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Old 08-22-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Waxing question

How do you know if a car should be waxed or not? Taking the my baby(stang) and my girlfriend out Friday night and want her to look good. Detailing guy is coming Friday but I'm I don't know if I want him to wax it or not. Is there a way to tell if it needs to be waxed?
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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If a microfiber towel doesnt glide over it or water doesnt bead up and run right off, it needs wax.
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How do you know if a car should be waxed or not? Taking the my baby(stang) and my girlfriend out Friday night and want her to look good. Detailing guy is coming Friday but I'm I don't know if I want him to wax it or not. Is there a way to tell if it needs to be waxed?
Mcguires says every 8 washes
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If a microfiber towel doesnt glide over it or water doesnt bead up and run right off, it needs wax.
If a microfiber doesn't glide over it, it needs to be clay barred, not waxed.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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Water beading is the clue I use.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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If a microfiber doesn't glide over it, it needs to be clay barred, not waxed.
Confrontational much? I think you meant clay barred, THEN waxed, though, right?
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Confrontational much? I think you meant clay barred, THEN waxed, though, right?
Nothing confrontational about my response. Simply pointing out that if anyone feels their paint grabbing at the fibers of their microfiber when they wipe their car down that waxing the paint won't fix the problem. It simply masks the problem for a short amount of time.

I think everyone that spends time on these forums is here for two reasons. To get info on their mustang or to provide info to others on their mustang. Don't be so defensive when I politely correct you regarding a common misconception about waxing and claybarring.


And if you are that detail oriented what I actually meant to say is - You need to clay bar it first. Then buff your paint, followed by a good 'ol polishing. Then you can wax it.
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If the water doesn't glide right off I hit it again. I use a leaf blower to dry my car and the water comes right off
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Nothing confrontational about my response. Simply pointing out that if anyone feels their paint grabbing at the fibers of their microfiber when they wipe their car down that waxing the paint won't fix the problem. It simply masks the problem for a short amount of time.

I think everyone that spends time on these forums is here for two reasons. To get info on their mustang or to provide info to others on their mustang. Don't be so defensive when I politely correct you regarding a common misconception about waxing and claybarring.

And if you are that detail oriented what I actually meant to say is - You need to clay bar it first. Then buff your paint, followed by a good 'ol polishing. Then you can wax it.
Wow, dude, you’re going way overboard for a simple question. I said if your towel “doesn’t glide” not, “as long as your towel isn’t getting stuck to your car from all of the dirt and grime you’ve neglected to clay bar off it over the years”. I didn’t suggest just slapping a layer of wax over a problem. The OP asked when it needs wax. When the wax starts to thin, the car will be less slick, hence your towel will “glide” less, hence it needs more wax, not necessarily a complete strip down. Please stop attempting to correct my posts, politely or otherwise. It’s really not necessary.
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Wow, dude, you’re going way overboard for a simple question. I said if your towel “doesn’t glide” not, “as long as your towel isn’t getting stuck to your car from all of the dirt and grime you’ve neglected to clay bar off it over the years”. I didn’t suggest just slapping a layer of wax over a problem. The OP asked when it needs wax. When the wax starts to thin, the car will be less slick, hence your towel will “glide” less, hence it needs more wax, not necessarily a complete strip down. Please stop attempting to correct my posts, politely or otherwise. It’s really not necessary.
Calm down sunshine. I never misquoted you. I'm not trying to throw you under the bus. I didn't even call you out or anything of the sort. I wasn't even rude with my response.


The sunshine remark.... maybe that was mean spirited.
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Re: Waxing question

you can tell by how the paint feels and how water beeds up, a leaf blower can really help but it wont fully dry the car sadly its a great way to help keep away water spots though.
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Since we're sharing drying tips:

I've been using The Absorber for the last couple of months and it is amazing. One towel dries the entire.car. No spots or streaks left behind.
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Since we're sharing drying tips:

I've been using The Absorber for the last couple of months and it is amazing. One towel dries the entire.car. No spots or streaks left behind.
But you're leaving scratches and swirl marks...
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But you're leaving scratches and swirl marks...
Probably
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Clay bar and wax.... Soooo worth the time and effort.

Then quick wipedown everyday... And I mean quick... Nice and clean look lasted more than 3 weeks until I decided to wash it again. It honestly didn't even need the wash yet... Lol
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But you're leaving scratches and swirl marks...
So what is recommended instead? I've used Absorbers for a long time.
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So what is recommended instead? I've used Absorbers for a long time.
I've never tried that before... Where can I get one? I use the $15 microfiber rags from Costco... Does the job for me.
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Re: Waxing question

Usually the same places you get the other detailing supplies. I usually get mine at PepBoys, AutoZone, etc.
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Usually the same places you get the other detailing supplies. I usually get mine at PepBoys, AutoZone, etc.
Oh ok. I never noticed them...
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So what is recommended instead? I've used Absorbers for a long time.
Anytime you touch the paint you are leaving scratches. Without paint correction these will compound over time. I only touch my car when absolutely necessary. I use a soaker soap at low pressure followed by high pressure rinse and dry with leaf blower.
Car is only physically washed 2-3 times a year with a new microfiber sponge each time and dried with the leaf blower.
Bugs/tar etc is removed with clay bar and immediately hit with poorboy's polish.
Also wax twice a year with poorboy's natty blue paste wax.
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Anytime you touch the paint you are leaving scratches. Without paint correction these will compound over time. I only touch my car when absolutely necessary. I use a soaker soap at low pressure followed by high pressure rinse and dry with leaf blower.
Car is only physically washed 2-3 times a year with a new microfiber sponge each time and dried with the leaf blower.
Bugs/tar etc is removed with clay bar and immediately hit with poorboy's polish.
Also wax twice a year with poorboy's natty blue paste wax.
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