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Old 09-22-2009, 05:51 PM
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I'm new to south florida and have seen the horrors of UV damage now. We didn't get that kind of paint damage in Michigan.

I am looking for some expert Dodge Ram advice on a good brand of UV protectant wax and recomendation for how long it lasts.

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Here's what I used when I lived in FL, and still here in Texas.

NuFinish. It comes in an orange bottle, with black lettering.

It's a once a year polish, but I do it differently:

Claybar the truck, get all the old wax and crud off.

4-6 coats of the NuFinish (wipe on, let sit for a few minutes, wipe off)

Then one coat a month. It's easy to apply, and with it being designed for once a year, it will protect your paint amazingly. It also keeps the vehicle looking brand new.

Also, if you want to make it shine really nice, over the NuFinish, do a layer of the Ice liquid, it'll look like it's sitting on the showroom floor.
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Wash it then clay it . I like Meguairs 3 step system . Once a year is enough . But the more you put into it , the better it looks .
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The Meguair's 3 step IS great....I just don't like spending that much money unless it's a show vehicle.
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Zymol can get it at some Auto Zones. a collison shop had it to remove swirl marks and it waxes.
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Zymol can get it at some Auto Zones. a collison shop had it to remove swirl marks and it waxes.
Good to know .
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Zymol can get it at some Auto Zones. a collison shop had it to remove swirl marks and it waxes.
I don't think it would remove any swirl marks, only cover them up. The only way I know of to remove swirls is using a buffer. Swirls are a bunch of tiny scratches in the clearcoat, so a topical product won't have the cutting ability to flatten out the swirl marks. When you buff, you actually take off a small amount of clearcoat which evens everything out, thus removing the swirls. This is why you don't want to buff too often because the process removes a small amount of clearcoat every time you do it.

Here's a 50/50 shot after buffing. This could not be achieved by hand application.

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Watch out how many layers you apply. Having experience with detailing shows that a layer of wax finds itself into the clear-coat and brings out some pigments from the paint to fill it in and make it shine like new. Every consecutive layer of wax can pull that paint away from the surface further and can actually remove the paint itself. Clean all the contaminates off, and apply a layer of wax. Keep the vehicle clean (its easier when its waxed anyways) spray detailer when you want it to shine after a wash. When it starts to come off (you can see it and feel it), just reapply the wax. Not overwaxing, but keeping the clearcoat protected is what you're aiming for.
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Ice liquid wax. Every other month...easy on, easy off. Smells good (says don't eat, as it can kill you )

And...the best part is...its synthetic. So, if you accidentally get it on plastic...instead of acting like normal wax and turning white, or leaving white residue in the cracks...it acts as armorall, and doesn't leave any residue anywhere.

Its got my vote Even though it is exspensive...but, it lasts awhile.
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