'Just wash it well with dish soap and wax with the wax of your choice.
Reply: DO NOT use dish soap ; it takes the wax off of the car. Use
proper Car Wash like Turtle Wax concentrated Car Wash. According to a
comprehensive study done, the 2 top leading Waxes are : P21S and Zaino
P21S outshined Zaino by a tad, but, Zaino was the most durable. Both
cannot be store bought. These are what Classic Car finatics use . Go to
www.zainobros.com for more info and pics on what a car looks like
after applying this product. Its not cheap, but the shine and
durability is really incredible.
I'd pick up a Porter Cable 7424 dual-action (i.e. "beginner safe") polisher.
Follow it with a good glaze and then a wax of your choice (polymers clean up
nicely). Maybe "Meguiar's Proper Machine Polishing Video" while you're at
it. Helps speed up the process and produces a very nice wet-like shine when
I used some 3M Glazing Compound that helped to eliminate a lot of the
factory orange peel surface defects. The Meguiar's Polymer wax (about $15)
worked well and came off easier than most waxes (I believe it has some
carnauba in it). The Meguiar's website has an online user customizable
feature that will guide you through the use a the products.
First, never, ever, use dish soap as was recommended above. It will RUIN
Unless your car has been sitting in a storage yard for a long time it
shouldn't need any sort of cleaner or compound to prep before waxing. Wash
it using a soap designed specifically for washing cars.
A few years back Consumer Reports tested all kinds of car waxes. Nu Finish
got the highest rating, it's also a lot less expensive than the more exotic
brands. Nothing against Meguires, Mothers or others, just that a new car
shouldn't need any special care products.
I use Nu Finish, only.
Excellent results on my 2000 Saturn (finish like new)
and my 2004 Sonata.
True, use a soap designed for cars ONLY.
Strong soaps will ruin your finish, it's too harsh.
I learned the hard way. : (
I just realized, it's not Eage One Gold Class, it's Meguiar's Gold
Class. Just wanted to point that out ... my mistake. I was thinking
of Eagle One Black Magic, which apparently is supposed to be decent too
... any info on how long it lasts?
Btw, if it's polymer based, can I automatically assume that it will
last longer than a carnauba wax based wax?
On 31 Aug 2005 08:54:38 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well you have access to the Internet, obviously, so the product I use
and recommend is available to you there. Some may consider this
heresy, but I use a product called Perma Shield. It is a polymer
Teflon formula. It gives a glassy VERY high shine and is as easy to
use a regular wax, easier, actually, and lasts for a very long time.
I recently sold a 1993 Nissan Pickup that was a true red, which, as I
sure you know, is a color that normally oxidizes worse than any other.
That truck was never garaged a single day, in a hot, bright inland
Southern California climate. I would put a coat of Perma Shield on the
truck maybe once a year. When I sold it the finish looked like new.
Normally when you wax a red vehicle, even one taken care of fairly
well, you will see some red color on the cloth as it takes off some
oxidized paint. On that Nissan the was simply no red, there was NO
Oh well, I am raving on, sorry. This is one product I would do a
commercial for if asked. And I have NO connection to the company.
If interested you can go to the Perma Shield site at
Good luck with your new car. I am driving a 2004 Sonata LX and could
not be happier with it.
I have also just picked up a brand new 2005 Elantra SE and would like to
know what I should do to protect the dash and the seats.
I read that some don't like Armour All. Any other suggestions?
The last new car I use 3M ScotchGuard on the seats and carpet. Any
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