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    Some newb qns

    Hi, this is my first time waxing my ride personally, and i have settled for Meg's after scouring the net for reviews. Currently got myself the Gold class shampoo & conditioner, Gold class wax, #5 new car glaze and Metal Polisher

    -First of all, what is #5 New Car Glaze considered as? it seems to dull the paint so i suspect it cleaner polish??
    -Is it ok to let the polish dry for 1hr plus while doing the whole car, then followed by a wash instead of wipe? i find polishing followed by wiping very inconvenient and it also causes ALOT of dust. and for some reason my car seems to be a high powered dust magnet

    -Whats the proper method to reapply a new layer of wax lets say after 2 weeks? Can i just wash then wax? will the first layer of wax be affected/dull?

    -It rains tons over here. Been raining for the past 2 days and i have washed the car thrice alrdy. Lets say it drizzles and there are water droplets everywhere, wats the proper method to remove with the least intrusion into the wax?

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    I am not sure what you mean by 'dulls' the paint.. it is a pure polish, with no cleaning, or abrasive parts.

    What you may be finding is that you need a little more prep work, like a paint cleaner, and clay bar if possible. You should add something like Deep Crystal #1, and the Smooth Surface Clay Kit into your routine if possible. Give these couple links a good read over.

    Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle

    Step 1 Wash

    Step 2 Clean

    Step 3 Polish

    Step 4 Protect

    Step 5 Maintain

    Suggested Products for Taking Care of a New Car

    As for your questions..

    1. Meguiars does not recomend letting the polishes dry. This makes them hard to remove, and probably causes your dusting problem. Also, if you were to wash, you would probably be washing away most of the polish. You should apply to a section at a time, maybe a panel or two, then wipe off.

    2. You have two options. You can wash and use a spray wax, or wash and apply a regular coat of wax. If you are going to apply a regular coat of wax, be sure the surface is very clean. I think the Spray Wax tends to be a little safer, as far as causing any accidental swirls, as you can apply it more gently in my opinion.

    How to Get Great Results Using Meguiar's Spray Waxes

    3. If the car is relatively clean, just wet, then you can get a quick detail product, and mist and wipe it over the surface. What part of the world are you in... You can use Quick Detailer or Nxt Detailer, but buying something in bulk might be good, if possible for you.


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    Hi, thx for your reply. I dont know if im using the wrong technique with the #5 or what, but it dries extremely fast.
    what i did is i would visually seperate my boot into 4 sections and work on it individually. i use a B&D buffer with generous amounts of the polish, but once i finished, put down the buffer and take my cloth, half the polish alrdy hardens. i then use moderate amounts of force to wipe it off, but that section does not gloss as much as the one that is unpolished

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    Hi top_cat87

    Welcome to Meguiar's Online


    (Good answers Murr1525)



    One note on the M05 question,

    Originally posted by top_cat87

    -First of all, what is #5 New Car Glaze considered as? it seems to dull the paint so i suspect it cleaner polish??


    -Is it ok to let the polish dry for 1hr plus while doing the whole car, then followed by a wash instead of wipe? i find polishing followed by wiping very inconvenient and it also causes ALOT of dust. and for some reason my car seems to be a high powered dust magnet


    #5 New Car Glaze is a fast drying pure polish formulated to be used in humid climates where using a product like #7 Show Car Glaze can be slower and more difficult. This product came out in the 1950's when the commonly sprayed paints were lacquers and enamels. It can be used on modern clear coat finishes but probably a better choice for ease of use with less dusting problems would be Deep Crystal Polish.

    The dusting you experienced is part of the fast drying features built-into the product.

    The Deep Crystal Polish and the #7 Show Car Glaze pure polishes are dramatically much wetter and used correctly don't ever really dry, simply apply, work in and then wipe off.


    It would be helpful for you to read the 5-Step Paint Care Cycle as it goes over the 5 different steps and the products used with these steps. I'll post it below...
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    Originally posted by top_cat87
    Hi, thx for your reply. I dont know if im using the wrong technique with the #5 or what, but it dries extremely fast.
    what i did is i would visually separate my boot into 4 sections and work on it individually. i use a B&D buffer with generous amounts of the polish, but once i finished, put down the buffer and take my cloth, half the polish already hardens. i then use moderate amounts of force to wipe it off, but that section does not gloss as much as the one that is unpolished
    Yep.

