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#594672 - 03/02/06 06:33 AM Prestone Synthetic Wax
Last_Z Offline


Registered: 10/21/02
Posts: 2790
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Hey guys,

I waxed my car using Prestone Synthetic Wax and I am impressed to say the least. This stuff is awesome! I have a 02 Rally Red Z28 with a black top. I have used Zaino's wax before and Prestone looks at least as good! The red and black colors look very glossy/glassy, very red/black, very "wet" looking and deeper than with any other wax I've ever used. It also hides swirls very good. One thing I noticed is that it didn't seem to "clean" the finish as good as other waxes. The finish still felt a bit rough afterwards, although it felt much better today after the wax was exposed to a lot of heat from the sun. I had also washed the car with a few ounces of Formula 88 degreaser....that may account for the finish feeling a bit rough too.

Needless to say, I am sold on this stuff, especially at $3.70 or so that I paid for a 20oz bottle.

Please keep in mind I am only reporting my results. I have nothing against all other waxes/polishes including Zaino. Please don't get stupid with me because I will rough you up twice as bad! [Wink]

Thank you and hope you find the review helpful!

Rick

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#594673 - 03/02/06 03:19 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
Russell Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 2133
Loc: Lexington, KY
Many "waxes" do not smooth the finish as they do not have cleaning properties. You need to prepare clean/smooth the surfaces with clay and polishes before applying the final top coal of wax or sealant.

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#594674 - 03/02/06 06:26 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
Last_Z Offline


Registered: 10/21/02
Posts: 2790
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Russell,

I agree, but man do I hate doing the clay bar thing. It is painful and agoinazingly slow! [Frown] Maybe sometime in the future I will go ahead and do it.

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#594675 - 03/02/06 09:07 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
kkreit01 Offline


Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 3763
Loc: Olathe, KS
Claying isn't too bad. Just do the horizontal surfaces. It doesn't take too long, and you'll be as smooth as a baby's bottom:)

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#594676 - 03/02/06 09:42 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
OldGuysRule Offline


Registered: 02/26/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Pasadena, CA
Agonizingly slow? What? To me it is extremely quick!

I may be odd but I wax at least one panel on my car every time I wash it, which is weekly...once in a while 2 weeks. My Dad used to say that the shine is just a nice side benefit of waxing. Waxing is giving the Sun's UV rays something to eat. If you don't give it the wax, it'll eat your paint. Probably an oversimplification but I have never forgotten it.

I default to waxing my hood, trunk and roof most since they are most directly exposed to the sun. Probably do them 3 times for each time I do the sides. Clay maybe once per 2-3 months. My cars are smooth as glass and nice and shiny, just the way I like them.

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#594677 - 03/02/06 09:51 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
jmacmaster Offline


Registered: 09/21/05
Posts: 1027
Loc: East Helena, Montana
Waxes don't clean. Polishes and what are called paint cleaners clean. I use this stuff after a good washing and before waxing and you'd be surprised how much crap it takes off (you can see it on the buffing rags) even after a good washing. Its cheap and goes on and comes off easily:

http://www.meguiars.com/?auto-paint-cleaners/Deep-Crystal-System-Paint-Cleaner

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#594678 - 03/02/06 10:42 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
Last_Z Offline


Registered: 10/21/02
Posts: 2790
Loc: San Antonio, TX
You guys might be right. All I remember about claying is rubbing that stuff forever and my lower back, shoulder and hand in pain. Maybe I'm a wussie! [I dont know]

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#594679 - 03/03/06 02:40 AM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
OldGuysRule Offline


Registered: 02/26/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Pasadena, CA
You're not a wuss, but maybe you are trying too hard or maybe you wait too long between times you do it, so it is a bigger job than it has to be.

Use lots of the lubricant they give you (where have I heard that before?)and do a 2 ft x 2ft section at a time. Wipe off the wetness, pull and fold over the clay as you dirty it and move on. One panel at a time.

The byproducts of my waxing a single panel every time I wash is that I don't get sick of maintaining my car. Lcaying it is also much easier job when I do have to do it. I rarely do a wash, dry, full clay, full polish and full wax...that takes just too damned much time. I've got several cars but one of them, my Quadcab Dodge Ram 4x4 is black. Talk about a lot of work to do all that, I'd never finish. One panel at a time, easy does it.

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#594680 - 03/03/06 02:52 AM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
Last_Z Offline


Registered: 10/21/02
Posts: 2790
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Yeah.....that's my problem! I had always clayed the ENTIRE car after vaccumming, washing (including engine) and before waxing. No wonder I would be so tired at the end of the day! [Sleeping]
Anyway....I'll take your recomendation and start doing one or two panels at a time.

Thanks!

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#594681 - 03/03/06 03:33 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
toocrazy2yoo Offline


Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 2724
Loc: Herndon, Virginia
Is there some mechanical assist you caan use for this stuff? A wheel, or swab on the drill-end?

Something?

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#594682 - 03/07/06 07:30 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
kkreit01 Offline


Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 3763
Loc: Olathe, KS
Thanks for the tip. I picked up some Penzoil Synthetic Wax at WM for <$3.50. Thanks to this site, I'm now starting to stockpile oil, oil filters, and wax:)

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#594683 - 03/08/06 04:37 AM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
AndyH Offline


Registered: 11/07/04
Posts: 2493
Loc: MSP 'burbs, MN
quote:
Originally posted by toocrazy2yoo:
Is there some mechanical assist you caan use for this stuff? A wheel, or swab on the drill-end?

Something?

For what...clay? If so, Griot's Garage sells a bonnet pad which holds clay and allows you to clay your vehicle with a random orbital buffer. (Note: I've never used it, only seen it listed in their catalog.)

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#594684 - 03/08/06 06:44 PM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
Wasatch Offline


Registered: 11/21/05
Posts: 110
Loc: Layton, UT
Claying should not be that much of a problem, use plenty of lube. It's all in the prep (SMR, Polishes, Glazes) then sealant and/or wax.

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#594685 - 03/09/06 01:36 AM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
boone88rr Offline


Registered: 01/09/06
Posts: 210
Loc: Quahog, Rhode Island
Claying using an orbital buffer? That sounds dangerous.

Clay is abrasive. Just like using too coarse a polish or rubbing too long in one place, clay on a buffer sounds like it will do more harm then good.

I have a Tacoma and it takes me 15 minutes to clay the thing. You don't have to rub hard, it's actually better if you don't. Use a ton of the lube and feel the spots you went over to make sure you didn't miss. Easiest way to keep your car or truck looking good.

I clay and apply Klasse (AIO and Glaze) twice a year. Wash and wax normally every two weeks.

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#594686 - 03/09/06 01:38 AM Re: Prestone Synthetic Wax
boone88rr Offline


Registered: 01/09/06
Posts: 210
Loc: Quahog, Rhode Island
Oh and the Prestone Wax is pretty good. I used to use it on my BMW. It lasts a long time. I think there are other things out there that shine better though. Meguiar's #26 and P21S being two that I like.

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