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Side job i did,
Clay bar, then with 6.5in DA buffer griots complete compound, turtle wax black polish and finished with turtle wax graphene wax. Its a friend's suv, 2013 Tucson thats never been in a garage nor really waxed outside of a drive through car wash wax.

Machine DA buffers make fast work of hard jobs.
What do you think of the Turtle Wax Graphene Wax?
 

The ManLaw

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What do you think of the Turtle Wax Graphene Wax?

Just looked at my friends suv I did with that wax, its black and looked cleaner than mine in blue that I washed after hers lol. Next time I wax, im using it on mine. It might be my go to finish wax just from the results I got.

They sent me a video a few days ago of the rain beading off of it cause they were that impressed by it lol.

Currently, CG butter wax is my favorite finish wax but the turtle could change my mind.
 
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Have quite a few products but I'll just leave this here to start...

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Just looked at my friends suv I did with that wax, its black and looked cleaner than mine in blue that I washed after hers lol. Next time I wax, im using it on mine. It might be my go to finish wax just from the results I got.

They sent me a video a few days ago of the rain beading off of it cause they were that impressed by it lol.

Currently, CG butter wax is my favorite finish wax but the turtle could change my mind.
nice
 
I've got a karcher so using below from a local detailing supplier...

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I'm using the fireball range from Korea, Prefoam Hydrophobic snow foam


Will get some pics on the next wash.
 

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I had a bit of free time earlier this week, so I clay barred the car. It needed it after a year and a half. Unfortunately we got hit with some snow the day after I finished, so I couldn't continue with the polish and wax. Instead, I used some Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax for some easy to apply last minute protection until the weather gets better.

Here's a quick video I took. It shows how you know when the paint could use a clay bar treatment. The clayed area (bottom half) is smooth, like running your fingers over glass. The non-clayed area (top half) sounds like I'm running my fingers over sandpaper.


Normally this "test" would be done with a sandwich bag over my hand to ensure I don't accidentally create some swirl marks, but I plan to polish and wax anyway, so no big deal.
 
I had a bit of free time earlier this week, so I clay barred the car. It needed it after a year and a half. Unfortunately we got hit with some snow the day after I finished, so I couldn't continue with the polish and wax. Instead, I used some Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax for some easy to apply last minute protection until the weather gets better.

Here's a quick video I took. It shows how you know when the paint could use a clay bar treatment. The clayed area (bottom half) is smooth, like running your fingers over glass. The non-clayed area (top half) sounds like I'm running my fingers over sandpaper.


Normally this "test" would be done with a sandwich bag over my hand to ensure I don't accidentally create some swirl marks, but I plan to polish and wax anyway, so no big deal.
Did you find that the claybarring caused marring to any degree?
 
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so here's something I have never done. I was cleaning my brothers car and saw the exterior was never washed. So I diluted Chemical Guys Diablo Wheel cleaner with a bit of water and sprayed down the exterior. Did a good job removing all the grim and hasn't seemed to effected the paint in a negative way at all.
 

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so here's something I have never done. I was cleaning my brothers car and saw the exterior was never washed. So I diluted Chemical Guys Diablo Wheel cleaner with a bit of water and sprayed down the exterior. Did a good job removing all the grim and hasn't seemed to effected the paint in a negative way at all.
CG stuff is typically PH balanced so it "shouldnt" effect your brothers paint. Now what I guarantee it did is it stripped away anything remaining that could be helping protect the clear coat. Hopefully you rinsed it very well and applied something to help protect the paint after that or your brother should expect to see fade shortly.
Edit: not necessarily due to your wash but his lack of ever washing/protecting the paint
 

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Did you find that the claybarring caused marring to any degree?

Nothing that's immediately visible, though I know that claybarring always mars the paint to some degree. I claybarred the hood, front fenders, doors, rear bumper and liftgate. The lighting isn't great, but here's a pic from this morning. I washed the car yesterday afternoon. I'm sure that if I looked close enough I could pick out some swirl marks.

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The ManLaw

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Using enough spray while clay barring then hitting it with a fine polish will take care of any swirl marks barring they arent deep scratches. If your paint is newer or you've been taking good care of it, stay away from any cleaning waxes, cutting polishes or what not. And as always, wax with a good wax when you're done!
 

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Using enough spray while clay barring then hitting it with a fine polish will take care of any swirl marks barring they arent deep scratches. If your paint is newer or you've been taking good care of it, stay away from any cleaning waxes, cutting polishes or what not. And as always, wax with a good wax when you're done!

Great advice! I used some leftover Detailer's Pro clay bar lubricant, and when that ran out I used Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer. I also made sure to turn and fold the clay frequently to keep the contact surface of the clay as clean as possible.

I may try to polish/wax the car tomorrow after work. Supposed to be really nice, but our weather is very temperamental and can be quite unpredictable. This week's forecast (in Celsius):

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13 and cloudy today, 19 and sunny tomorrow, then 2 with a chance of snow on Friday. 🤨🤨
 

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This Monday coming up the weather looks good for a few days so I’ll claybar, then hit it with some CG v38. I have a few fine swirl marks from this winter I want to get out. Then I'm going to use the Turtle Wax graphene wax. I like the way it turned out on my friends car and it’s unbelievably easy to apply since you use a damp towel to wipe it. You don't end up with those dried on areas because you were working too slow. lol
 
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Hi everyone, I’ve searched around, but film on windows comes up with mostly tint topics. I recently had some light body work done on my car and just noticed a weird film on the outside of my window and rain visor. They washed my car after the work was done and must have used a dirty rag on my windows and I can’t get it off.

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Windex won’t take it off...Any suggestions how to really clean it off? Thank you!!
 

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