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Old 01-29-2004, 00:47   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone!

OK, there are too many options, and I don't know which way to go.

My Black GTP is 6 months old, and it's probably time to give it a polish.

Of course, I'm only going to use Meguiars products, but which ones?

Do I use:

1. Scratch X then Gold Class Wax; or

2. Paint Cleaner then Wetlook Polymer Sealant; or

3. Paint Cleaner then Cleaner Wax Paste; or

4. Paint Cleaner then Deep Crystal Polish then Deep Crystal Wax: or

5. The new Colour Boost Car Wax?

Thanks in advance for your advice / experiences / help!
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Re: Polishing a Black GTP

Wash first , then paint cleaner , polish , then wax
On the wax thing , I used to use Maguirs gold class ( liquid ) but now use Mothers.
Its a paste and a bit more effort is required , but the finish kills Maguirs hands down.

Every 6 months , I use paint cleaner to strip the wax , and go through the same process again
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Re: Polishing a Black GTP

If I was using Meguiars, *I* would:
Wash
clay
scratch X
paint cleaner
wet look polymer ( optional )
gold class wax

The protection from the polymer is much better than the wax, so use the polymer ( I'd put 2 or 3 layers on it ) for a protective layer, and then a coat of wax to beautify it.

But then again I wouldnt use exclusively Meguiars stuff.....
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I would recomend for your paint, which has clear coat, in this order.
1. Gold Class Wash,
2. Gold Class Paint cleaner/Swirl remover,
3. Gold Class wax.
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I would recomend for your paint, which has clear coat, in this order.
1. Gold Class Wash,
2. Gold Class Paint cleaner/Swirl remover,
3. Gold Class wax.

Agreed. No need to go overboard with 6 different products!

Besides, your car is black like mine. The moment you leave your driveway it will rain anyhow
(Happened to me today. No rain for weeks, drive out of the driveway after it not moving since Sunday and it pours down before I get out of the street!)
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Hi everyone!

OK, there are too many options, and I don't know which way to go.

My Black GTP is 6 months old, and it's probably time to give it a polish.

Of course, I'm only going to use Meguiars products, but which ones?

Do I use:

1. Scratch X then Gold Class Wax; or

2. Paint Cleaner then Wetlook Polymer Sealant; or

3. Paint Cleaner then Cleaner Wax Paste; or

4. Paint Cleaner then Deep Crystal Polish then Deep Crystal Wax: or

5. The new Colour Boost Car Wax?

Thanks in advance for your advice / experiences / help!
There is no need to use clay on a brand new car.
Maybe once every 12-18 months, but its there to get major surface contaminants off, not for every time you polish the car.
Which for me is 1/4erly.
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Re: Polishing a Black GTP

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I would recomend for your paint, which has clear coat, in this order.
1. Gold Class Wash,
2. Gold Class Paint cleaner/Swirl remover,
3. Gold Class wax.
Gold class paint cleaner will not remove swirls. It is a chemical paint cleaner designed to remove wax and oils to prepare the paint for a fresh layer of polymer or wax. To remove swirls you must use an abrasive polish to abrade them out. Thus Scratch X or something simialr.


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There is no need to use clay on a brand new car.
Maybe once every 12-18 months, but its there to get major surface contaminants off, not for every time you polish the car.
Which for me is 1/4erly.
Why not clay a new car? It wont hurt the paint work and will provide a super smooth base by removing any "bits" so you can start protecting spotless, perfect paint surface. No point applying a polymer or wax over crud....I am not saying clay it all the time, but at least yearly.
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Well they Market it as Gold Class Clear Coat Prep & Swirl Reducer, it will remove fine swirls.

And if you want perfect pain, get rid of the factory paint, to start with.
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I wont bother anymore, seems I am never right.....although I have been detailing cars for 2 years.
Cheers.
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Re: Polishing a Black GTP

I'd use option 4 on a black car. I wouldn't use scratch-X or similar on a new car until it actually has scratches &/or swirls.

PS Don't forget to use good polishing clothes etc to help prevent swirls from happening in the first place.
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