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  • What is the Best Car Wax?

    Spring is almost here in New Jersey (don't laugh) and that is when men's thoughts turn to polishing their cars. So there are about a bazillion products out there to do this and new ones being pitched every year. Is there really anything new here or is 1920's Simoniz still where it's at?

  • #2
    Well Leo, welcome to the forum. I use Nu Finish and Nu Finish scratch remover. I also use Turtle Wax ICE. I love the ICE because it doesn't turn black rubber white. I have something new by Turtle Wax called ICE Speed Compound that I will try out on Sarah later. It is a liquid compound that supposedly removes scratches, swirls, paint transfers, oxidation, etc etc. We'll see!!!
    "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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    • #3
      You're right there are those that will swear by one brand or the other but in the end I doubt there is much difference. Best advice I can give is let your own experience be your guide. You already know about one or two i'm sure so try something new and compare. You're not going to do any harm (some will disagree with that too) so have fun and take pride in the finished job.
      Last edited by Mickey; 02-15-2018, 08:45 AM.

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      • #4
        What brand toilet paper do you like the best? It's in the eye of the beholder.

        Here is what I use, if you really want to do the job correctly. Don't worry about the price, VFF members get a 5% discount
        http://www.zymol.com/royale.aspx
        4~ Tudor's
        1~ Coupe

        Henry Ford said,
        "It's all nuts and bolts"


        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • Dennis
          Dennis commented
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          What a bargain!! 5%off $9,435.00 a bottle...

        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          You are the first one to pick up on it since Feb. lol.. It's best to buy it by the case

      • #5
        Originally posted by Mitch View Post
        What brand toilet paper do you like the best? It's in the eye of the beholder.

        Here is what I use, if you really want to do the job correctly.
        http://www.zymol.com/royale.aspx
        Ever since the song came out "Please don't squeeze my Charmin", I use Charmin........
        "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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        • #6
          Putting wax/polish on is one thing, taking it off is another!!!!! I use damp pad putting it on, clean dry baby cloth diapers to take it off.
          "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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          • KenCoupe
            KenCoupe commented
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            I have found the cloth baby diapers to be the best thing for washing/cleaning the car. They are very absorbent and soft. Been using them for years.

        • #7
          Originally posted by Apple Green Wheels Rule View Post
          Well Leo, welcome to the forum. I use Nu Finish and Nu Finish scratch remover. I also use Turtle Wax ICE. I love the ICE because it doesn't turn black rubber white. I have something new by Turtle Wax called ICE Speed Compound that I will try out on Sarah later. It is a liquid compound that supposedly removes scratches, swirls, paint transfers, oxidation, etc etc. We'll see!!!
          I too use Nu Finish and love it. I think i use meguiers quick detail wax in between. They make one (or someone does) specifically for black vehicles giving it a deeper shine and it is slightly noticeable the diference.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by BRENT in 10-uh-C
            The one thing I missed in all of this is, ....what are we 'waxing'?

            I first saw the term wax -then I saw the term polish used. The thing we must know is what type of paint are we trying to rejuvenate?? Wax really does not do much good on 2k urethane paints. For those, polishes do better. On Lacquer paints, many types of wax had oils that offset the 'drying out' of paint, so these waxes were applied to seal off the paint from the oils evaporating.
            Brent can you further explain about 2 stage paint, and why wax is not a protector. I thought that polishes were for correcting flaws and have abrasives in them, a prelude to wax.
            ( not a protector)
            4~ Tudor's
            1~ Coupe

            Henry Ford said,
            "It's all nuts and bolts"


            Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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            • #9
              Oh, funny this subject should come up now. Last Thursday at the regular cruise night I won a bottle of wax donated by the folks at West Coast Customs, yea, the one seen on TV. Well, I asked the guy what it was made for and told him I had something like a 40+ year old paint job.

              His response was, "it won't work well on my paint" so, it does matter what you are applying it on. My paint is whatever was used some 40 years ago in what I believe to be a Michigan Earl Scheib. So, what do I use? Nothing because today's cleaners and waxes aren't made to be used on that older multi step paints.
              You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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              • BILL WILLIAMSON
                BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                Wiz,
                Chief always sed, "WE'RE ALL CHILDREN, IN OLD SKINS"---My Dog is LAFFIN' & "sed", "I TOTALLY AGREE"!!---LOL
                IF some of you DON'T have a DOG, you don't know what you're MISSING!! I could write STORIES & STORIES, about Buster T.
                Dad & Dorg

            • #10
              FWIW: I have no idea what paint would have been provided on a late 1940's Studebaker Coupe; however, I remember a local guy with the shiniest car around in the early 1950's ...... shinier than any new car on a car dealer's Show Room floor.

              He used to come to our store back then in the early 50's to buy what he referred to as his "Secret Car Wax".

              It was Neutral KIWI Boot Polish.

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              • Jeff/Illinois
                Jeff/Illinois commented
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                As Sgt. Broadhead used to scream in boot camp 'Get some Kiwi on that Gator Bait'!!

              • canadian
                canadian commented
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                yes and finish off with a quick spray of Pledge furniture polish.

              • Chevmn56
                Chevmn56 commented
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                Seriosly!!!!!!!! I have never heard of that......

            • #11
              With what appears to be a "dull lacquer finish", (applied in maybe the 1970's), what would be a recommended opinion of which liquid and/or paste wax "Brand" to apply from either of the aforementioned Glazes, ICE, Nu-Finish, Polishes, Sealants, Sealers, Waxes, or whatever else is available at Auto-Zone, O'Reilly's, Amazon, etc., ........... to provide on said Model A in 2018?

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              • H. L. Chauvin
                H. L. Chauvin commented
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                Thanks. I shot from the hip all of my life ...... thank God those who shot back thus far ...... missed.

