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#3440385 - 07/30/14 09:13 AM New vehicle protocol
Sierra048 Offline


Registered: 02/26/11
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Loc: Georgia
What is the least you would do for a new vehicle as far as paint protection? Paint on our new vehicles look fine and repel water nicely right now. Should I be doing anything right now besides keeping them clean with scheduled washing?
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#3440395 - 07/30/14 09:25 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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I keep a layer of spray wax on the finish routinely. I've come to prefer that over a more elaborate waxing/polishing process. I like a shine and I like water to bead. Beyond that, I'm pretty easy to please. So for me, regular applications of a good spray wax are what work the best.
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#3440410 - 07/30/14 09:42 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 01/09/10
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Wash properly and apply a synthetic wax (sealant) 2x per year.

Avoid swirl-o-matic car washes and use proper washing techniques to minimize damage to the paint.
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#3440434 - 07/30/14 10:06 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 08/13/12
Posts: 121
Loc: Washington
I was in the same position--- two new cars and wanted simple and durable protection. Clay, sealant, wax twice a year.

I use a fine Nanoskin sponge, Duragloss 601/105, and Collinite 845. But lots of good choices among similar products.


Edited by Cadenza (07/30/14 10:08 AM)

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#3440453 - 07/30/14 10:26 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 04/21/11
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Loc: Spokane, WA
All these recommendations are good, but nothing beats parking in a garage
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#3440473 - 07/30/14 10:53 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 02/26/11
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Both our vehicles are garage kept. While I have clayed vehicles before and have enough on hand to clay either now, would claying be necessary right now given factory paint with what appears to be a nice sealant on it. I pretty much follow Hokiefyd's routine suggested with a good regimen of spray wax mixed in with a few detailed waxes through out the year. I was wondering if there is anything special I needed to do to the surface right now? I'm not a detail expert but my cars always look good to others because of my effort in exterior maintenance. Thanks for the input.
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#3440479 - 07/30/14 10:56 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 11/16/05
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Loc: Rockwall, Texas
Agree on garage. I live in a neighborhood with 2 or 3 car garages, yet most people leave their cars out. All 3 of my cars park in the garage. The paint on the 14 year old car still looks good.

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#3440508 - 07/30/14 11:28 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
I agree that good washing technique and a spray wax (synthetic) are probably the best minimum. Some carwash soaps have corrosion protection and/or gloss enhancing additives, so you might consider them.

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#3440534 - 07/30/14 11:51 AM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: JHZR2]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
a spray wax (synthetic)

Spray wax? Can you throw out some recommendations? Something that's not overly time consuming to apply?

Sorry, I've been out of the whole wax/sealant scene for a very long time. Wife might be buying a new car soon, so this is a very timely thread for me. smile
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#3440617 - 07/30/14 01:19 PM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Quattro Pete]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18072
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
a spray wax (synthetic)

Spray wax? Can you throw out some recommendations? Something that's not overly time consuming to apply?

Sorry, I've been out of the whole wax/sealant scene for a very long time. Wife might be buying a new car soon, so this is a very timely thread for me. smile


I still recommend a paint coating, but for spray on options, consider Opti-Seal or CarPro Hydr02.

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#3440686 - 07/30/14 02:22 PM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 10/24/11
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Loc: Ohio
Garage is best...but all my damage is done in parking lots anyway.

Bottom line: I put 20k on the car so in 10 years it's going to look good for a car with 200k because I keep it clean. Then it goes to the next owner. At that point appearance is only worth about $500 maybe.
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#3440722 - 07/30/14 02:54 PM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 391
Loc: Georgia
Critic,

I see a lot of people recommending products like these. I've never heard of them and wouldn't have a clue where to get them. Are these products for the professional detailer? I usually use OTC products like Meguiars. Not saying their products are the best but they have always produced a decent look for me and others are impressed with the way our vehicles look. Don't want to use up too much of your time but if you could explain what some of these things do it would be a big help. I'll try to do some Googling as well. Thanks.
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#3440737 - 07/30/14 03:07 PM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 809
Loc: Nebraska
Originally Posted By: Mfrank84
I see a lot of people recommending products like these. I've never heard of them and wouldn't have a clue where to get them.


http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-seal.html

I've never used Opti-Seal, but I have used that company's No-Rinse car wash and the results were surpising, yet consistent with what others were saying. IOW, it lived up to the hype.

Meguiar's makes good stuff too.

Autopia.org forums are where you want to go for research.
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#3440759 - 07/30/14 03:25 PM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: The Critic
but for spray on options, consider Opti-Seal or CarPro Hydr02.

Thanks. Looks like one needs to be applied with a pad while the other is spray on only. Have you tried both? Which one did you like better?
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#3440860 - 07/30/14 04:55 PM Re: New vehicle protocol [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 08/05/13
Posts: 115
Loc: FL, USA
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: The Critic
but for spray on options, consider Opti-Seal or CarPro Hydr02.

Thanks. Looks like one needs to be applied with a pad while the other is spray on only. Have you tried both? Which one did you like better?



There are a lot of options that are similar while being different.

CarPro Hydr02 - spray on after rinsing the car, rinse the car again to activate it, then dry the car. It says up to 3 months protection, but here in FL, after a month or so, I want to refresh it. It still works, but I like my beads to be tall and tight, not flat and big. This is for a car that's outside all of the time in the FL sun and rain, so YMMV.

Duragloss Aquawax - a spray sealant that can be applied two ways. After you rinse the car, before drying, spray the Aquawax on and then dry the car. This saves a buffing/wipe off step. Or, you can apply it like a regular spray wax and apply it after drying the car and then wipe off. AW is actually a spray sealant and has very good durability for a "spray wax". I get a good 3 months out of it in the summer. Longer in the "winter", as that means the excessive heat and the every day rain showers go away.

CarPro Reload - a spray sealant similar to Aquawax in that it can be applied to a wet or dry surface. I just started using this as, but it is very similar to AW with a little more hydrophobic properties and a little better durability. It is holding up a little better than AW so far, so I estimate it to reach 4 months or a little longer.

Ultima PGP or Optimum Opti-Seal - both are spray on wipe off sealants that are applied to the car after drying. I have used the UPGP many times, but OS only once. However, they are a little more finicky than a regular spray wax, because you need to "level" them as you wipe them off, or you will get high spots. It's not difficult, you just have to pay attention. The reward is well worth it though as these have much better durability. 5-6 months easy in the summer.

CarPro CQuartz UK or Optimum Opti-Coat - these are both coatings that are applied to a dry, clean and polished surface. Like OS and UPGP, these are more labor intensive, even more so than the previous two, because they are a semi-permanent coating, so they need to be applied evenly. The reward being that they last up to 2 years. I can't verify this as I just started using CQ UK, but from what I have seen and heard, 1 year doesn't seem like a stretch at all.

Ideally, you would apply a regular sealant or coating and then use Hydr02, Reload, Aquawax, etc. to boost the gloss and increase the durability of your main protection.

Hope this helps.

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