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How to know when wax has faded

Discussion in 'Car Care and Detailing' started by Jimbobcook, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Jimbobcook

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    Evening all,

    Not sure if this is a silly question but how do you know when your current wax has lost enough to make it useless..?

    I'm looking to fully clean my from scratch but not sure how long wax lasts and how to remove it once you're ready to do another full clean.

    Would a clay bar remove all wax from paintwork or is there some lovely stuff I can spray on to get rid?

    I have some touch up paint on the body work so strong solvents may not be ideal.

    My current plan is

    Soak
    Auto Finesse avalanche snow foam
    Rinse
    Autoglym shampoo and conditioner
    Clay bar and AG detailer
    Auto Finesse triple b polish
    Auto Finesse ultra glaze
    Meguires liquid wax
    Poor boys wheel sealant

    Any help would be great

    Cheers
     
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    Poorboys for wheels. Give em some love too
     
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    Amended lol I have that. Good shout.
     
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    A clay will remove some wax but I can't honestly say it will remove it all though. It's designed to lift any contaminats from the paints surface (Inc wax)

    Depends on the grade of clay bar and the time and effort you put in.

    There's an ongoing debate about how effective it is for removing old wax.

    Some recommend a citrus wash too. E.g

    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/chemical-guys-citrus-wash-gloss



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    Cheers for the heads up

    The reviews on that citrus wash seem pretty good with a few people using it to remove wax, that and clay bar must get rid I'd hope lol

    The clay bar I'm using is the AG stater pack thing. As you can see I'm a little new to detailing as I've never really had a car worth keeping in good nick lol

    Cherrs
     
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    I haven't used that particular product, but as it's a rubbing compound and abrasive yes it would also remove wax on those areas.

    I'm envious that you have the time to do this kind of a job yourself :)

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    Happy days, I forgot this stuff I have my list so maybe I'm all good...

    I have the other half away for the weekend so I have all day Sunday planned in for some one on one action lol

    Thanks for your help

    Cheers
     
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    Between the clay and triple, I can't see there being any old wax left.
     
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    Replace your shampoo with washing up liquid and it will definitely get rid of any wax. It won't hurt for a one-off.
     
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    @Imperial thanks for your response.

    I forgot I had Meguires Ulitmate compound to use as well which is a micro abrasive so I think I'm covered with that and the clay bar.

    Washed it yesterday and it took about 6 hours and about 4 pints of sweat lol but she's all shiny now.

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    Cheers
     
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    That’s dedication for you!!

    I spent 3.5 hours on my wheels alone on Saturday. Wash, Polish and Sealant x2 coats. Didn’t have time for bodywork. That’ll have to wait till I get back from my Holidays..
     
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    Haha

    I only had time for 1 coat of the poor boys sealant and it works a treat, may do another few coats tonight. Cycled to work to preserve the cleanness lol
     
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    The best paint cleaner I have used is Bilt Hamber Cleanser Fluid, this will also result in any lsp lasting a lot longer due to bonding with the paint better. Cleanser Polish on the other hand may be used on cars that have swirls as the fillers will mask them. However, if you want to use a water-based cleaner/degreaser try Bilt hamber Surfex. It can also can be used for a number of other duties including domestic. As for wheels, I found Poorboys to have a very, very short lifespan. I've used Gtechniq C5 in the past but for sheer ease of use I have to say that Race glaze Nano Wheel Sealant is an outstanding product.
     
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