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    Colored Waxes/Sealants/Polishes

    I own a white SUV. I am an avid detailer.... OK, maybe I need a detailing intervention, or some sort of detailing treatment center.

    I wish there was some better way to see where the waxes/sealants/polishes were on a white vehicle when applying them and removing them. Currently I wear a headlamp so I can avoid missing spots. Once the wax is ready to come off I usually go over the entire car with a flashlight to make sure I didn't miss wiping any off. I am currently getting estimates on new lighting fixtures in my garage to help with this problem. There has got to be a better way.

    I wish you could tint the wax just enough to see it better on lighter colored cars yet the tint not affect the performance of the wax/sealant/polish.

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    Re: Colored Waxes/Sealants/Polishes

    We hear this a lot from owners of lighter cars, Dave, but unfortunately there isn't much that can be done. Generally speaking, the wet appearance of the wax on the surface is usually enough for most folks to see where they have and haven't applied the wax on lighter colors. Tinting the wax can and will lead to problems with lighter colored vehicles. Our friends at DodoJuice, a British company specializing in both hard and soft carnauba waxes, demonstrated with their own products on a white car and it caused a tinting of the paint. Not something you want on a nice brilliant or pearl white paint job!
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    Totally agree with you michael. Not a fan of coloured ones like dodo.

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    After reading a post from someone else having trouble seeing the wax he had applied on a light colored car I had an idea. You see I have a Super-White Toyota 4Runner and have trouble seeing the waxes and coatings I have applied too.

    Mr. Stoops now that you have explained why a colored wax is a bad idea I understand the problem much better. I still want a better way. I couldn't begin to figure out the chemistry involved but is it possible to not change the color of the wax but instead add something to it to make it visible with a cheap pair of glasses (like a pair you get at a 3D movie) or a black light. I think there are glasses provided with some laser levels that allow you to see the beam better in bright light.

    I'm just saying maybe the solution to the problem is not to add color but to add something that is invisible to the human eye but visible with the use of some kind of cheap optic. Just an idea.

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    I have the same paint as you do. It IS difficult to see but what I do is to mentally break up the hood, for example, into 6 sections, then do each section before moving onto the next. If there's overlap that's OK. You just need to focus exclusively on the area you're doing, like using the wiper blade arm as a guage about how far to go vertically and the fender lip for the horizontal part. (3D glasses is a funny idea, one that only a dedicated detailer would think of.)

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