end of your car. You will feel all of the embedded pollution and overspray. The purpose of the bag is to magnify the dirt to the touch.



4. Get your detailing clay and clay lubricant or soapy water and gently rub the area your are trying to clean in a circular motion. Then place the sandwich bag over your hand and rub the same area, you will now see all of the dirt, tar, overspray has been lifted.







There are a couple major mistakes people make when cleaning there car. First they polish there car with a high speed polisher when the car has not been properly prepped to do so. When you polish your vehicle with dirt embedded in the paint it creates swirls because those little dirt particles are like sandpaper, if you use a high speed polisher you can harm the clear coat and paint very easily. So it is very important to polish clean paint.



Second major mistake that people make is waxing or sealing over the dirt and grime. This makes it almost impossible to get out the next time you go to clean the exterior of your car. Waxing over dirt also makes your paint look dull and each time you wax over the dirt it loses a little bit more of it brightness.

Properly Polishing Tips

Steps:

1. Clay the surface using high quality detailing clay

2. Center your pad properly on the polisher using a centering tool.

3. Be sure to spur the pad removing all dirt and dust particles.

4. Polish, make sure you do not use anything that is highly abrasive. Look for something with more wax in it, especially if you are new to polishing. Apply a thin line of polish directly to the paint. Buff the product immediately at low rpms, try to keep the surface wet or cool while buffing as this will help prevent paint burn.

5. Wipe with a cotton terry cloth.

6. Car Waxing is the last step put a good coat of wax on to protect the clean finish.













When polishing make sure you read the directions on each polish, the majority of the good polishes will inform you what RPM you should be polishing at for that particular chemical. If you don’t pay attention to these details you can easily damage the clear coat or paint.


Waxing your car is essential to keeping the paint protected from the environment. Waxing prevents contaminants, pollution and industrial fall out from embedding itself into the paint, preventing expensive damage to the paint.

Think of it like this, when you go out into the sun you put on sunscreen to protect your skin from burning it is the same way with wax. There are many factors that determine how much you should wax your car.

Do you keep your car garaged or does it sit outside? A good rule of thumb is to wax your vehicle at least twice a year. If you would like you can clay in between waxing and this will help to keep your vehicles paint contaminant free for longer periods requiring less waxing.

You probably are thinking that there are waxes that allow you to wax your car once a year. The majority of these products are not waxes but polymers or sealants. They normally have chemical cleaners in them that provide a brilliant shine and last longer than normal waxes. If your vehicle is kept garaged and is properly maintained, washed etc...The sealant may last a year but you will still have contaminants that need to be cleaned from the paint surface. When you see the paint on your car start to dull the first thing you think is that it needs to be waxed when actually it needs to be polished.

There are proper steps to wax your car; I will go through them so you can get a better understanding on how to protect your cars finish.





Steps

Steps:

1.
Clean the paint with Detailing Clay
2.
Apply a thin line of wax directly to the paint; be sure that you wax your vehicle in the shade. Some products you apply the wax directly to the applicator, refer to the instructions. Buff the wax using circular motion. Wax one panel at a time.
3.
Allow the wax to harden. Remove the wax with a soft micro fiber terry towel; remove wax that may have gotten into cracks or the moldings.


Now go drive it and show it off!!! :D
 

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Wow, I'm glad this thread exists.

Well now I know how to properly wash my Trep. I just wish I didn't have to take it to the shop to get the scratches removed, since they went straight down to the metal.
 

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OMFG. Duds. .... Im speechless. Thank you so much for that post. Exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate it more than you know believe me. Know i know why after waxing last year my car didnt sparkle like I expected it too. Thank you so Much.


Only one question left. Would the polisher/buffer from wallmart work for basic waxing polishing? its around $30 and they sell the same one for $40 at Advanced auto.

and to sum up my other question. SO a clay bar will remove brake dust stain from my cars rear?
 

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OMFG. Duds. .... Im speechless. Thank you so much for that post. Exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate it more than you know believe me. Know i know why after waxing last year my car didnt sparkle like I expected it too. Thank you so Much.
Actually came from another site. But it is how I do it.

Only one question left. Would the polisher/buffer from wallmart work for basic waxing polishing? its around $30 and they sell the same one for $40 at Advanced auto.
I used a cheap Black and Decker for years. Not as good as a Porter Cable but it did the job okay.

and to sum up my other question. SO a clay bar will remove brake dust stain from my cars rear?
Never let it build up so I dont know. I am guessing yes.
 

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yet again comign through. Thanks dud. Much Appreciated. Looks like I got me a long day of paint prep on sunday.
 

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If you want to get semi-serious about buffing, research the Porter Cable PC7424. Not a rotary buffer so it's less likely to do damage, easy to handle, powerful enough to leave a consistent finish and do mild to moderate polishing.
 

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ridiculouly expensive though. I like my 25$ roadking buffer just fine :) for now newayz
 

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Actually came from another site. But it is how I do it.


I used a cheap Black and Decker for years. Not as good as a Porter Cable but it did the job okay.


Never let it build up so I dont know. I am guessing yes.
Great write-up Duds. Maybe I need to slow down on my waxing. I just washed my car over the weekend and This is my fifth time doing it this year!
 

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Duds - very nice post - that deserves a beer. This is one of those posts that needs to be cut, pasted and saved for all future reference - well done sir.
 

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Adams does make some decent products Duds, you should check out what else is available by reading on some of the detailing sites. Did you buy a backing plate for your PC? The white pad that comes with the PC is fine for once of twice but has been known to spin off the glued on plate.
 
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