Waxes, sealants, ceramics - Don't over think it

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Lots of threads/questions on waxes, sealants etc. I realized today that I as way over-thinking this and most of you are too. Unless you're a pro, it almost doesn't matter, here's why....

Except for long winter periods I think most of us wash our cars at least every 2 months if not every 2 - 4 weeks. As you look at the online video reviews, you see 'torture tests' where they are comparing products side by side on a panel, most notably Turtle Wax Sean N' Shine, Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray and Meguiars. Without exception it seems to take the torture tests 3-5 washes with chemical cleaners, degreasers, and before a noticeable difference is seen. Really? I think most of us are enjoying topping/refreshing after most washes so they never really get to the point of degrading that is seen in the durability/torture tests.

I just washed my car and tested the TW Seal N' Shine, TW Hybrid Ceramic Spray and my favorite, Aquawax. - No discernable difference, and I expect I wouldn't see one through 3-5 regular washes either. Oh, the new Aquawax contentrate is the Duragloss Rinseless Wash with Aquawax and can be used as a spray detail, but with the added Aquawax I used it as a traditional spray wax after washing, though I expect it works well as a wax-as-you-dry with one $32 gallon of concentrate will make several hundred 32oz spray bottles

This was not meant to be a "what's the best product" thread, but OMG, look at what it took to remove the $10 & $15 Walmart products! I can't believe that many of us wouldn't have re-applied some sort of spray protection way before it gets to this. Just keep it simple with regular washing and maintenance.


Short version - most of us wash and spray so often it almost doesn't matter which you choose. Maybe start with a ceramic spray as a base and just use any other product after every 2-3 washes. Think about it, hasn't most of your cars looked pretty good many years later with regular cleaning?
 
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Thanks for posting, I've been privately thinking the same thing. Planning to do a wash and wax of my new 2021 (eternal blue mica) this weekend before winter. IronX? Ceramic coatings? Clay bar? Nope. Just Meguiar's car wash soap and a good coat of One Grand Blitz carnauba wax.

After that, will probably just use touchless car washes when it's warm enough, and Meguiar's Ultimate Waterless Wash and Wax. I don't have time for all that other stuff.....
 
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I use the Turtle Wax spray 12 month formula and have been very pleased. I apply it maybe once every 6-8 months, otherwise the dealership just washes the car every 2mo for me with my oil changes.
 
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I know I said this was not meant to be a "which product" thread, but I can't resist. How about this, after application of "improved" SnS, and cleaning after with, Reset Shampoo, Iron remover, 2 rounds of degreaser, heavy duty all purpose cleaner. improved version


 

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Thanks for your opinion. I'm sure we can all think for ourselves and decide how we want to maintain our cars, but it is always very helpful to hear how others approach the subject.
 
Except for long winter periods I think most of us wash our cars at least every 2 months if not every 2 - 4 weeks.
I think most of us are enjoying topping/refreshing after most washes so they never really get to the point of degrading that is seen in the durability/torture tests.
Ican't believe that many of us wouldn't have re-applied some sort of spray protection way before it gets to this. Just keep it simple with regular washing and maintenance.
It is obvious you live in Phoenix based on your post.
There are vast swaths of the country that can't physically wash a vehicle and apply protection "every 2 to 4 weeks." The weather and temperatures simply don't allow it.
 
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Fortunately, I live in Arizona so hard freezing for several months is not an issue but due to the elevation in my part of the state, it is often very uncomfortable washing a car but it isn't impossible.

However, I remember those places that I have lived in the past that if you got a car wash, your doors handles wouldn't work very well until you got your car back into your garage where, hopefully, it might be warm enough to get them operating normally again.

When I wax, I only use a pure Carnauba wax. It has to be pure because some of the Carnauba products have cleaners in them. Not for me.

Pure Carnauba offers the best shine but more importantly, it does not remove any of the vehicle's clear coat.

Yes, with pure Carnauba, you have to apply it more often but then again, it goes on easy and wipes off easy. Also, nothing fills in those tiny spider web scratches to give a fabulous shine like pure Carnauba does.

I won't go into the importance of proper washing as that's another subject just as important as the wax protection you use after the wash.

Since this post is about not overthinking what you use to protect the finish of your vehicle, PURE Carnauba is about as simple as it gets.

Our thin clear coats on the new cars these days need to be babied. Using pure Carnauba does just that.
 
Yep, we all are different and have different needs and wants. Pure Carnauba wax or wax variants, as David stated longevity is usually the Achilles heel. Not even getting into if the wax has any UV protection ( additives). Plus you can not get that stuff on plastic trim ( don't forget to protect that too). Guess if you love to wax on and wax off every month, go for it and protect it...
Really the take away here is just ensuring you always have a good level exterior protection, you execute a safe and proper prep & maintenance process (not car washes and touchless) . The other "simple" goal here is not to exposure your pure clear coat to the nasty natural elements and all the road debris, chemicals, metals, and contaminates ...& more...
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