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Polish v's Wax

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Hi Newbie here.

I have searched loads of threads on car cleaning and am about to order my first 'proper' cleaning gear - meguiars car wash. I have always used such stuff as 'tutlewax' etc blush.gif

Am I right in thinking that Wax is the regular finish to apply to a car, and that polish is to be used as a longer term fix for poor paint finish. Both cars in my family are less than a year old, one being less than a month, so would using polish be a bad idea or necessary?

Any help/advice much appreciated.

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Welcome to Tyresmoke....

From my own experience what you are best off doing is polishing the car then waxing it after.

The wax puts a protective layer over the polish/bodywork giving it a lasting shine.

I use Meguiars 3 stage (paint cleaner, polish then wax) I can highly recommend it.

I hope this helps,

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No doubt you will get a few more answers to your question, the man to ask around here is Bushy, beerchug.gif.

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Polish just makes the car shiny, wax protects the paint work. Cleaner (midly abrasive) is used for restoring dull paintwork. You can get combined polish/wax which obviously makes the car shiny and protects but separate products would do a better job.

Have a browse through this forum for information about how often to clean/polish/wax your car. You shouldn't need to do all three very often but would probably polish and/or wax more frequently. I think I've done all three a couple, maybe three, times in the last nine months but I wax (and polish if I can be bothered) about once a month.

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I specialise in Car care products to both Trade and retail, I think you have already got your answer,Polishes generally contain abrasives of varying aggressiveness which cut into the paint to remove very fine scratches and/or oxidisation

and can generate shine and gloss, waxes are essentially a top coat protection against general traffic film, acid rain and the many nasty things in the atmosphere waiting to attack your paintwork they will also impart deep gloss dependant upon type

Using a polish on a car less than one year old will not be a problem in normal circumstances I recommend you polish and wax every other month and use a good PH neutral wash and wax in between.

I will have my own website up and running soon in the meantime may I recommend you go look at www.carbrite.com

and take a look at some of the products, I strongly suggest you check out a product called Butterwax which is sex on legs ( it gives the car a wet look finish) I don't believe there is a better wax on the market

you can also get it through me (surprise!)

cheers

Jacman

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So what is Autoglym Super Resin Polish? It says "polish", but it acts more like a wax judging by the descriptions above! confused.gif

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I strongly suggest you check out a product called Butterwax which is sex on legs ( it gives the car a wet look finish) I don't believe there is a better wax on the market

you can also get it through me (surprise!)

cheers Jacman

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Hey what's the big idea? You can't flog your own gear on TSN! shocked.gif I can't help myself now, I'll have to buy some. It better be good. beerchug.gif

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So what is Autoglym Super Resin Polish? It says "polish", but it acts more like a wax judging by the descriptions above! confused.gif

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It's a synthetic wax, but it has a very mild chemical polish in it. it's very good stuff.

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Excellent, thanks Danny! 169144-ok.gif

I've been using it for years, and it seems to work for me. cool.gif

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Welcome to Tyresmoke....

From my own experience what you are best off doing is polishing the car then waxing it after.

The wax puts a protective layer over the polish/bodywork giving it a lasting shine.

I use Meguiars 3 stage (paint cleaner, polish then wax) I can highly recommend it.

I hope this helps,

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Here's a piccie of mine after a Meguiars wax...

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I will have my own website up and running soon in the meantime may I recommend you go look at www.carbrite.com

and take a look at some of the products, I strongly suggest you check out a product called Butterwax which is sex on legs ( it gives the car a wet look finish) I don't believe there is a better wax on the market

you can also get it through me (surprise!)

cheers

Jacman

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I'D be very interested in some of this butterwax...Are you local to the reading area?????

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Carbrite are all over... my father-in-law used to be the area rep for sothern Sweden. They do some pretty good stuff for the trade.

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Yeah, trust autoglym (and others) to confuse you, Polishes,Waxes,Glazes etc, every company has its own way of describing their products to imply you are getting something completely different, super resin polish is what we would call a one step product, it cleans, polishes and protects so it does a little bit of both, like many other excellent products on the market, hope this helps

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Nice Audi Cabrio Bud!!!

My Golf says when she grows up she wants to be an Audi!!

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