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Paste Wax or Spray Wax? #5373559 03/11/20 03:32 PM
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A couple years ago I began using Turtle Wax Ice and Turtle Wax "Wax And Dry" spray on waxes on my cars. I liked how fast you can wax the whole car, windows and all, when the car is still a little wet and not have to go over it with a dry microfiber cloth.

When I acquired my 2012 Toyota Prius C on January 8, the dealer included a kit with wax, tire shine, and car wash for $189 more. They wouldn't refund my $189 but I've found that the wax gives a better shine than spray waxes. You apply it on a wet applicator and then you have to go over the car with a microfiber cloth to make it shine. This is the type of wax I've used mostly over the past years. Then I got some Simoniz Carnauba Wax that applies the same way.

Is it true that paste waxes give a better shine than spray on waxes?


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5373563 03/11/20 03:37 PM
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Not having tried every wax out there but quite a few paste and spray-on brands. The best shine I ever had came from Lucas Spray Wax and Turtle Wax Seal and Shine. I think these two products work better for me than the current application, Meguiar's Ceramic Wax.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5373575 03/11/20 03:57 PM
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The term “wax” is misleading in some of these products.

Simoniz paste wax is a real wax. Meguiars Ceramic Wax is not.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5373580 03/11/20 04:03 PM
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I use spray on and liquid cream waxes. The liquid wax almost always gives a deeper and longer lasting shine.

That being said - I use TW Wax & Dry after every car wash now. I love the stuff; like you said, you can wax the entire car in no more time than it would take to regularly dry it. I used it last back in Oct/Nov and the beading effect is still present.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5373581 03/11/20 04:04 PM
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You should always do a base coat of paste or thick liquid wax that you apply then remove, then maintain with spray waxes/ceramic wax after every few washes. I did this last year, waxed properly in July, then kept applying coats of Meguires ceramic spray on after second or so wash through to November, And has lasted still to this day through the winter. Water/snow/slush beads and slides right off...and after I go through wash still smooth like day I waxed it. Also all washes are touch less or I’ll drive in and just use power wash with soap, then rinse....and looks perfect. Whereas as before you still needed to somewhat agitate surface or run something over it or something would always remain, especially in winter and in spots that constantly took a beating, mainly from half way mark of vehicle....more so in front and driver/passenger doors.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5373584 03/11/20 04:07 PM
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I just purchased the Griots green ceramic spray wax, can not wait for snow to melt to apply, advancements of these style of waxes has made life easier on both man and machine!


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no more paste or liquid for me. going all spray. can do my vehicle in 1/2 an hour . have found durability pretty good with TW SS .Since its so easy i do it once a month . also i don't have to worry about getting it on black plastic. i spray it on to everything.

Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: domer10] #5373633 03/11/20 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by domer10
I just purchased the Griots green ceramic spray wax, can not wait for snow to melt to apply, advancements of these style of waxes has made life easier on both man and machine!



With that product and others like it there is no need for a paste wax coat. These products will hold up as good as anything else.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: PimTac] #5373653 03/11/20 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by PimTac
The term “wax” is misleading in some of these products.

Simoniz paste wax is a real wax. Meguiars Ceramic Wax is not.


I did the car with Simoniz Carnauba wax today. It really seems to leave a great shine. It smells like petrochemicals. The spray on waxes I have don't. I think I'd rather spend a few more minutes using a paste wax and get a better shine for a result. Plus the paste wax shine should last longer so you won't need to apply it as often.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: mclasser] #5373659 03/11/20 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by mclasser
I use spray on and liquid cream waxes. The liquid wax almost always gives a deeper and longer lasting shine.

That being said - I use TW Wax & Dry after every car wash now. I love the stuff; like you said, you can wax the entire car in no more time than it would take to regularly dry it. I used it last back in Oct/Nov and the beading effect is still present.


I'm sure the rain does a wonderful dance on your cars. smile It definitely does on mine. I've waxed the car about 6 times in the 2 months I've owned it.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5373702 03/11/20 06:20 PM
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I will stick with my Collinite 845 liquid wax. Shake the bottle well -- wipe on and wipe off. Easy peasy!!!


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Meguires Ultimate Quick Wax spray on has given me the best shine. May not last quite as long as a paste but it sure shines, Especially white finishes.

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Originally Posted by BAJA_05
I will stick with my Collinite 845 liquid wax. Shake the bottle well -- wipe on and wipe off. Easy peasy!!!



Agreed. Collinite 845 is so easy to work with, and the shine is absolutely beautiful, I don't know why anyone would waste time and money with spray waxes. Those that complain about how hard 845 is to work with, just aren't doing it right. And the shine lasts for weeks, through numerous car washes. I've never seen a spray wax that makes it through the second car wash, and most of them don't make it through the first.

A good spray wax can help to help maintain the shine of a nice wax job. But by itself, spray wax is not worth the time it takes to apply, when you can apply a real wax and not have to reapply after every car wash.


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Re: Paste Wax or Spray Wax? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5374099 03/12/20 02:48 AM
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The idea that you need to use a paste or liquid wax as a base coat and maintain with spray wax is shade tree, weekend warrior detailer anecdotal nonsense. The newer spray waxes last as long or longer for water beading, sheeting and shine/appearance as any paste wax or liquid product.


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Paste, I have no confidence in the spray wax lasting very long.


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