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Mike Phillips
Oct 14th, 2008, 12:32 PM
How To Break-in a New Can of M16 (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27884)

Often times the wax in a brand new can of M16 will have an irregular surface. Because you're not supposed to scoop this wax out of the can but instead spin your wax applicator against the surface of the wax in the can you need a flat surface. So the first thing you do when you open a brand new can of M16 is to "Break-in the can of wax".

To do this, take your clean wax applicator pad and basically push/smoosh any high points down and then use the applicator pad to smooth out the top surface of the wax by agitating/spinning your applicator against it until it's flat.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/670/BreakingInACanofM16Wax01.jpg


Note the uplifted and irregular surface of the wax which is normal.
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/670/BreakingInACanofM16Wax02.jpg



Smash down any high points and then smooth out the surface till it's as flat as you can get it.
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/670/BreakingInACanofM16Wax03.jpg


Now your can of wax is ready to use!
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/670/BreakingInACanofM16Wax04.jpg


When you go to remove wax from the can, spin your applicator on the top surface focusing on the outer edges while at the same time spinning or rotating the can with your other hand.

Spinning your applicator against the hard wax will liquefy it enough to allow some wax to seep into your applicator pad.

Spinning or rotating the can at the same time with your other hand will enable you to take the wax down evenly across the surface instead of removing more wax out of the center producing a cone-shape in the center. The better you can keep the surface flat the easier it will be to remove the wax out of the can over time until you get towards the bottom of the can.


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(Sorry about the grease stained hands, been doing some car guy projects on my days off and it's hard to clean all the blackened grunge completely off the surface and out of the pores)

Ryan L.
Oct 14th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Well seeing as that can has been exposed to grease, might as well just send it my way. You know the address...:)

Nice write-up!

Ryan

ColonelCash
Oct 14th, 2008, 12:40 PM
With so many threads about M16, why doesn't Meguiar's start making the product again?

Ryan L.
Oct 14th, 2008, 12:41 PM
With so many threads about M16, why doesn't Meguiar's start making the product again?

It wasn't their choice to stop making it, new rules came about and M16 didn't meet those requirements.

Ryan

mujjuman
Nov 5th, 2008, 03:25 PM
cool tip! this applies to all other paste waxes right?

Mike Phillips
Nov 5th, 2008, 03:55 PM
cool tip! this applies to all other paste waxes right?

Anything new made by Meguiar's, can't speak for other waxes but it should work if the paste wax is hard in the can.

If it's soft like cooking shortening/Crisco or soft butter then you pretty much have to scoop it out of the can and spread it out.

:)

yakky
Nov 6th, 2008, 06:47 AM
I usually use my finger to smooth the wax out, body heat seems to make the wax melt, then whatever is stuck to my finger, I wipe on the pad.

rusty bumper
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:02 PM
If it's soft like cooking shortening/Crisco or soft butter then you pretty much have to scoop it out of the can and spread it out.

:)

My can looks like this.

The Dodge
Aug 1st, 2011, 06:29 AM
Where in God's green earth do I get this M16 everyone is talking so highly about? I have looked high and low and could not track down a P# or any place that is selling it. Did Meguiar's discontinue this product and if so, what is the replacement?

BillyJack
Aug 1st, 2011, 07:46 AM
M16 is still produced, but is unable to be sold in the USA, due to VOC regulations. There are some Canadian sellers on eBay who offer it, or you can put a "wanted" post here in the forum. That's how I get mine.

Bill

Michael Stoops
Aug 1st, 2011, 09:50 AM
Where in God's green earth do I get this M16 everyone is talking so highly about? I have looked high and low and could not track down a P# or any place that is selling it. Did Meguiar's discontinue this product and if so, what is the replacement?
Since the part number, M16, starts with the letter "M" that tells you that this product is (well, was) in our Mirror Glaze Line. M16 Professional Paste Wax was the full name and, yes, we had to stop selling it in the USA due to changing VOC regulations. It can still be found internationally - the guys on the British detailing forum rave about it - but only rarely here domestically when a can or two shows up on ebay.

Great, great stuff but you'd better lay it down really thin or removal can be a wee bit frustrating! A great way to apply it is with a DA spinning a 4" finishing pad - nice, thin, uniform coat that wipes off quite easily.

The Dodge
Aug 1st, 2011, 02:18 PM
So what new product replaces M16?

Michael Stoops
Aug 3rd, 2011, 06:41 AM
There really isn't any one product that would be considered a direct replacement for M16, or at least not designed as such. The closest thing would be M26 High Tech Yellow Wax, but only insofar as it's a carnauba rather than a synthetic wax. But M16 was one of the last of the real old school carnaubas.

Motorsports-X
Apr 21st, 2012, 05:49 PM
what could possibly make a natural carnuba wax not mean VOC regulations???? Frigging government.

ajb39oh
Apr 21st, 2012, 07:03 PM
I think it's the chemicals they put into the wax to be able to spread the carnauba that were not VOC compatible.

ffboy
Jul 29th, 2012, 06:51 PM
Yes, even pre-softened ones since it's very easy to scoop too much product. Usually, some old style hard paste wax may have cracks that look like the wax has gone bad, but pre-softened ones MAY have this appearance. But doing this technique is a must for proper product pick-up and will allow for a more controlled product use and in turn will make the user apply it a lot thinner.