    See my post above.

    Get yourself some Deep Crystal Polish and repeat the above process you outlined using it. After applying it, wipe it off with a clean, soft microfiber polishing cloth and then go straight to wax.

    Remember, more is not always better, instead use an ample amount to lay down a thin, even coating. This will waste less product and make removal easier while still accomplishing the goal.
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    Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle
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    What's the difference between polish and wax?
    (Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle)

    There is a lot of confusion about the difference between a polish, and a wax. Many companies are marketing waxes and paint protectants as polishes and glazes and the terms have become almost interchangeable.

    Professionals know there is a big difference.

    Meguiar's is a true polish manufacture. That is, unlike many of our competitors that can only offer you a few products for cars with cured paint, Meguiar's product range runs from the highest quality finishing papers in the industry, to state-of-the-art pure synthetic paint protectants, to everything in-between.

    Example: Most companies only offer the following products:

    * Car wash
    * Pre-wax cleaner
    * One or two waxes (usually some type of natural wax or polymer/silicone synthetic protectant)
    * Multi-surface vinyl protectant

    And sometimes one or more of the following:

    * Some type of wheel cleaner, leather treatment, or tire dressing.


    Because they offer such a limited selection, and often times don't even manufacture the products themselves, they really have no expertise when it comes to formulating complex products that professionals require as an intricate part of performing their job duties as skilled craftsman. This is why frequently you will see a product whose purpose is to protect the paint labeled as a polish.

    Instead of merely defining the difference between a polish and a wax, below you will find the Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle and the products and procedures for each of the 5 steps.

    Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle


    The 5-step paint care cycle outlines the 5 basic but important procedures and the accompanying products that enable you to restore and maintain a show car shine on your car's finish.

    Below are the 5 categories of products including pure polishes and cleaner/polishes as they are placed in the 5-step paint care cycle.

    The 5-Step Paint Care Cycle includes:

    Step-1 Washing


    Washing removes loose surface dirt and loose contaminants that have not yet bonded to the surface. All Meguiar's wash products are specially formulated to clean well without stripping wax protection or dulling and drying out all paint types. All Meguiar's washes also contain special conditioning agents that leave behind a slick, high gloss surface.

    Because most people wash their car more than any other procedure, it's important to use a car wash solution that is specifically formulated for the unique chemistry used to make modern clear coats. Above all, avoid using common dish washing detergents because these products are extremely harsh and tend to dull the finish down with each use. Dish soaps are also hard on other materials and components such as rubber, vinyl and plastics, remember, when you wash your car with dish soap everything is subjected to the dulling and drying effects high alkaline soaps cause to your vehicle.



    Step-2 Cleaning or Surface Prep


    Surface Prep includes both paint cleaning (not to be confused with the washing step), and claying the finish (with a clay bar). To help you accomplish these two steps, Meguiar's offers a number of safe but effective paint cleaners and an easy to use clay bar kit that includes everything you need to clay your car's finish.

    Paint Cleaners
    This includes highly specialized Compounds and Paint Cleaners, which utilize both microscopic and macroscopic diminishing abrasives? technology. Meguiar's has pioneered and led the industry in diminishing abrasive technology since 1901. Over the course of these many years, Meguiar's has developed more formulas than any other company for performing the delicate procedure of removing a defect in the paint, while at the same time, removing as little paint as humanly possible during the process.

    Meguiar's diminishing abrasive technology is one of Meguiar's most guarded secrets that is so highly sought after by our competitors and which completely separates us from the rest of the competition when you look at the results with your own two eyes. Our abrasive products, correctly used, leave the surface looking as though it were just polished, not as though it were just scoured with a compounded.

    Note: Meguiar's Compounds, Paint Cleaners, Cleaner/Polishes and Pure Polishes don't need to dry before removing them. The idea is to apply them, work them against and into the finish and then remove them. Only Meguiar's Waxes need to dry out of all the paint care products in the Meguiar's Line of products.

    Out of all the procedures in the 5-step paint care cycle, cleaning is the most important procedure because the results from your cleaning step will determine the end result for the polishing and protecting steps.