                You are appreciated sharing your everyday multiple Model A experiences.

            • #12
              Sarah likes the way I apply her makeup and ya got to keep a woman happy!!!!! If it's not broke, don't fix it!!!!
              "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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              • #13
                I've tried many different brands over the years, but always had good luck Meguiers products. I have an 89 Bronco II that even though two tone, has factory single stage paint. Meguiers brings it back beautifully every spring, holding up well to the harsh western Colorado sun. In the early 70s I built a 64 Chevelle to run NHRA F modified production. It was custom painted pearl red, white and blue, named Fortunate Son (credit to CCR). The painter recommended Mirror Glaze.

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                • #14
                  I use Mequiar's with Carnuba Wax, the paste stuff in a bottle. It works well for me plus it smells good!!

                  I'm not sure what my local Ford Garage (Gustafson's in Kewanee, Illinois) where I buy our cars use on new car prep, but it works great. You don't have to wax your car for about two years the water forms sheets and runs off. Next time I'm over there I will ask Shawn their detailer or Denny the Parts. Mgr. what it is they use. Probably something from Ford.

                  I notice nobody is recommending Barrett-Jackson Wax that they advertise ad nauseum on the car shows.... no doubt just some other wax in their bottle.

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                  • Dennis
                    Dennis commented
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                    I bought a bottle of BJ years ago for a company truck I drove. I used it on one side and tossed the rest of the bottle.

                • #15
                  Wow! No mention of Yellow Wax or 1 Grand, it appears that we all shy away from the $$$ stuff......

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                  • #16
                    Originally posted by Apple Green Wheels Rule View Post

                    Ever since the song came out "Please don't squeeze my Charmin", I use Charmin........
                    I tried squeezing Charmin once, but I guess I squeezed in the wrong area, because she slapped me.

                    1966 was the last year I used Simonize, after I discovered how much easier, quicker, and longer lasting Turtle Wax was.
                    I had a black 1962 Corvair Spyder and the Simonize took hours to apply and buff, then wouldn't bead water within a month.
                    Turtle wax went on quick and buffed out with a soft cloth in less than an hour, and beaded water for several months.

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                    • #17
                      Go to auto paint store,buy body shop compound and carnuba wax,they have in generic bottles...cheaper than paying for a name

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                      • #18
                        A Friend RUSHED out to demo his "MAGIC" wax on Minervas' fender! Afterward, we couldn't even find the spot---LOL
                        I just use any brand Caranuba Wax.
                        Another trick: Especially on dark colors, when WASHING/DRYING/ PUTTING ON POLISH/PUTTING ON WAX/OR ANYTHING, always wipe, going WITH the body lines--It REALLY makes a difference. I always use micro-fiber rags, change rags often & put on polish or wax, SPARINGLY! A SLIGHTLY damp rag does a good job putting on wax or polish.
                        I find that a slight mist of Windex, wiped WITH body lines, seems to REFRESH a good wax job.
                        Dad Shinierthanamirror

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                        • BILL WILLIAMSON
                          BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                          The BEST WAX is the one put on my car, by SOMEBODY ELSE---LOL--LOL= Lazy or Lazyer. (sp?)
                          RETIREMENT is a irrevocable LICENSE fer LAZINESS. HEY, I can print me one, with my CERTIFICATE PROGRAM! I've even printed extra copies of Death Cetificates, when folks didn't have enough copies to take care of final details. ONLY once, I made a HUGE copy of a two dollar bill.
                          Dad at Zippo Printing & specializing in disappearing INK!--LOL----NO, don't send the Guys with the WHITE COAT, I already have one!
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                      • #19
                        3M compound and 3M polish. That is all I use, I saw it first years when my Camaro was painted.
                        Michael
                        Michael
                        1928 speedster
                        1929 closed cab p/u
                        1930 standard roadster
                        1931 deluxe tudor sedan
                        1967 ss/rs conv.camaro

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                        • #20
                          I really like Griots products. They are based in Washington State.
                          Products made in the USA. Have everything from Carnuba to a
                          great waterless car wash. Their Speed Shine is also a great product.
                          And you will find they have the very best micro fiber towels.
                          Gil. NoCal

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                          • #21
                            Zainos has a good product they even have a clay bar that you can use prior to waxing to get rid of bugs road grime etc etc. It is actually a 2 stage process but it really make vehicles shine.

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                            • #22
                              some good info on our local high end detailers web site http://www.theshineshopautodetailing...lishAngel.html

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                              • #23
                                Originally posted by Apple Green Wheels Rule View Post
                                I have something new by Turtle Wax called ICE Speed Compound that I will try out on Sarah later. It is a liquid compound that supposedly removes scratches, swirls, paint transfers, oxidation, etc etc. We'll see!!!
                                Tried it, rejected it and I'll stay with Nu-Finish. A bit too much elbow grease to get it off.
                                "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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                                • #24
                                  I have used a lot of different waxes. I use Jay Leno spray wax now. Easy on, dries to haze, easy off. Leaves car very slick and high shine.
                                  https://www.lenosgarage.com/collecti...ucts/spray-wax

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                                  • BILL WILLIAMSON
                                    BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                                    Waxes & stuff are like readin' labels on MOVIES------"IT'S THE BEST-BEST-BEST THING, SINCE PEANUT BUTTER"!!!
                                    "Maybe" Peanut Oil would make a good shine????
                                    Dad Doesn'tbelieveeverythinghereads
                                    Last edited by BILL WILLIAMSON; 03-02-2018, 12:50 PM.

                                • #25
                                  just used this last night on a newly buffed fender....
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                                  • BILL WILLIAMSON
                                    BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                                    OH, Mark, I "thought" that wuz PEANUT BUTTER, sorry!
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