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  • More than once a month

    8 4.55%
  • Once a month

    8 4.55%
  • Every two months

    13 7.39%
  • Every three to five months

    35 19.89%
  • Twice a year

    69 39.20%
  • Once a year

    26 14.77%
  • I use a cleaner wax

    13 7.39%
  • Never

    4 2.27%
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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    I tend to evaluate during each season that passes and do as needed. The Neon is easily swirled but the Yukon can go for days without nary a cleaner/polish/waxing but I do wax more often than not for protection more than anything.

    I need to do a full on swirl removal on the Neon soon though it's looking a little shabby right now.

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    Twice a year for me - seems to be just about right spring and fall.
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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    I used to use Medallion to clean my paint but I believe Meguiars discontinued it. Let's put it this way, I can't find it anymore. Assuming it was discontinued, not sure what Meguiars recommends in its place.

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    Yes, the Medallion series was discontinued. If one is looking for a simple chemical paint cleaner, one can use Deep Crystal #1. I also presume that all of Meguiars' cleaner/polishes will also clean paint. I got myself a bottle of #9 precisely for this purpose.

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    I answered every two months because I didn't read your explanation on cleaner/waxes before answering the survey. I use ColorX every couple of months, but only use a cleaner/polish twice a year - spring and fall. So, I guess I should have answered twice a year.

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    Over at Detailing World, Dom of Dodo Juice recommends paint cleaning (i.e., removal of previous waxes and the cleaning of paint contaminants) every three months. In the article I read he was speaking specifically of Supernatural, but his rationale, it seems to me, applies to all waxes and sealants. If one wants to optimize the appearance of the paint surface, it is best to regularly clean it of below-surface and above-surface contaminants and dirt. He thinks that a quarterly paint cleaning is a reasonable and practical schedule. Anyone disagree?

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    I like to use a paint cleaner such as:

    Color X
    DC1
    M09
    and M80

    at least every 4 months

    I usually clay twice a year. The reason i use a paint cleaner often is because i like to start new and have no older wax on the surface if i am applying a new coat of wax.

    So basically i clean the paint for defect/swirl removal 2 times a year

    and clean the paint for applying a fresh coat of wax about twice a year and use it with a hi tech aplicator pad so its not as aggressive

    So i would say every 4 months i do some type of paint cleaning.


    I think that made sense?

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by akimel View Post
    He thinks that a quarterly paint cleaning is a reasonable and practical schedule. Anyone disagree?

    Al
    Al, my gut response is that I disagree, to the extent that I don't think you can apply general principles to detailing.

    I take the "as needed" approach. For example, I don't clay, unless I can feel that it needs to be done. If that is once a year, twice a year or more, it depends on what I feel.

    However, I would probably say that a paint cleaner should be used at least once a year and maybe more. It's the "maybe more" part I can't really figure.

    Also, I am tempted to say (from my experience) I would use a paint cleaner on a single stage paint more often then on a clear coat, from my limited experience with SS paint.
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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    I like the conversation.. although I have not got my hand stuck on DC1 i still clean my paint on a regual basis at least once a month or two, but as dicussed based on what is need...

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    Re: How often do you "clean" the paint?

    If i had to choose it'd be "once a year".
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