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RPPM
Jun 8th, 2012, 09:21 AM
My wife and I have two dark colored cars, a true red Mazda 3 hatchback, and a pitch black Ford Focus ST. I have always loved dark colored cars, and enjoy trying to take care of them. (Crazy as that may sound) The last year or so,I have been obsessed with durability, don't ask me why, as I will usually spend at least one full day per month from March through November in my garage applying a coat of wax at the very least. This on top of weekly washes followed by either a spray wax, or spray detailer for upkeep. Because of my quest for durability, I have been using Duragloss, Collinite, Klasse, Werkstatt, some of the supposed big hitters in longevity, but also using a lot of Meguiars products.

About 3 weeks ago, I applied via G110V2 some Poorboys polish with Sealant via a polishing pad, and followed up with some Collinite 915 with a finishing pad. The cars looked fine, but something just didn't seem right. I have previously used Collinite 845, and 476, and both are fine products, but they didn't provide the look I wanted. Poorboys advertises their PwS will darken paint, and Collinite 915 is supposed to be better for dark cars because of a higher carnauba content. It just didn't do it for me. My red Mazda 3 looked more orange than red in the sun. My black Focus looked better than the red Mazda, but still not dark enough.

I don't know if any of you have this issue or not, but my wife gets frustrated when I spend these "days" in the garage once a month for 9 months in a row. Maybe this is why I was always looking for products with a reputation for durability. Anyway, she is traveling on business this week, and my kids were able to enjoy the neighborhood pool after school, so I had some free evenings to make hay while the sun was shining so to speak. One problem, one guy who works with me had borrowed my g110V2 a couple weekends ago, and wasn't done with it. So everything was going to have to be done by hand... UGH!

Since both cars paint was in pretty good shape, and were just clayed a couple of weeks ago, my plan of attack was go for the simple products. Some aio's and some finishing waxes.

The 1st "OLD": A12 Liquid Cleaner Wax. I washed both cars, dried, and began applying cleaner wax via Meguiars foam pad. Just like it always has done for years, it went on nice and easy, worked it in a little bit, applied to the entire car, then went back and began removing at the point I 1st applied it. Wow, cars are already looking darker.

Next step, I broke out one of the "NEW", Ultimate Liquid wax. I know the recommended way to apply is to a couple of panels and then wipe off, but I have not had an issue with it streaking, so I applied to the entire car, and then went back and removed from the starting point. Cars are starting to really look nice now, and smooth as a baby's bottom. Called it a night to allow the synthetic wax to fully cure.

Next day, wash one car when I got home from work, (drove it to the office), and called it a night as I got home a little later than I wanted. Besides, I knew I was on a vacation day today, so no need to rush.

This morning, some more of the "OLD" I applied #26 liquid wax to each car, and buffed off, just like I did the 1st two products. Now we are getting somewhere, cars really looking good, and each has a soft, warm glow that carnaubas give, and I really like. Better yet, my red is really RED, and my black is really BLACK :woot2!!!

The last item to really make it pop, some more "NEW", Gold Class Quik Detailer. I am satisfied, and my arms aren't even tired, thanks to Megs being easy on and easy off.

I think i will be trying to mix up more of my extensive collection of Meguiars products in future sessions.

Thank you Meguiars. You made my week!!

Michael Stoops
Jun 8th, 2012, 01:13 PM
That's just a fantastic story, thanks for sharing it! What's really cool is the mix of products you used:

A12 Cleaner Wax - the very first consumer product we ever made, way back in 1973, and it's virtually unchanged today
Ultimate Wax - our latest and most advanced polymer formula fully synthetic wax from our consumer
M26 Hi-Tech Yellow Wax - one of the most loved "old school" waxes in our Mirror Glaze Pro Line
Gold Class Quick Detailer - a new for 2012 product that can do wonders for darkening darker colored paint

Your thread title "Mixing a little old with a little new..." couldn't be more apropos, and we love that you got the results you were after, even going up against what many consider to be some of the best of the "boutique" brands.

One question, though: where are the pictures????? :chuckle1

BlueZero
Jun 8th, 2012, 02:51 PM
That's great!

#26 is still one of my favorite waxes. I just need to find the paste in the pretty metal tin to match my #16. lol

Oh and what Mike said... :showpics:

Meticulous-Detail
Jun 8th, 2012, 04:26 PM
Nice! I love Megs cleaner wax. I just recommended Meg's cleaner wax and Meg's ultimate paste wax to my friend at work for his daily drivers and he was thrilled with the results.

I mix Meg's CW with Collonite 845 for my DD.

PursuitSE
Jun 8th, 2012, 06:13 PM
Gold Class Quick Detailer - a new for 2012 product that can do wonders for darkening darker colored paint


This is so true ! It really makes a night and day difference on my dark blue Pontiac Vibe. I love this new product.

aerogt01
Jun 8th, 2012, 06:23 PM
I can take that 915 off your hands if you don't want it. Lol, jk.

That was a good read and you are right, Megs products almost never fail to disappoint!

ethereal45
Jun 8th, 2012, 08:27 PM
I love A12. I have it in paste and liquid form and I use it all the time on my daily driver. It's just so fast and easy to apply and it comes off easily. It leaves the paint looking great!

RPPM
Jun 9th, 2012, 04:53 AM
Pictures from my phone, sorry for the poor quality.

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Marc08EX
Jun 9th, 2012, 05:42 AM
Your rides are looking mighty nice and shiny, Kris!!!

RPPM
Jun 9th, 2012, 06:26 AM
Thanks Marc! I am still learning, but trying to get better.

Ultraman
Jul 1st, 2012, 03:55 AM
Nice shine! I often use a combination of UPW and #26 as well. I like the depth and durability.