    "A surface won't go clear until it comes clean"

    It is vitally important that all bonded contaminants, surface imperfections, oxidation, pore-embedding stains, and built-up road grime, etc. first be removed in order to bring the finish to it's highest potential for clarity, gloss, depth and shine.

    Applying a wax, whether it's synthetic, natural or a blend of both, to a neglected surface that has not been properly cleaned and then polished, will merely act to seal or lock the contaminants to the finish, and will do nothing to improve, or remove the other defects and in most cases will only marginally improve gloss, shine and reflectivity.


    Clay Bar Technology
    Clay bar technology evolved as a natural reaction to the need that arose for a way to safely remove bonded contaminants from clear coat paints without resorting to traditional rubbing or polishing compounds and the resulting scratches caused by the sharp, hard abrasive typically used in these formulas.

    In the old days, if you found overspray or any type of unwanted substance on the hood, roof or deck lid of your car that washing didn't remove, you could simply go to the garage and grab any old compound, and together with a rag, you could quickly remove the offending contaminants. After that you could simply apply just about any companies wax and presto-chango, the problem was gone.

    Not so simple anymore.

    If your were to perform that same procedure to a modern clear coat today, you would see a horrible looking scratched-up mess everywhere you applied the compound, and the wax would do nothing to cover the scratches up.


    Enter the Clay bar
    Clay bars are non-abrasive bars of synthetic clay called Polyclay. They are somewhat like a high-tech version of Play-Doh?. They work in three easy steps:

    1) - First you mold the clay bar into a pancake-looking flat wafer
    2) - Second you lubricate the finish with a spray lubricant like Meguiar's Quik Detailer
    3) - Third you then rub the clay bar back and forth across the paint (somewhat like a bar of soap against your arm)

    That's it! You are now claying your car's finish. As you're doing this, the clay bar will grab onto, lift, and pullout the contaminants that have bonded to the surface of your finish.

    Generally speaking for most cars, only the horizontal surfaces need to be clayed, as it is the horizontal surfaces that contaminants tend to land on and if not removed within a reasonable period of time will then bond tightly to the surface. For extremely neglected vehicles, you can always evaluate the vertical surfaces and if need be, clay them too.

    One important thing to keep in mind, if a vehicle's finish has bonded contaminants, it is highly likely that it also has below surface defects, for example, pore-embedding stains. For this reason, Meguiar's recommends for best possible results, always use a paint cleaner after claying to insure the finish is clean both on top of the surface as well as below the surface.



    Step-3 Polishing



    Meguiar's offers two types of polishes, Cleaner Polishes and Pure Polishes. Cleaner Polishes are for removing very light or fine defects while restoring a crystal clear, smooth high gloss surface. Pure polishes are for finishes already in excellent condition and are for the purpose or creating brilliant high gloss with deep dark reflections.

    If you look in Webster's Dictionary under the word polish, one of the definitions they include reads like this:

    "A preparation that is used to produce gloss, and often color for the protection and decoration of a surface."

    This definition best describes Meguiar's Pure Polishes. Meguiar's pure polishes are designed to create brilliant high gloss while preparing the surface for the application of a protective coating. Meguiar's pure polishes accomplish this without the use of abrasives.


    Another definition found in Webster's Dictionary for polish is,

    "To make smooth and glossy by friction."

    This definition best describes Meguiar's Cleaner/Polishes. Meguiar's cleaner polishes are formulated to very gently abrade the surface with Meguiar's Diminishing Abrasive TM and Buffered Abrasive TM technology to remove the finest defects and create a perfectly smooth, high gloss finish.

    Depending on what type of paint you're working on, traditional paints like lacquers and enamels, or catalyzed clear coats, Meguiar's has the products specifically designed to work on both types of paints, not to mention many other surfaces such as plastics and polyester resins (Fiberglas Gel-coats).


    Meguiar's Trade Secret Polishing Oils
    The trade secret oils Meguiar's uses in both types of polishes are unique to the industry and to this day have never been surpassed for creating deep, dark reflections and brilliant high gloss by any of our competitors in over 100 years.

