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Old 06-17-2010, 04:51 PM
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Hey gang how often would you recommend waxing your trucks?
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I do mine about twice a year.
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ok so once a month is probably a little over kill eh,
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I do a good wax a couple times a year, like txhemi said, and keep it up with a little detail spray in between. Wax it too often, at least so I've been told, it leaves too much buildup (only reason I really disagree with that is if you wash it right, that shouldn't be a problem).

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Once a month is overkill, but it does show great PRIDE and DEVOTION! At the very most I would say once every quarter, but that's what I would do if I had black!
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Probably twice a year for me.
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Fourteen months and just did second wax. Not happy about it though. I think she needed it more often. Big girls need love too!
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It depends what kind of wax you're using...

Carnauba waxes provide the best protection and deepest shine, but they only last about 6-8 weeks. Carnauba waxes are "real" wax that comes from palm trees in Brazil.

Synthetic polymers, or "paint sealants" last a lot longer (usually around 6 months), but the protection lacks a bit, and you get a glassy shine instead of a wet-looking gloss. Synthetic polymers are not actual wax. They're chemically formulated to form a chemical bond with your paint that will hold up against all kinds of abuse, so the bond lasts a lot longer. The only thing that holds a carnauba wax to your vehicle is the stickiness of the wax, so carnaubas are a lot more likely to wear off prematurely due to weather or other conditions.

Some companies claim to have products that blend carnauba waxes with synthetic polymers, but I have never tried one. A lot of people in the detail industry steer away from these products - though I'm not sure why.

I've heard of people "stacking" carnauba waxes on top of synthetic sealants, but you have to be REAL careful about this. Most waxes these days - whether carnauba based or synthetic - have solvents mixed in so that you don't have to do as much prep work. These solvents are great for removing dirt and gunk that you don't want trapped under your wax, but they also remove existing coats of wax (or polymers). So if you're going to stack, make sure you find a wax that is solvent-free.

I try to wax about every 8 weeks with a carnauba-based wax with a solvent so that I don't get any wax residue build up. Every 8 weeks seems like alot, but the more you stay on top of it, the easier it is to do each time. If you can't get around to waxing that often, 2-3 times a year with a synthetic sealant (like meguiar's nxt generation tech wax) is definitely still a good way to go.
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It depends what kind of wax you're using...

Carnauba waxes provide the best protection and deepest shine, but they only last about 6-8 weeks. Carnauba waxes are "real" wax that comes from palm trees in Brazil.

Synthetic polymers, or "paint sealants" last a lot longer (usually around 6 months), but the protection lacks a bit, and you get a glassy shine instead of a wet-looking gloss. Synthetic polymers are not actual wax. They're chemically formulated to form a chemical bond with your paint that will hold up against all kinds of abuse, so the bond lasts a lot longer. The only thing that holds a carnauba wax to your vehicle is the stickiness of the wax, so carnaubas are a lot more likely to wear off prematurely due to weather or other conditions.

Some companies claim to have products that blend carnauba waxes with synthetic polymers, but I have never tried one. A lot of people in the detail industry steer away from these products - though I'm not sure why.

I've heard of people "stacking" carnauba waxes on top of synthetic sealants, but you have to be REAL careful about this. Most waxes these days - whether carnauba based or synthetic - have solvents mixed in so that you don't have to do as much prep work. These solvents are great for removing dirt and gunk that you don't want trapped under your wax, but they also remove existing coats of wax (or polymers). So if you're going to stack, make sure you find a wax that is solvent-free.

I try to wax about every 8 weeks with a carnauba-based wax with a solvent so that I don't get any wax residue build up. Every 8 weeks seems like alot, but the more you stay on top of it, the easier it is to do each time. If you can't get around to waxing that often, 2-3 times a year with a synthetic sealant (like meguiar's nxt generation tech wax) is definitely still a good way to go.
Are you in the detailing business ? That was a great posting with very useful information. WTG My RAM is new (and black) so I have been using the quick detail from Meguiars. Any advice on this approach, don't want to ruin anything ?
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after I've run through 2 or 3 rain storms, then wax on wax off

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