Originally Posted by snrusnak
I gotta ask, what is the best thing to use to protect the paint? I just did my truck with nu finish soft paste, I usually use turtle wax just because but this says it protects 5 times better than wax, but who knows.... I only wax my truck about once a year. Maybe twice, looking for the best protection....
The best protection doesn't come from a wax or sealant, but from your maintenance habits. You can have a wax or sealant on the paint, but washing your car improperly will remove that wax, induce scratches and swirls, and leave your finish open to the elements.
The short of it
- Use a good wax. Turtle wax is one of the the
worse waxes you can put on your paint in terms of durability and protection. Search Autopia.org for detailer's opinions on products. Personally, I have a few waxes and sealants that are more for looks, but Collinite waxes, assuming prep is proper and you aren't one of the few exceptions, will be the best protection.
- Wash with a car wash, not dish soap. Car wash has more lubrication, and will not strip the wax.
- If your car sits under trees with sap, or gets dirty frequently, or is exposed to the sun a lot, try to wash the contaminant off more often and keep and wax/sealant on the finish.