Wax-What kind?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Randy and Michelle, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. I have a 2007 CRV (Silver). A friend of mine recommended Eagle Nanowax.
    However, it seems like the most popular waxes are made by Mcguiars. Any

    Randy and Michelle, Oct 25, 2007
  2. Randy and Michelle

    DJ NoMore Guest

    I have used them both. My favorite used to be Zymol, but it is not as
    easy to find locally. I just detailed my car last month only to have
    some non-paying attention fool total it on the way back from the grocery
    store! RIP 2007 Silver Honda Accord EX-L V6 6MT!

    I also have a 1997 Civic, and the last time I used the Meguiars 3 step
    kit on it, the dang thing looked brand new. I need to hit it with the
    three step process again soon, but that is a LOT of wiping and buffing!

    Naturally, if your paint isn't oxidized yet, you probably can get away
    with just waxing it. When it starts to get bad, it is time to use the
    Cleaner/Polish/Wax treatment and prepare to spend all day doing it!
    DJ NoMore, Oct 25, 2007
  3. Randy and Michelle

    Tegger Guest

    You're supposed to do the 3-step thing just once. Thereafter you just
    reapply the 3rd step -- the carnauba wax -- as required.

    It's done wonders for the wife's car, which is red. Red is a terrible color
    for fading.
    Tegger, Oct 25, 2007
  4. Randy and Michelle

    DJ NoMore Guest

    Yeah, but I haven't waxed the poor Civic since 2005. With my wife dying
    in January 2007, the fate of the poor Civic was in limbo, and just last
    week it was titled back to me. It too is red, and the spoiler hardly
    has any paint left on it. It only has 72,000 miles on it, so I am sure
    I can squeeze some more life out of it!

    Now that I have a Sport's Car, the Civic will be my daily driver/grocery
    getter. This is especially the case since my 2007 special order Accord
    was totaled on the return trip home from the grocery store. At least my
    car died in the process of protecting me!
    DJ NoMore, Oct 25, 2007
  5. Randy and Michelle

    Brian Smith Guest

    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss.
    Brian Smith, Oct 26, 2007
  6. Randy and Michelle

    DJ NoMore Guest

    Thanks Brian. 2007 just hasn't been my year.
    DJ NoMore, Oct 26, 2007
  7. Randy and Michelle

    Brian Smith Guest

    Things will improve, it just takes time.
    Brian Smith, Oct 26, 2007
  8. Randy and Michelle

    Matthew Guest

    My condolences on your loss as well.

    Regarding the wax question, I have a '98 Accord EXV6 "Heather Mist Metallic"
    123K miles on it. I have used Meguiars almost exclusively, and in spite of
    it the parts of the roof, trunk, and now hood have faded to primer. I have
    used the Paint restorer 2-3 time in the life of the car and the cleaner/wax
    one a year otherwise regular wax. I'm wondering if the wax products
    contributed to this problem, however I doubt it as the sides of the car are
    pristine. Reminds me of the old silver card the GM used to make. I just did
    not expect that from Honda.

    I still use the Meguiars on my 2005 Lexus and it still looks showroom new.

    Matthew, Oct 28, 2007
  9. Randy and Michelle

    unkadunk Guest

    I sounds suspiciously like Mr. Sun has done his thing on your paint since
    the sides are fine. Does the car sit outside most of the time? (in the
    unkadunk, Oct 29, 2007
  10. Randy and Michelle

    Matthew Guest

    The car was garaged for the first 3 years of its life, then delegated to the
    driveway for the last 6 years. I certainly could be the sun. I just thought
    with diligent care, "modern" paint on cars should not fade like a '76 Silver
    I had a 1998 Accord LX in Graphite Gray that spent a fair amount of time
    garaged, but plenty of time outdoors as well. Sold it when I got the 1998.
    It had a mere 121k miles on it and the paint looked as new as the day I
    bought it. The was "pre Meguiars" I used Gliptone products on that one.
    Matthew, Oct 30, 2007
  11. Randy and Michelle

    unkadunk Guest

    Certainly could be the paint itself, a bad batch, or that particular
    color paint and Meguiars, or both and the sun. That color might have come
    from a different vendor. Heck even the clearcoat on top might have been
    defective. Who knows. You did your best. I've been using Nu Finish for
    almost forever on my cars after reading how well it did in a CR test way
    way back. And it lasts far longer than the pastes I had been using
    (Classic etc.). But whether it's actually better? ???

    Since you had to polish the paint out during that time obviously it was
    deteriorating regardless of your efforts, and the wax wasn't helping. (or
    it was some and kept it from being far worse) I haven't polished a car
    since, oh, the 70's, and most of our cars we keep 8 to 10 years. Though
    I still have the little tin of polishing compound in the garage, I'm sure
    it's totally dried out now.

    I'd bet it was that specific color of paint on that model year, and for
    whatever reason, it was more susceptible to oxidizing regardless of any
    protection. You might try doing a test with Meguiars on one half of the
    trunk or hood, another brand on the other half for a few months. See
    which one beads the longest,etc. It's super for show and tell, but out
    in the real world where you want hard coat against the elements and
    longevity, maybe not?
    unkadunk, Oct 30, 2007
  12. Randy and Michelle

    ACAR Guest

    The trick is to use products that won't harm the existing clear coat.
    Clay-bar stains away but steer clear of "cleaner" waxes. There are
    some expensive products out there that contain abrasives so be

    Several layers of wax are really needed to do a complete job. I put 4
    layers of Nu Finish onto my mother's Acura TL and the rain literally
    rolls off the car at moderate speeds. I used Collinite Fleetwax on my
    Corvette, 3 layers, with similar results. IMHO, there are lots of
    decent products on the market but none will last anywhere near as long
    as advertised. Get used to washing/waxing if your car's appearance is
    important to you. Nu Finish's huge advantage is being able to apply it
    in full sun. Unless you have a show car, that's the stuff I recommend
    (just don't believe it's a once/year deal) because it's easy and fast
    to use, pretty cheap and readily available. (Collinite is a superior
    product but it's hard to find and not as easy to use.)

    Mcguiars interior preserative goes a good job inside the car and will
    remove wax white streaks from black exterior plastic. This stuff will
    also keep door seals from freezing to the door frame.

    Happy buffing.
    ACAR, Nov 1, 2007
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