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Old 03-25-2001, 09:28 PM
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The questions is, what do people use on the car show circuits?

If you look at all the show cars, they have an incredible shine, gloss, swirl free, etc. etc. I am curious as to what they use.

I have seen Meguiars, Zymol, Zainos Bros, Griots Garage, etc. all say/advertise that they are used on concours cars, but is that what they really use?

Zymol has a few waxes made for concours (Read the Zymol post I made in this forum), any ideas on that stuff?
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Old 03-26-2001, 12:17 AM
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I don't think there is any one product they use religously.

Its more of the buffing technic which happens to be professionally done. We've done a couple of show cars before, and its painstaking to do part by part, and with every detail given to make the best of it. So, we must have a team of people who are given specific tasks on the detailing aspect, and on average, one showroom car would have as many as 6 ppl working on different sections of the car.

However, you would need just 1 coordinator, somewhat like the Boss. If he says ok, then your job's done.

You'd be surprise to what extend they go about detailing. If I can remember, there are 120 points to be detailed, including the signal-switch, and the pedal necks.
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Old 03-26-2001, 07:37 AM
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Though the concours/show cars have their teams of detailers and cost no object supplies, what really sets them apart is the paint job itself. 9 out of 10 of those cars have a paint job that has been done by hand, carefully, with far more attention to detail and perfection than any modern factory finish.

As far as what I most frequently see being used on those rare beauties at the various shows... Meguiar's is probably #1, 3M a close 2nd, then Zymol, Griot's, etc lagging a ways back. Remember, the top cars do not even use wax as that covers/dulls the finish. They simply take the cars out of the "bubble" and polish them nearly to death for the brief period outside/in the public view.

Hope this helps,
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Old 04-09-2001, 10:20 PM
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What I use...

I have a 1986 300e with 176,457 miles on it, and the paint looks brand new !!
I used to do detail work, pinstripes , window tint, car cleaning,etc.. I did alot of business around MB dealerships and learned alot about it. I will tell you what I have used, and it works like a charm.
1) I bought a orbital buffer at Home Depot ($29.99). This orbital buffer was made exclusivly for HD, so I dont know who made it. Al I know is that it turns 3500 rpm's, with a .08 amp motor. It works beautifully so far..(have only used it twice so far)If you buy a buffer/sander turning higher rpm's, you will have to be very careful as to not "burn" the paint.(this usually happens around crevices and humps). My buffer turns perfect speed , not too fast or too slow.
2) I bought Meguiar's "Car Polish", this gets out what is IN the paint, remember, polish gets out what is IN the paint, Wax only protects the paint ! After washing my car, I used the polish all over the car, and then wiped off with 100% terry cloth towels.
3) Last, I use Meguiars "High-Tech" yellow wax. This is a great wax, made with pure #1 Carnuba Wax , which I apply by hand, and then wait till dry, and wipe off. Make sure to really shake the bottle of wax, for the carnuba has settled at the bottom and just needs to be shaken. And thats it, it will work great for you too..
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Old 04-19-2001, 03:03 AM
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Meguair's makes some excellent products!

Ever want to clean your entire car w/o washing it. Try their Quik Detailer mist and wipe. Its safe on the finish and you only have to rub off the spray lightly and the dirt is very visable what you wipe off on your cloth. Best of all it doesnt trap the dirt into the paint. It lifts it off. Its great and DOES NOT attract dust.
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Old 04-21-2001, 12:31 AM
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Lee, when you say that the show car is not waxed but polished to death, do you mean that they buff with a polish that is not wax based? Not sure I understand the difference. thanks

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Old 06-03-2001, 02:45 AM
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True show cars, as opposed to street driven cars that are detailed for wash-and-shine shows, are typically not waxed for judging. Wax is used to protect paint, which is not an issue for a show car that is stored when not on display. Wax has the effect of making *truly* show quality paint seem less lustrous. High quality polish is all that is used, and it is given a final buff immediately before the car is judged.

For the rest of the non-trailer queen world, the debate on paint protection is similar to the debate on synthetic vs. dino oil -- each person favors what has served him well in the past. No matter the product chosen, what counts is using it regularly, along with a car cover, to protect the paint and your investment.

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Old 06-03-2001, 09:08 AM
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I have heard that as well. I have also heard of synthetics being used, like Klasse or Zaino.

The only thing about waxes, is Griots Garage Best of show wax. I have heard a lot of people say waxes are no-no for show cars and yet griots garage recomends and claims its wax is used. I dunno <shrug>...
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