View Full Version : Tried waxing a car but left streaks?

May 25th, 2010, 06:00 PM
I tried waxing a car today with NXT Tech Wax 2.0 with the purple pad it comes with. First i washed the car good and then clay bar'd it. Then i put the wax on, a thin coat.. let it dry for about 15 - 20 mins. I goto use a micro fiber towel to wipe it off, and it looked like it left streaks/ weird filmy looking stuff and i couldnt get it off?

any idea's what I did wrong or what it could be?
sorry didnt get to take pics..

May 25th, 2010, 06:09 PM
Did you do the swipe test? - swipe a waxed section with your finger... If the swipe is clear e.g. no smearing or streaking, then your safe to remove the wax. If the wax isn't done drying, it can cause the finish to streak or haze.

May 25th, 2010, 07:01 PM
Go back over the finish with a fresh micro fiber, and the streaks should be 100% gone.

May 25th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Probably applied too thick, didnt dry enough.

The paint may have need more prep as well to aid with the application/removal.

Short of starting over, you can try a QD and wipe down, you can try a second coat of wax, or you can try washing.

Nothing permanent, just annoying too look at.

May 25th, 2010, 07:09 PM
yeah it is really annoying lol i did try a new towel didnt help at all. and i didnt do the swipe test i forgot lol

May 25th, 2010, 07:47 PM
I get that alot with #21, uqw, and nxt.:scratchhead1

May 25th, 2010, 07:56 PM
yeah, we must be doin something wrong.. prob not letting it dry long enough or to heavy of a coat.. but this one i did real thin.. ???

May 25th, 2010, 07:58 PM
I know that Meguiar's officially recommends 15-20 minutes dry time for NXT before buffing, but more than a few people, as evidenced in this forum, do encounter problems like these if they remain within this time limit. On the other hand, those who apply thin coats and allow 30-45 minutes drying time before buffing off do not seem to have any problems with streaking.

I think the lesson is: let the wax dry well!

May 25th, 2010, 08:02 PM
I think the 2.0 products take a little longer to dry.

However, with UQW, if you can see it, its pretty much too thick and will be harder to remove.

Fly Bye
May 25th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Go back over it with quick detailer and a micro fiber. That should take care of it.

May 25th, 2010, 08:21 PM
Go back over it with quick detailer and a micro fiber. That should take care of it.
Yeah I did that. still there.. kinda weird.. I'll just rewash it and try again.

Fly Bye
May 25th, 2010, 08:59 PM
As already mentioned, wax it again. Another thin layer of wax should pick up the residue when used accordingly.

Andy M.
May 25th, 2010, 10:10 PM
Always remember "like removes like" I am guessing also that you either put to heavy of a coat of wax on or you didn't let it dry long enough. Factors such as temp and humidity are also factors when it comes to using Meguiars products or anyone elses for that matter. I have had issues with thi "streaking" before and normally after a second wipe they are gone.


Fly Bye
May 25th, 2010, 10:16 PM
"like removes like"


J. A. Michaels
May 26th, 2010, 01:13 AM
Did you shake the product vigorously before and during application?

Also sounds like applied to thick, and did not wait long enough for product to dry.

Apply thin second coat, do the swipe test, remove. Shake product well, before and during application.

May 26th, 2010, 06:21 AM
alright thanks