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    Quote Originally Posted by Or_GazM View Post
    Just out of interest, MiniFolk, do you clay your matt black finish?
    not unless he want's it not to be matte!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diz View Post
    just wondering whats the diffrence between using wax and polish?
    Polish is designed to clean/abrade the surface to remove defects and when done by machine level the suface.

    A Wax/Sealant is a sacrificial barrier designed to semi permenantly protect the surface and be replenished.

    This is a very brief explanation, trust me I have seen war's over these definitions!
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    ohh i see is it better to wax than polish then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diz View Post
    ohh i see is it better to wax than polish then?

    That depends.

    Really the paint should be polished maybe once a year, but when done by hand this can be of limited benefit (I'm not plugging here but to get a real difference you need a Pro with a machine polisher to at least get the paint in good shape for you to then maintain).

    If you are going to work by hand, I would recommend a moderate pass with a paint cleaner such as the Mauve Meguiar's paint cleaner (available in Halfords, part of their three step system) as this has cleaners to improve appearance, some mild abrasives to polish back the surface, and some fillers to mask any minor swirls. unlike normal polishes, your aim is to thoroughly massage this in (2 coats are better than one heavy one). This then also prepares the paint to bond with your choice of wax and give the best durability.

    As for waxing, well fill your boots, you can apply as often as you want, although the benefits will diminish after the 2nd/3rd coat is applied in a short space of time. Ideally you should use a paint cleaner as above to prep the surface and then apply a solid two coats say 24hrs apart (one on Saturday, one on Sunday). From there onwards, top it up every 8 weeks or so. Once a year has passed go back to the cleaner step to restart the cycle.

    TBH honest I need to write a guide on this in more depth but this should give you the idea.

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    WOW thanks mark

    to be honest i dont mind giving it a bash myself but i will be speaking to you at some point to detox my car (after a few issues have been sorted out)

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    Thats cool James

    I will find the time to write a guide on home polishing and waxing.

    Dont get me wrong you will see an improvement from hand polishing but just very limited in scratch swirl removal.

    The paint cleaner and waxing routine is good and very satisfying (I still look after my car in between bigger work and enjoy it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark84 View Post
    Polish is designed to clean/abrade the surface to remove defects and when done by machine level the suface.

    A Wax/Sealant is a sacrificial barrier designed to semi permenantly protect the surface and be replenished.

    This is a very brief explanation, trust me I have seen war's over these definitions!
    I think a certain Mr A. Hitler had similar thoughts!

    Sorry to take the p*ss Mark, but it does keep the thread alive

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    Well I guess I wont be growing that 1930's moustache I had planned then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Or_GazM View Post
    Just out of interest, MiniFolk, do you clay your matt black finish?
    Just out of interest, do you always talk **** or does it require effort to be an utter pillock in every thread you find?


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    That was a serious question Mike......from someone who uses washing up liquid to clean his cars....I was interested IF you could clay a matt finish.

    Now who's the one being a p*llock?

    Mark gave me the answer I was looking for.

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