    The oils Meguiar's uses are also important in maintaining the original condition of the paint by filling in the naturally occurring microscopic pores and surface imperfections thus preventing detrimental substances and elements as simple as water, or worse, acid-rain, from entering into these pores and microscopic surface imperfections thus causing oxidation and chemical etching. These oils act to replace the original resins as they wear away through natural processes.

    When paint is new, it is the most impermeable it will ever be, this means it is a very smooth non-porous, continuous film. With age, exposure to the environment and micro-scratching caused by day-in, day-out wear and tear, your paint develops micro-fissures in the surface along with other defects. These micro-fissures and other defects act to make the continuous film or coating of paint more porous. As this happens, your car's finish becomes more vulnerable to corrosive elements that will attack and degrade your finish.


    Remember, waxes, synthetic or otherwise, are meant to be Sacrificial Barriers with the intended purpose sealing the surface, while blocking those things that would attack your paint, from coming into direct contact with the paint.

    "Waxes protect your finish by sacrificing themselves so that your paint doesn't have to"

    An analogy is your skin. In the same way you can clean, polish and protect your skin, you can clean, polish and protect your car's finish. Soap can be used to clean your skin and remove dirt from the pores. Skin lotions can be used to moisturize your skin, conditioning it and making it more clear and beautiful. Protection products like lotions used to protect hands from exposure to chemicals and UV protectants can be applied to help protect your skin from the things that would attack your skin if these harmful things could come into direct contact with your skin.

    While human skin and automotive paint are very different, the analogy is very similar. With Meguiar's, you can:

    * Wash your car's finish to remove unwanted and accumulated dirt contaminants
    * Clean your paint with our special paint cleaners and cleaner/polishes
    * Polish your paint with our pure polishes to create unequaled beauty
    * Protect your paint with our advanced paint protection products
    * Maintain your car's finish using our fast and easy to use maintenance products.


    The unique thing about Meguiar's highly specialized trade secret oils is their ability to restore and maintain the Optical Clarity of both single stage and clear coat paints in a way that waxes alone cannot match, (both natural and synthetic), the results of which are demonstrated in side-by-side comparisons.


    Note: Meguiar's Compounds, Paint Cleaners, Cleaner/Polishes and Pure Polishes don't need to dry before removing them. The idea is to apply them, work them against and into the finish and then remove them. Only Meguiar's Waxes need to dry out of all the paint care products in the Meguiar's Line of products.



    Step-4 Protecting


    Paint protection products (waxes by any other name), whether they are based on natural ingredients or synthetic ingredients (or a blend of both) provide a protective film, or Sacrificial Barrier (as mentioned above) against Mother Nature and other detrimental or corrosive substances. Without this sacrificial barrier, your finish is susceptible to attack at any time, as harmful or corrosive substances come into direct contact with the surface.

    This brings up the topic of Water Beading. While most people use the visual indicator of water beading on the surface to mean their finish is protected... it is actually only an indicator of High Surface Tension.

    High Surface Tension does not automatically mean the coating that has been applied is actually providing any real or meaningful protective characteristics.

    Meguiar's R & D department has decades of expertise in creating the most advanced polymer-based formula's made from state-of-the-art engineered synthetic polymers, which are able to evenly cross-link very tightly to the surface and offer real protection on a multitude of surfaces against a multitude of attacks. Our products can also achieve optimal cross-linking within 15 to 20 minutes after application allowing the excess product to be removed shortly thereafter.

    Some of Meguiar's polymer-based waxes include:

    Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax
    #20 Polymer Sealant
    Medallion Premium Paint Protection
    Gold Class Clear Coat Car Wax
    Meguiar's Cleaner/Wax
    Marine Flagship


    Even our Spray Waxes contain high performance, engineered synthetic polymers, as do some of our Car Wash products.

    Besides acting as sacrificial barriers to protect the underlying surface, a premium wax can also increase the visual appearance of a finish. Many of Meguiar's waxes will not only provide better protection than the competition, but will also:

    * Increase optical clarity and distinction of image (D.O.I.)
    * Enhance and increase the reflective characteristics of medium to dark color finishes
    * Add shine and slickness
    * Create wet-looking gloss
    * Fill-in and hide swirls and scratches
    * Provide the most UV protection available
    * Offer water sheeting action, or water beading action (depending on the wax)


    Choosing the right wax for your finish and your unique circumstances is something our Surface Care Experts would love to help you determine. Just call our Customer Care Hotline and talk to a knowledgeable technician to help you make the right choice.



