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Old July 15th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Everybody loves a good wax finish, but dude, I got a wife, two kids, a job, two OTHER cars, and a house to take care of, and I can't spend 3 hours to wax my Mustang all the time. I want to take care of it, keep it looking as good as possible, and protect the paint. Does anyone out here know of or use a wax or wax alternative that is a sort of apply and leave type product? Some that doesn't take application, drying, buffing, and polishing? Something that I can just apply and let dry, or something like that? I'm not saying she'll never see a good wax again, I'm just looking for something I can throw on every other week or so in between the two times a year I get to wax it.
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You only need a good detail job once, maybe twice a year. A detail spray wax could def help keep it looking good. You can usually get a detail job done for around $100 buck as well.
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You only need a good detail job once, maybe twice a year. A detail spray wax could def help keep it looking good. You can usually get a detail job done for around $100 buck as well.
Thanks. Detail spray wax, I'll look into that. And I don't mind doing the work myself, I just only do it about two times a year. Once in the spring right when I pull it out of hibernation, and then one in late summer. I think between those two, and not driving it in the winter, helps keep it pretty good.
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Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax is a very good spray wax thats quick and easy. I use it on my truck i dont wana waste time paste waxing
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Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax is a very good spray wax thats quick and easy. I use it on my truck i dont wana waste time paste waxing
Thanks, I love Meguiars stuff, I'll try that. This will also be nice for the minivan, it's an 07, and the paint is still in great shape, but I NEVER want to wax that sucker.
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A detail spray sounds like a good fit for you. Just spray on and wipe off. I do mine everytime I wash the car (right after I dry it). I'm a big fan of Wizards. Turtle Wax has a product I believe it's called ICE. It's not bad either.

You can get the Wizards stuff at any NAPA store.
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A detail spray sounds like a good fit for you. Just spray on and wipe off. I do mine everytime I wash the car (right after I dry it). I'm a big fan of Wizards. Turtle Wax has a product I believe it's called ICE. It's not bad either.

You can get the Wizards stuff at any NAPA store.
Yeah, I saw the Turtle Wax ICE one. The ICE product line seems pretty good. I used the ICE paste was a week ago on my car, and it was great.
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Optimum Poli-Seal. Fantastic!
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Feb/March - good ol' fashioned Turtle Wax , or get a detail job. (3 hrs)

Once a Month: Wash, Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Wax (spray on, can do a car in < 10 mins) and rotate that with Turtle Wax ICE Detailer, Turtle Wax ICE Interior detailer on the black rubber and plastic outside. (2 hours). You have to re-spray wax your car everytime you wash it with ICE but it only takes 10 minutes to reapply... I did mine this morning. < 2 hours, interior, exterior, ICE synth wax, black trim

September: Turtle Wax F21 Polish. (1 hour ~ 1.5 hours)

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I just tried the ICE Synthetic wax yesterday on our minivan. It's a dark color, so it was a good test. I think perhaps the microfiber cloths I used weren't the right rag to use or something, because the ICE stuff didn't seem to come off or rub in very well. I would exactly call it streaking, but it seemed that after even one or two panels, the rag was too wet to really polish it. They just seemed to leave a lot of the product on and I had to really rub with a good dry rag to get it to come off. Not even sure what was left on there, or if it did any good. Seemed like I was just spraying water on kind of. So I'm not sure if I like that stuff yet.

What is the difference between the ICE synthetic wax and the detailer? I like these spray on waxes, I just have to find one that goes on good.
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None of the products listed above except optimum poil-seal are good products. They are all OTC and will not produce good results or provide enough protection. If you want lasting protection with great results go for a good sealant like blackfire wet diamond or optimum poly-seal. Yet remember before applying any wax or sealant the surface must be clean and if you have never clayed your vehicle it time to learn and get it done before applying any wax or sealant.
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Get a porter cable or any dual action polisher...wont take 3 hours....things like ICE polish or detail sprays are for in between waxings....they don't replace that step..you could use the PC and wax it once a month or wax AND seal less frequently
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Lol, OTC? What does that mean? Am I supposed to get prescription car products? And thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not about to clay bar my car every other week either. That's going along with the twice a year wax. I don't think some of you get the drift. I'm not waxing even once a month. I'll rinse it off and do a detailer or "spray wax" every other week or so, and wipe the car down, but I ain't giving it the clay bar that often.
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Lol, OTC? What does that mean? Am I supposed to get prescription car products? And thanks for the suggestions, but I'm not about to clay bar my car every other week either. That's going along with the twice a year wax. I don't think some of you get the drift. I'm not waxing even once a month. I'll rinse it off and do a detailer or "spray wax" every other week or so, and wipe the car down, but I ain't giving it the clay bar that often.
You dont clay every time you wax its only 2-3 times a year man if necessary, just letting you know, OTC (Over the Counter). It looks to me like I have a link that will help you and yet its with quality products thats provide great protection and that are fast and easy to apply. And sealants last way more than a month most up to 3-4 depending on location and conditions that is why I suggested them to you instead of wax. If you dont need the washing media/products you can just get the spray wax its $14.99 the entire kit is $89.99 not much if your looking to protect you car, and you will significantly reduce swirls and scratches with proper washing media and techniques .

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You dont clay every time you wax its only 2-3 times a year man if necessary, just letting you know, OTC (Over the Counter). It looks to me like I have a link that will help you and yet its with quality products thats provide great protection and that are fast and easy to apply. And sealants last way more than a month most up to 3-4 depending on location and conditions that is why I suggested them to you instead of wax. If you dont need the washing media/products you can just get the spray wax its $14.99 the entire kit is $89.99 not much if your looking to protect you car, and you will significantly reduce swirls and scratches with proper washing media and techniques .

Wash and Wax in 60 minutes featuring Optimum No Rinse Detailed Image
Ah, gotcha. Sorry, wasn't trying to be mean, just thought OTC was funny. I'll definitely look into the optimum poli-seal, it sound like good stuff. Thanks for all the tips, I think I've got more than enough good info to keep her looking in tip top shape without spending a ton of time.
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Ah, gotcha. Sorry, wasn't trying to be mean, just thought OTC was funny. I'll definitely look into the optimum poli-seal, it sound like good stuff. Thanks for all the tips, I think I've got more than enough good info to keep her looking in tip top shape without spending a ton of time.
Its cool man no worries, also poil-seal is a great product, let me know what route you go
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Its cool man no worries, also poil-seal is a great product, let me know what route you go
Will do. I've already tried the Turtle Wax Ice synthetic wax, wasn't too impressed, so I'm going to try the poli-seal. I'm going to try a few of the Optimum products. They all look pretty good.
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I meant opti-seal not poli-seal opti-seal is easier to apply man but both provide great protection so what ever way you go you should pleased with the results and protection.
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I use the Meguiar's quick wax. I, like you, only wax ~twice a year. As long as you hand wash it and dry it, then use the quick wax, it will look good for a couple months.
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