Spray Wax suggestions?

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    Hi

    I have just enjoyed the first full day of being able to clean and (minor) detail my car. It was washed yesterday so today was all about applying Autoglym SRP and then finishing off with a spray wax, then cleaning and detailing the wheels with BMW rim cleaner/tyre shine and cleaning the 'BMW' label on the callipers.

    Looks gleaming, especially with the windows fully cleaned, however my question is what spray wax to get next. My very old Simoniz spray wax has now finished after todays effort, and wondered what people would recommend as a replacement. I would like one with a nice deep showroom style shine, but also one that protects the polish applied underneath it.

    Any suggestions welcome! Thanks!
     
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    I use Auto finesse tough coat, very easy to use and durable its still beading well after 3 months
     
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    You are entering a minefield of much complexity ultimately the branding is only as good as the preparation, application & technique
    Spray waxing is probably not the best care after polishing, certainly not good for longevity of the effort taken to polish.

    A good technique to achieve lasting results would be wash clay, Polish and wax ............

    As a middle ground, I was introduced to the Autosmart product range and now highly recommend Topaz, hard to describe as polish wax or sealant, though if ground work is laid acts as a very good glaze on top of maintained paintwork though has little by way of the filling properties that your SRP has.

    I am working through their range and have now acquired the car shampoo, Topaz & their platinum wax though yet to use as still using other products

    Topaz is very easily used, both on and off and has no whitening effects To plastics or trim, can be reapplied as often as the car is washed

    I'll answer your initial question as what wax...... Any product in the collinite range though strictly not a spray wax and difficult to apply and remove if not used to the product


    Btw ! We love pictures here, Nothing beats wash day feeling!
     
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    I'm a convert to Topaz too, for easy of use etc.

    Going into Winter, look also at Collinite 476S as here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collinite-476s-Super-Double-Coat/dp/B002P3ZO2E [other retailers are available, eg the 'Bay ;) ]
    More difficult to apply/buff off but the results should several months - less is more with this stuff, use too much and it's Hell to buff up [think.....arms like Popeye :D ].

    And, as Sean said ^^, PICS!! :whistle:
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I usually snap a couple after a 'big clean', and after such an effort I then found out the 5D battery was dead. Providing no rain tomorrow I'll take a few photos, and even if it has rained I should see lots of beading!
     
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    IMG_0875.jpg IMG_0876.jpg IMG_0878.jpg IMG_0881.jpg
     
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    Am another who likes and uses Topaz , TBH I find Spray Waxes more of a faff to apply than normal ones with no real time saving when applying but that s just me, each to there own I m also a big fan of Collinite 915 Marque De Elegance on top of Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection for winter .:)
     
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    Looks lovely, but can't use the words "minor detail" when the inside of those rims are so mucky! ;)

    Bodywork looks nice though.
     
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    You caught me on the wheels! I stopped after giving the face of them a wash and polish, I'll never be one to go further than that on alloys, just like I don't think I'll ever 'detail' the engine bay!
     
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    Ha ha - my engine-bay is much cleaner than the outside bodywork. :ROFLMAO:

    What does that say about me, then? - Don't answer that! :p
     
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    How often do you clean your engine bay? I've tried to keep mine clean but at 146,000 miles it's fighting a losing battle against the sand/dust that always gathers in there. I enquired about steam cleaning the bay once but was told it wasn't worth it due to potential damage to the electrical bits. I didn't pursue it further.
     
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    It's not difficult or time-consuming at all - I do it thoroughly only once (or at most twice) a year - the effect of the Autoglym Engine & Machine Cleaner, followed by AG Vinyl and Rubber Care gives a 'crud-repellent' finish to the entire engine including the inner wings and bulkhead paintwork.

    When I wash the car normally I give the engine bay a quick simple rinse with the hose set to 'sprinkle' - no need for any high-pressure hosing or cleaning products at all - any dust, grit or dead flies don't stick to the engine-bay, but just wash away easily without any brushing or wiping needed.

    I've never had any problem doing this on any car for the last 20 years - if you're worried about any electrical components then you could cover them with cling-film which is what I had to do with the alternator and distributor on petrol engines in the old days when such things were very much more exposed.

    I wouldn't dream of having any steam-cleaning process.

    I take it you've read my post in the thread 'Detailing under the bonnet'? The round paint brush is a good tip.

    Lidl's 'Multi-Purpose Degreaser' - the one in the orange trigger-spray bottle - is a decent cheaper alternative to the AG stuff, efficient at cleaning - but doesn't leave any long lasting repellent effect.
     
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    Just found the post Singvogel and that's the picture I had in my mind - I knew I'd seen it before somewhere! I have only ever cleaned the bay with a damp cloth so I might pop to Halfords to get some Autoglym stuff for the man cave.

    Incidentally - how does one explain to the wife that you'd like to spend time cleaning the car? I got told off for doing an oil change within 30 minutes as if that was slow!

    I'm itching to use my machine polisher - I'll only update my avatar when I have a decent picture to show.
     
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    I use the above, but only as a top up of protection in between proper waxing. It's an easy use spray sealant that lasts very well
     
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    I will be using Auto Finesse Finale in between washes. Very easy to use.
     

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