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Old 07-16-2006, 02:55 AM
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Favorite "Once A Year Polish" ?

And the vehicle in question is in my signature. Suspect age and model may influence remarks.

Thanks for your time.
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Old 07-16-2006, 01:50 PM
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There isn't one.

Unless of course the car is garaged and driving infrequently and never in bad weather then you could possibly stretch one of the good sealants (Klasse, Glanz, Zaino, AutoGlym, Meguiars #20, etc) to a year.

4-6 Months is more likely unfortunately.
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:53 PM
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Once a year wax

I've used, forget the exact name, but I think it's Nu Tone? Get it at most auto parts places or Wal mart. Been rated for several years either at the top or close to the top of Consumer Reports ratings. Anything that beads the water up should be fine. My problem is what do you use to get the wax off of the black rubber trim pieces? The wax (any wax) will turn white on the black parts. I'd previously tried Mother's Back to Black, but didn't see much value in it. In fact, it was so bad, I took it back. Wax is just hard to take off of rubber trim.
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:13 PM
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The SD is on the once a year wax plan. This is her seconed year with me and I may wax her again.

It doesn't hurt the paint to much, you can probably get away with it for a couple of years before you start to notice some serious fading.

It depends on what you are looking for.
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:18 PM
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I've used, forget the exact name, but I think it's Nu Tone? Get it at most auto parts places or Wal mart. Been rated for several years either at the top or close to the top of Consumer Reports ratings. Anything that beads the water up should be fine. My problem is what do you use to get the wax off of the black rubber trim pieces? The wax (any wax) will turn white on the black parts. I'd previously tried Mother's Back to Black, but didn't see much value in it. In fact, it was so bad, I took it back. Wax is just hard to take off of rubber trim.

You mean "Nu Finish". Its OK.
If you want something that will not stain your trim then try a wax like NXT or go to your local NAPA autostore and get Duragloss AW (Aquawax). Also waxes like Mother's FX, Eagle one waxasUdry, S100, P21S, Pinnacle and the ones I mentioned in the post above DO NOT stain trim.

Wax Blaster gets rid of the residue on trim if you have a wax that stains.
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Old 07-18-2006, 09:09 AM
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I've noticed 303 Aerospace will take my carnuba wax off the black trim.
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Old 07-18-2006, 10:37 AM
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Anyone know if there is any harm in polishing everytime I wax? As in every month or so? Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:11 PM
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Anyone know if there is any harm in polishing everytime I wax? As in every month or so? Thanks.
No not really.

There are some aggressive compounds that when used with a machine will rid the paint of deep scratches and swirl marks. This kind of polishing could do harm over time as you eat into you clear coat or paint.
However, most of the over the counter polishes out there with names like finishing glazes, light swirl removers, light scratch removers or chemical paint cleaners. Some hide the imperfections, others blend them into the paint. But these are all so mild that it would probably take you a very very long time to wear down even 0.1mm of clear coat by hand or with a random orbital.

But to save yourself all the extra work you can cut down your polishing needs by simply maintaining your wax/sealant coverage.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:12 PM
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I've noticed 303 Aerospace will take my carnuba wax off the black trim.

You know I have been using 303 for 5 years now and I have never even thought of that DOH!
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