Cut and buff; now what?
I painted my car early this past summer. Base/clear. A few weeks ago, I finally wet sanded the body and worked all problems. Yesterday I finished polishing with a buffer and all looks fine. I used the 3M PerfectIt 3000 products. I have used the rubbing compound with a wool bonnet. Next, I followed up with the Swirl remover using a gray foam pad.
Now what? I was told at the paint shop where I bought the supplies that using Glaze is only for 'new' paint jobs and not for those like mine that have had time to cure.
I was thinking of using Zaino. I have used it in the past, on my '95Z28. The results have been great, however, I was curious if this would be appropriate on my new paint job.
Or, would a traditional wax be better. If so, what good quality car wax do you guys recommend?
I would recommend a Teflon wax that offers UV ,Acid rain protection the more things it offers like a non stick barrier the better .
Used to be the harder it went on & the harder it came off the better.
But the technology has improved.
I use a Teflon wax called Detroit's best that goes on easy & comes off easy ,but I also use a cleaner wax before to get a thick coat on it.
Paint is porous, twice a year MAX should you wax a painted surface for it needs to breath .
If you maintain this you wont have any problems from elements .
This is what's called preventive cosmetic maintenance.
Put away your buffer & any & all powered devises its hands on!
BY HAND ONLY!!
Use Brand New applicators & the softest newest Towels & or Polishing cloth.
!NOT CHEESE CLOTH!
Just like that movie Wax on Wax off. In a overlapping circular motion.
You will be able to see what & how the wax gets applied .
After applying it look across to see it you missed a spot or 2.
Let it flash/haze /dry... completely..
Applying is only 1/2 of it removal is just as important.
Remove the same way overlapping circular motion but letting your hand slip a little to grab a clean part of the towel every few circles.
In the Application & Removal, Do not bear down on it go lightly & do a test spot before doing a whole section or car.
A soft bristol tooth brush to remove wax from emblems & such.
DO NOT press hard just lightly pass over the area Using the TIPS of the bristols keeping OFF the paint!
Periodically cleaning the wax build up on the brush.
Use High Grade car wash only to prevent striping of the wax & to lift & float dirt particles up & off the paint.
Use Lots of water on the rinse,you don't want to leave soap scum on your paint.
Get a Absorber Synthetic chamois to dry it .
Chose the day well unless you have a climate controlled garage low humidity is key.
By the time your done, you will know you have done it right, if you have muscles that you didn't know you had aching& your arms want to fall off
Paint Care 101
From the Fat Guy
Want something done the easiest way?
Get a fat guy to do it!
"Illegitimis non carborundum"
Don't let the bastards grind you down!
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