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why i cant upload pics?
i use dodo juice wax its unreal,u should polish the car before or a least clay it,it will give the best results.
beautiful car btw.
 

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You haven't waxed your car in 2-1/2 years? Or am I reading something wrong here?
 

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why i cant upload pics?
i use dodo juice wax its unreal,u should polish the car before or a least clay it,it will give the best results.
beautiful car btw.
You need to resize it to 1025 x 768 pixels or less. Also there is a limit to how much you can upload. If you try to upload and it says you've exceeded your limit, then you have to go into your settings and delete old attachments to clear up space.

Back to the topic....I've always hand washed my car and there are no visible swirls. Do I still need to polish it?

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You haven't waxed your car in 2-1/2 years? Or am I reading something wrong here?
That is correct. If you have a problem with that you are welcome to come wax my car for me :)
 

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Wax (not polish) need to be applied as it helps keep the paint free from dirt and grime, and other nasties like bird poop. Allows better clean up.

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Griots has a spray on wax you can use when you wash your car. At the least it would help and is the lazy man's wax!

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/spray-on+wax+8+ounces.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=

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Wax (not polish) need to be applied as it helps keep the paint free from dirt and grime, and other nasties like bird poop. Allows better clean up.

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Griots has a spray on wax you can use when you wash your car. At the least it would help and is the lazy man's wax!

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/spray-on+wax+8+ounces.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=

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By the way, Griots is having a sale through today or tomorrow (not sure). Enter the code: EMCAMB for 15% off.
The car wash soap that I use contains carnauba wax. Is that just a gimmick?
 

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...a least clay it, it will give the best results...
Yeah, I can't imagine waxing a car after 2½ years of neglect without
first giving it a clay bar treatment - fast, cheap, enduring perfection:



 

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Carnauba wax is supposedly a "harder" wax than most. That leads me to wonder how it is "liquified". I am not an expert on car waxes at all, but the carnauba in your wash certainly won't hurt anything. Use a name brand product and that is a good start.

Is your car a garage queen or a daily driver? Makes a difference as to the exposure to the elements and the protection you may need and how often you should "wax" your car.
 
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It is used in alot of hypoallergenic cosmetics and ect in liquid or resin form such as eyeliner and ect. Tinman.
 

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Now, why would I not have known that, CTSCHICK?
 

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Yeah, I can't imagine waxing a car after 2½ years of neglect without
first giving it a clay bar treatment - fast, cheap, enduring perfection:
Yes I plan on claying it, but was wondering if I need to polish it.

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Carnauba wax is supposedly a "harder" wax than most. That leads me to wonder how it is "liquified". I am not an expert on car waxes at all, but the carnauba in your wash certainly won't hurt anything. Use a name brand product and that is a good start.

Is your car a garage queen or a daily driver? Makes a difference as to the exposure to the elements and the protection you may need and how often you should "wax" your car.
She is both a daily driver and a garage queen as I telecommute mostly now.
 

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There is a difference between wax and polish. Wax, yes. Polish, no. Polish is for removing fine scratches, which many waxes will do. Just stick to a good name brand wax and you will be fine.
 
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The car wash soap that I use contains carnauba wax. Is that just a gimmick?
I used to use the Mothers California gold with carnauba wax all the time, My b.f. still use's it on his cars.
I stopped because I started using detail spray while drying the car down with a great white towel to reduce friction and act as a drying agent while also leaving me the same shine
 

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You need to resize it to 1025 x 768 pixels or less. Also there is a limit to how much you can upload. If you try to upload and it says you've exceeded your limit, then you have to go into your settings and delete old attachments to clear up space.
Or make life easier and just upload to www.photobucket.com , and post the IMG codes here. No size limit.

As for waxes removing fine scratches/swirls, that's ONLY if they're "cleaner waxes". Basically a combination product. But you don't get the full benefits of both products.

Basic detailing process for a daily driver/car stored outdoors, done without power buffing:

-Wash (obviously)

-Clay. This will pull embedded/stuck on debris out of the paint, so it's not stuck in the polishing cloth/pad and scratching the paint while you polish.

-Polish. This actually removes, not fills, fine scratches and heavy swirls, by removing a very small amount of clear coat.

-Swirl remover. For darker colors or for the perfectionist. Just an extremely fine polish.

-Wax. There are endless debates on what type is better, what type to use for metallic/non metallic, even color specific waxes..... The point is to have a shiny car and to protect the finish. Shine comes from a smoothe surface, and polishing gets you 99% there. A good wax, ANY good wax, get you that last little bit of shine, and protect the paint. So don't stress over it.

Personally, I've been using Mothers Gold Class pure carnauba liquid wax. For polish/swirl remover/cutting creams I use Presta products, but those are machine applied.
 

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In other words, just do it and you will see a tremendous improvement, and your car will be even happier.
 
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