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.....what junk, I don't see what everyone is ranting and raving about. It goes on and off easy, but if it doesn't do anything then who cares?? I saw no difference in shine, and the parts of my car that I didn't use the stuff on is smoother than where I used the Ice......I guess I'll just be sticking to zaino, liquid glass and nu-finish.....those have been the best for me.....did I do something wrong with this stuff? I applied, let it haze and wiped it off....anyone care to chime in?
 

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FWIW, I haven't heard any stories of users liking the new Turtle Wax "Ice". It's definitely been hyped up, but no one I've talked to likes it at all.:lame:
 

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I tried a couple turtle wax products years ago and was not happy with them. Since then, I always use Meguires.

Lately I have been using their yellow wax#26 I think. First I clay, than I put the wax on with an orbital, and take it off by hand. I havent done the V yet though. The V has some swirls I need to buff out. I was going to try using swirl remover with the orbital.
 

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I was a big Zaino proponent a few years ago but stopped using it as I was looking for a product that could simplify the process and last longer...

...and I think I've found it.

Meguiar's #21, Synthetic Sealant is my new best friend. It applies and rubs off easily, you won't make a big mess if you go overboard with it, the product lasts longer and it's a bit heavier, so you get a darker, richer look. For guys with black cars, it does have some fillers in it so fine swirls will disappear after application.
 

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I tried a couple turtle wax products years ago and was not happy with them. Since then, I always use Meguires.

Lately I have been using their yellow wax#26 I think. First I clay, than I put the wax on with an orbital, and take it off by hand. I havent done the V yet though. The V has some swirls I need to buff out. I was going to try using swirl remover with the orbital.
If your going to use a Meguiar's polish to buff the swirls out I dont think the orbital will have enough power to break down the abrasives. They use what is called a diminishing abrasive which continually breaks down as you polish.

I to used to use the Zaino and switched to the #21. I love it and it is much easier to use. I did a major detail on my V over Memorial weekend buffing and polishing removing the swirls and topped with #21 and it looked great. A couple weeks later I put a coat of Meguiar's paste wax on and wow.. I will have to wait and see how long it lasts..
 

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I just spent $150 CAD on Zaino. I'll be doing it next week.
 

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Where are you guys picking up the meguires?? And how many months does it seem to last? I know two coats of nu-finish will last me a LONG time...zaino will get me ~3-4 months...and liquid glass roughly the same, only it stays smoother a little longer....but I'll try meguires, what the hey.
 

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When i wax my car, the wax stays for a long time. (My car goes not see sunlight that much) It's an night car. You can't tell how good a wax is by how long it lasts.... BECAUSE if you leave your car in the sun it will eat that wax right off. Check by the beads and the shine.
 

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When i wax my car, the wax stays for a long time. (My car does not see sunlight that much) It's an night car. You can't tell how good a wax is by how long it lasts.... BECAUSE if you leave your car in the sun it will eat that wax right off. Check by the beads and the shine.
 

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Where are you guys picking up the meguires?? And how many months does it seem to last? I know two coats of nu-finish will last me a LONG time...zaino will get me ~3-4 months...and liquid glass roughly the same, only it stays smoother a little longer....but I'll try meguires, what the hey.
I get my supplies at http://www.autodetailingsolutions.com/

I know around here I have also found Meguiar's pro line at NAPA and ORielly's.

I would also clay before applying the #21. You can pick up a clay kit at just about any auto parts store. Just follow the directions and be amazed. I have used both the Mothers brand and the Meguiar's, bot are good. You get two pieces of clay with the Meguiars. If you drop it on the ground throw it away, it turns into sandpaper.

There are alot of good products out there and most waxes, polishes, sealers will do a good job. It is the prep work before the application that gives it the look. It takes more than a coat of wax to make a bad finish look good.

Here are some pics of my V with #21 after alot of work.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-v-series-forum/108290-spring-clean-yep-more-pics.html?highlight=spring+clean
 

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When i wax my car, the wax stays for a long time. (My car does not see sunlight that much) It's an night car. You can't tell how good a wax is by how long it lasts.... BECAUSE if you leave your car in the sun it will eat that wax right off. Check by the beads and the shine.
WHAT?? How long a wax lasts IS one of the main ways to tell how good a wax is! Especially if you are looking for a durable wax. :alchi:
 

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Eh, #26, #21, #69, Z1, Z44, Z86, whatever!

Just give me Griot's Car Wash, Clay Bar and Best of Show wax and have an incredible finish and be done with it.
 

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I use it when I get to shows, just to give the car that freshly cleaned look. Works great for that purpose, but if you are trying to use it as a replacement for a full detail.. no way.
 

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Eh, #26, #21, #69, Z1, Z44, Z86, whatever! ...
What about 42? :bonkers: I hear ya, bigjim. Zaino's bad enough, but at least they're not in double digits, yet.

I must admit, capt. dan's car looks outstanding! I might be up for giving Meguiar's or Griot's a try next. :thumbsup:
 

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What about 42? :bonkers: I hear ya, bigjim. Zaino's bad enough, but at least they're not in double digits, yet.

I must admit, capt. dan's car looks outstanding! I might be up for giving Meguiar's or Griot's a try next. :thumbsup:
Thanks for the comments. Its all good, if your happy with what your using thats all that matters. I could have applied any brand of wax or sealer after I was done polishing and bet that you could have not seen a difference. My dad uses the Griot's and is very happy with it. I have been happy with Zaino, Liquid Glass, Mothers, and more, they are all good products... I just enjoy polishing the V and showing it off. I dont do it for a living, just for fun.

Sorry to get off topic...
 
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