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Waxing?

I have just waxed my ride and found that the wax residue (powder or dust) clings to the body. Then I have to use my California duster to remove it. I imagine there is a lot of static electricity that is created by the rubbing and so the question....."What do you guys use for waxing which is easy to remove and doesn't leave evidence on the body"? There are a lot of brands and waxes that are on the market and is one better than the other? It is a 2 stage paint job that has had its first wax in more than a year. Any tips and pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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Any of the top brands like Meguire's or Mother's but in very light quantities well rubbed in then removed with a terrycloth towel. I have been using a paste carnuba wax but last (last week) time just Meguire's liquid - no residue to speak of after wiping it off. I do not particularly care for micro fiber rags for this as the nap is too short and wont absorb residue. Then my hands are usually rough enough that they 'stick' to them
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I don't wax base coat clear coat....
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I use Lucas fast wax as it has no residue and goes on fast..great stuff if you are doing a show and need a touch up as well as for ordinary use..

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And the question arises...."Do you need to or is it advisable to wax "base coat clear coat"? I prefer not to wax, but for the last 50 odd years I've always waxed something because it would give that extra protection (even my hardwood floors which had Varathane applied to them).
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And the question arises...."Do you need to or is it advisable to wax "base coat clear coat"? I prefer not to wax, but for the last 50 odd years I've always waxed something because it would give that extra protection (even my hardwood floors which had Varathane applied to them).

Even Ford back in the late '50s said you didn't have to wax a car. How wrong they were. How else would you remove that airborne crud that sticks to anything and turns the paint dull. Just look at the windows in your home if you need a confirmation that crud exists. Also, wax provides a level of protection from bird dropping as well as bugs and will help you clean those splatters off. It is a to each his own decision though.
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Any of the top brands like Meguire's or Mother's but in very light quantities well rubbed in then removed with a terrycloth towel. I have been using a paste carnuba wax but last (last week) time just Meguire's liquid - no residue to speak of after wiping it off. I do not particularly care for micro fiber rags for this as the nap is too short and wont absorb residue. Then my hands are usually rough enough that they 'stick' to them
LOL,thats what I HATE about those micro fiber towels ,They sick to my fingers like Velcro....I like the spray waxs but I wet the towel down and apply then wipe it with another.
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Even Ford back in the late '50s said you didn't have to wax a car. How wrong they were. How else would you remove that airborne crud that sticks to anything and turns the paint dull. Just look at the windows in your home if you need a confirmation that crud exists. Also, wax provides a level of protection from bird dropping as well as bugs and will help you clean those splatters off. It is a to each his own decision though.
I gotta agree its like cooking with Teflon pans,if the crap don't stick its much easier to clean ,,,I even started using that rain X in my washer fluid and what a difference it makes, the glass is always nice and clean.
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I like the Chemical Guys deep reflections for well cured paint jobs. It is easy to apply with a Da polisher and wipes off easily. I can do a whole car in about 15 minutes.

Chemical Guys GAP_321_16 - Deep Reflections XP - One Step Finish Formula (16 oz)

If you have a paint job less than a year old, I have had great results from the pure polish applied with a DA and a blue hexlogic.

Chemical Guys GAP_161_16 - Final Polish Mirco-Polish Pure Polish Paintwork Cleaner (16 oz)

Both are easily applied and removed and give great results.

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I like the Chemical Guys deep reflections for well cured paint jobs. It is easy to apply with a Da polisher and wipes off easily. I can do a whole car in about 15 minutes.

Chemical Guys GAP_321_16 - Deep Reflections XP - One Step Finish Formula (16 oz)

If you have a paint job less than a year old, I have had great results from the pure polish applied with a DA and a blue hexlogic.

Chemical Guys GAP_161_16 - Final Polish Mirco-Polish Pure Polish Paintwork Cleaner (16 oz)

Both are easily applied and removed and give great results.

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I need to look locally - shipping costs would 'kill' my order. I want to clay bar my truck one of these days - but have to work up to that one as it's an 8 foot bed crew cab F250 4x4 and wouldn't mind trying a new product.

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I need to look locally - shipping costs would 'kill' my order. I want to clay bar my truck one of these days - but have to work up to that one as it's an 8 foot bed crew cab F250 4x4 and wouldn't mind trying a new product.

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I completely understand. Sometimes I forget to think about the shipping costs, because at the shop I usually order a couple hundred dollars worth of stuff and the $10 shipping doesn't really get noticed .

Meguiar's #6 used to be a good product, but I haven't used anything meguiars makes in several years, so I can't speak for them now. If you ever find the need to purchase enough to justify the shipping, the chemical guys stuff is top notch. I don't usually brag or recommend too many products, but SPI and Chemical guys have really made life easier around here, and they are both very reasonably priced.

**Just in case anyone is wondering, I am not affiliated with either company, just very impressed with their product quality, price, and customer service, so I sing their praise and recommend them to everyone.**

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**Just in case anyone is wondering, I am not affiliated with either company, just very impressed with their product quality, price, and customer service, so I sing their praise and recommend them to everyone.**

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I've used SPI so am well aware of that quality and as far as associated with them, well we all have our likes. I just wish Barry had offered more colors when I painted my car a few years ago. Some of his latest are nice though. I prefer most Meguires pro line numbered products for day to day use, but really don't care much for Mother's, finding it OK for a daily driver, but not great for a custom paint job.

I've been tempted by some of the car finish care products I see at shows, but always end up at the Meguire's booth as I know their products. I do like Presta buffing compounds better then the similar Meguire's though as I feel it's more consistent.**

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I went from mcguires to presta also but chem guys blew them away and the pads are awesome too.I haven't tried any of the chem guys waxes but certainly will be getting some with my next order...I'd have to say get the chem guys pads with the wax and call them before hand they are very helpful ...before the wax I have very good results hand rubbing with the V-38 polish..
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I have found the new synthetic waxes leave no powdery residue at all. It goes on just like regular wax and comes off a lot easier than the old carnuba stuff. I use Meguiers new synthetic on my new truck and my wifes car and once I paint my hot rod, I will use it that as well.
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For a readily available wax; Meguiars liquid NXT Tech wax is very good. It holds up well, you can apply it indoors or out, even on a black car...no issues. I used to use Meguiars Quick Detailer as a touch up (out doors only; Ive heard horror stories of 'silicone contamination'; some I believe some I dont, but Im not taking any chances). I also use the QD as a lubricant for the clay bar.

Works fine on my moms daily driver and it doesn't break the bank. The local high end detailer guy went from some really obscure wax at 100 bucks a jar; to Chem Guys compounds and pads, so that was enough of an endorsement for me. I only do 1 car every few weeks; but his response was it cut his labor almost in half, so I was on board. I still have enough Presta and Lake Country products to last years though LOL.

I honestly think most of these products are all great (the older meguiars "numbered" line, Presta, Chem Guys etc etc) I think that some are more finicky/labor intensive than others. I really disliked Meguiars gold class paste wax and their buffing compunds...they seemed very labor intensive, but its what I grew up with. Presta compunds, Lake Country pads and a quality liquid wax was a much more enjoyable experience for me. Most of the grey beards just tell me Im lazy LOL

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