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Old 06-20-2012, 07:58 PM
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I need your advice on the whole wash, wax, detail thing. Please bear with me! I have had my truck for 5 weeks now. My dealer is awesome and washed, waxed and detailed it the day I picked it up. Somebody told me that with a fresh wax job, all you have to do is maintain it until the next time you wax.(I have heard between 4 and 6 months) Since then, I have washed it only twice (after it rained and I drove it and got stuff slung up the sides etc.) But other than that, every day I get home from work, I use a spray-on detailer to get light dust and road residue off. It does not take much effort at all and it keeps the truck looking, in my opinion, pretty damn nice. Water beading is awesome, and any spots from the road wipe off effortlessly. I guess my questions are: 1) how long can I do this before my need to get it waxed again. And 2) I have read a few guys knocking this practice, but my truck stays amazingly shiny and everyone is impressed with it but am I doing the right thing? Thanks for hanging in there with me, and for any advice you guys might have.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:37 PM
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There are a lot of variables in the questions that you are asking. First I would NEVER let a dealer touch my truck as far as washing and waxing. They are usually a bunch of hacks that will do more harm to your trucks finish then they will do it any good. I would guess that with the wax they used it will probably last about 6-8 weeks before you will need to rewax. It really all depends on many things like, do you park outside or inside, is the sun beating down on your truck all day what type of car wash do you use etc etc. After about 8 weeks I would wash your truck with some Dawn soap(it will take the old wax and grease off). Then you should clay bar your truck. Then you should use a good polish on your truck, then top the polish with either a sealant(Wolfgang 3.0) and then if you like, top it off with a good wax(Collinite845). Sealant will last about 6 months however most all waxes only last about 6-8 weeks. This is a really quick outline. There are numerous kinds of products and everyone has their favorite that they swear is the best in the whole wide world. If you like here are a couple of web sites that you might want to look at. One is a professional detailer site and you can learn a lot from these guys and they talk about what products they use and how to use them and then they show the results. The also talk about the equiptment they use.
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Pull Ya- thanks for the reply and web sites advice. I'll check those out tonight.
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Do what Jay/Pull Ya tells you to do, it's good advice.

A quick point to make, the more you wash a vehicle, the quicker the wax will fail. Applying a quality sealant and wax [I use both the Wolfgang and Collinite products Jay listed] will be a great start. If you use detail sprays and waterless or rinseless washes, they do help with beading, but they will not necessary make your wax last 4-6 months.
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id say you do whatever you feel comfortable with. the more you look, the more opinions you will find about what to do and what to avoid, but in the end, it is your comfort level and your rig. Pull Ya and Leadfootluke have given some great advice.

ill also throw out one caution on the QD...you might be instilling some swirls in the paint from the dust on the truck with the QD. depending on the colour of your truck, you may not notice the fine scratches/swirls as easy as on black, but if your looking for them, and under the correct lighting, you will see them.

I know time is valuable to all of us, but a good wash would be better than the frequency of your QD applications IMO.
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I'm not expert but i detail mine and other people's cars and trucks as a hobby, I personally clay and polish 2-3 times a year, liquid or paste 4-6 times, spray wax with every single car wash and use detailer spray constantly.

As far as how long you get away with using detailer or spray wax rather then a liquid or paste, I have heard and pretty much go by the feel of my paint, if it continues to be smooth to the touch you are good and as long as your spray detailer comes off easily with a microfiber towel. Once I start to notice it taking more effort to wipe off I know it's time to go to a regular wax again.

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I wax mine 3 time a year and hand wash it once a week. I do a 4 stage wax on it. I do a spray wax once a month
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I'm not expert but i detail mine and other people's cars and trucks as a hobby, I personally clay and polish 2-3 times a year, liquid or paste 4-6 times, spray wax with every single car wash and use detailer spray constantly.

As far as how long you get away with using detailer or spray wax rather then a liquid or paste, I have heard and pretty much go by the feel of my paint, if it continues to be smooth to the touch you are good and as long as your spray detailer comes off easily with a microfiber towel. Once I start to notice it taking more effort to wipe off I know it's time to go to a regular wax again.

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I used to use wax but on my daily driver I prefer a paint sealant. Local paint stores have one called wizards that works well for 5 to 6 months and clay bar before re applying the next time. U use mothers or meguirs wax on ny garage car and sometimes a product called butter wax awesome shine but will only lays 2 months. More of a show car wax in my opinion.
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