It's clearcoated, isn't it? If so, protection is probably more important
than bringing out the color, which you can't treat beneath the clearcoat
On my red Miata (no clearcoat), I like Meguiar's professional-grade
Mirror Glaze products: #9 swirl remover followed by #26 liquid yellow
wax. If I were pickier about tiny scratches, I'd use the #2 fine-cut
cleaner and #7 show car glaze (polish) instead of the swirl remover, but
that would mean three passes instead of two, and I'd need to buy--and
learn to use--a rotary buffer. As it is, the finish of my 9 year old
paint is like cherry hard candy, with breathtaking depth. Longevity of
the shine depends on how often the car is washed, but I normally do it
twice a year.
In the past, I've used the #6 cleaner wax. It did a good job, but didn't
come close to the depth of shine of the separate products, nor last as
All the good stuff in the Meguiar's numbered system comes in tan
bottles. You probably won't find it at Wal-Mart or AutoZone, but my
local Car Quest parts store carries the whole line, and cheaper than
ordering online from meguiars.com.
Zymol pro-grade products are about twice as much work to use as
Meguiar's, cost more, and don't last very long. Excellent short-term
results, though. The consumer-grade Zymol products at Wal-Mart are
reportedly not the same thing--more like generic Turtle Wax.
For sheer longevity of protection on clearcoat, it's hard to beat Rain
Dance. You won't get that bottomless shine, though.
Lanny Chambers, St. Louis, USA
the alignment page:
Well, Lanny. It seems somewhat hard to believe that a car that
is washed twice a year, normally, would have cherry hard candy
paint. (Good grace!)
Not that I do not believe you, of course, ..., but, don't you have
any insects down there in the Mid West??
Leon van Dommelen :) Bozo, the White 96 Sebring Miata .)
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I've tried a ton of waxes and have finally settled on some stuff called
Formula 113. It's made by some guy in his garage but it's really good. Looks
as good as Zymol with a lot less work. Cheaper and lasts longer too. Another
thing I really like is that there's no power residue. You can order some
from http://www.formula113.com .
Disclaimer: I'm not associated with this company at all. Just a satisfied
Just my 2 cents....
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