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Hi guys, I've been reading the threads in this detailing section to get a idea how to keep my car looking the best.. let me just go over what i did. First i washed the care with Dawn to remove some junk and old wax, then i washed it with Meguiars car wash stuff. My car at this point was very smooth and glass like so i figured i didn't need to use a claybar (plus i can't find a place that sells them) after the car was completly dry i then used Meguiars NXT wax, buffed it out and it looked amazing. the next day i waxed it with Meguiars NXT again and it looked even better. Now a friend told me that a good carnuba wax would keep the luster and polished look of the car for a long time and recommended i did this. So i went out and got some Carnuba wax (this is all by hand) the next day i applied it, now i don't know if i put it on too thick or applied too much but after i buffed it out you could see light and dark spots on the car and if you look closer it looks as if its greasy. now the more i buff it the better it gets but after 3 hours of buffing it still apears greasy in some spots. what should i do? any advice would be apreciated. :crying:
 

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I would reccomend using a sovent like a tar remove to remove the wax you put on. and in the future not putting on so many layers of wax, you are really just wasting product. A carnuba wax isn't going to last that long, it is a good form of protection but will wear off quickly ( 3 to 6 months) If you are looking for long term protection use a paint sealant, sealants are used in the exact way a wax is put has different chemical in it, most contain polymers that accually bond to the paint molecule rather than just laying on the surface like a wax.
The discoloration that you are seeing is because when applying by hand you don't get an even cote, you should look into maybe getting a porter cable dual action polisher or a cyclo dual head polisher both of which can be used to polish and then to apply wax and you don't run the chance of damaging the paint b/c they use the orbital motion (simulates your hand) but much faster.

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thnx for the advise PGH. The Meguiars NXT says it bonds to the paint on the molecular level, is this along the same lines as the sealant your talking about? also how much to the orbital polishers go for and where can i pick one up.. thnx again for the help :thumbsup: i dunno if you can tell from this pick but here it is after i used the carnuba, if you look closely you can sorta see what im talking about (the front fender shows it the most). http://www.vadr.net/images/seltech/nxtandcarnuba.jpg
 

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Although Cranuba will give you a deeper shine when applied over stuff like the NXT which bonds to the paint, you will find that it will look "streaky". Take a micro fibre towel and buff again if you have not already done so. It will look great then. :thumbsup:

The Meguiars bonds to the paint and the caruna cannot penetrate the layer to be absorbed so that is why it looks like it does. Buffing off the excess wax with the microfibre towel will work.
 

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correct me if i am wrong, but carnuba seems to be oilyer than the synthetic wax. I noticed that i would have to work it a long time to get carnuba to look good and smooth, but the synthetic, it was wax on, wax off:) and no streaks, just shiny as hell, get out the sunglasses
 

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correct me if i am wrong, but carnuba seems to be oilyer than the synthetic wax. I noticed that i would have to work it a long time to get carnuba to look good and smooth, but the synthetic, it was wax on, wax off:) and no streaks, just shiny as hell, get out the sunglasses
I totally agree, My first waxing experience was with NXT and it was so easy to use. Plus the car comes out amazing, but i wasn't impressed with how soon NXT wears out. Then my friend told me if i use a carnuba it will last way longer. its been about a week now and its still glossy and nice looking but man what a pain to buff it out, NXT took like 30min to buff out to a shine, the carnuba was like 3 hours + and i still had streaks.. thnx PGH and the rest of you for your help, Black is beautiful but easy to ruin.. I give many props for ya'll that do this for a living :thumbsup:
 

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Sup guys....pretty new to the SRT4 forum... got my ride in early august, all they had was the red, but I lov it!!! a close friend of mine has a high end body repair shop( Porsche, Benz, Aston Martins ect are seen there at different stages of repair...anyways, he gave me a water bottle worth of this carnuba commercial wax they use on these cars after they repair them and, not sure what brand it is, other than it's a yellow with a tinge of green to it, but I cannot believe the shine it puts out on my ride! he also gave me one of the application pads they use and suggested I wet it first.
Easy as hell to apply( just put it on thinly, let it haze up,then you buff it out with new micro fibre cloths) The ONE trick he told me to NOT do is this:
When washing a car with a clear coat, rinse it off first, then wash with a quality car shampoo, he recomands Zymol car wash soap( amazing) when washing, try to stroke the paint in LINEAR motion rather than circular movement, likewise with the chammy drying and waxing, and the buffing...just try not to go circular and it's amazing the depth of shine you'll achieve, by doing this, you not only reduce the chance of getting more swirl marks but also reduce the onces that were already on the paint before you started... he's right, my paint is lookin better than when I picked up the ride from the dealer..I'll ask him fora product name and post that when I do find out.
 
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