    Step-5 Maintaining


    Maintenance products, like our Quik Detailer, and our Quik Wax, allow you quickly clean your car and restore that just waxed look in just a matter of minutes... practically anywhere.



    Meguiar's Quik Detailer removes fresh contaminants before they have a chance to bond or etch into the surface.

    Meguiar's Quik Wax quickly and easily boosts your already existing wax protection while turning your finish dramatically darker and increasing shine and gloss.



    Meguiar's actually invented the concept of a mist and wipe product for consumers back in the early-80's with the introduction of their mist & wipe product called "Trigger Wash"

    As leaders and experts in the surface care industry, we have a history of creating new products, such as mist & wipe products like our Quik Detailer and M-34 Final Inspection to help our customers maintain and beautify their vehicles.

    In keeping with that history, we have just introduced a brand new spray wax that produces similar results as Meguiar's Quik Wax. It's actually a part of Meguiar's NXT Generation line of products based upon Meguiar's ESP Technology (Engineered Synthetic Polymers) and is a companion product to Meguiar's new NXT Tech Wax it's called NXT Spray Wax.






    Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle clearly demonstrates there are 5 basic steps to professional and intelligent car care.

    Using the correct Meguiar's products and the right technique, you can remove scratches and swirls that have accumulated from years of neglect to successfully restore a flawless, show car finish as demonstrated here on a 1991 BMW E34 M5. The left side is untouched, while the right side has been professionally restored using all Meguiar's products.




    The 5-Step Paint Care Cycle enables you to understand exactly what a product is not just by the name on the label, but by the results the product accomplishes according to the 5 different groups of procedures outlined in the 5-Step Paint Care Cycle.

    If a product is labeled a polish, but in fact is used to protect the paint, then you know it's a wax or a paint protectant and not an actual polish in the true sense of the definition of the word.

    Here at Meguiar's we manufacture some very complex products, of which polishes and waxes are only a small portion of our complete line.
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    Heh. if Singapore is not considered humid I dont know what is. Furthurmore it was raining outside while working on the polish.
    So i guess i should dunk my #5 for DC2 or #7

    Would #80 or scratch X be more effective in removing swirls?
    Would you reccomend #20,#21 or NXT liquid for filling swirls?
    So u mean to say that i have to apply wax immediately after wiping off the polish? i cannot wait till i have polished the whole car even if i wipe it off right away

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    Have you tried using #5 by hand? Maybe you could try that, remove before it dries, and see what you think.

    What kind of B&D buffer are you using? What kind of pad?


    Would #80 or scratch X be more effective in removing swirls?
    #80 is formulated for use by machine, while ScratchX is for use by hand, so they are quite different. But I guess you can say #80 is more effective, since you can use it by machine you can go over the car in less time (and with less effort ). I consider ScratchX more suitable for smaller problem areas and individual scratches. But if you are working by hand you can indeed use it to remove swirls.


    Would you reccomend #20,#21 or NXT liquid for filling swirls?
    I've read that both #21 and NXT has some ability to fill in swirls, but I haven't used them in that regard.

    Also the pure polishes like #5 and #7 will have some filling ability. And even #80 which besides removing the swirls, also has some light filling ability.


    So u mean to say that i have to apply wax immediately after wiping off the polish? i cannot wait till i have polished the whole car even if i wipe it off right away
    Well, more like you'd want to wipe off the polish right away, not letting it dry. So if you were doing the whole car you'd polish one panel, then wipe that panel off. Polish the next panel, wipe off..

    You can indeed polish the whole car, and then start applying a wax/sealant. But the pure polishes dosn't have any protecting abilities - you have to follow up with a wax. So you wouldn't for instance want to wait till the next day, before applying a protectant, cause this would leave the finish exposed.

    Oh, and just to note, with products you mention the process would be:

    #80/ScratchX -> #5/#7/DC2 -> #20/#21/NXT

    Although you probably know that by reading the 5-step process Mike posted...
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