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I used to just use Autoglym Super Resin Polish on my cars but recently bought some Carnauba wax for a change. It really brings out a lovely glow to the car but dosent last very long and seems to accentuate small scratches.

so was wondering should i use both? is there a way to make the wax last longer?

also if i polish do i need to clay bar first or does the polish do the same?

Any other products worth a look?
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Re: polishing and or waxing

You wash, Claybar, wash, polish, then wax

In all honesty in my experience , polishing without an electric machine is a waste of time. The difference between hand polish and machine polish is night and day. The polish is what takes out the small scratches

If you have tough to get out scratches you can wetsand also (look it up) . Wax is only at the end. (use a machine also)
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Re: polishing and or waxing

I use Mer, which is a liquid cleaner and wax. Back in the day it could only be found at markets, with a Del-Boy character demo-ing it on an old mini bonnet, and at independent small auto factors, somewhere hidden up on a shelf.
Now it appears to have gone upmarket and I picked some up in Halfords, and I think it's also on Amazon.de.
The familiar sky-blue bottle has also turned black.

There are two recommended methods of use:

- periodically, apply neat on a damp sponge, allow to become powder-dry and then buff-up;

- more frequently, add a couple of cap-fulls to warm water and clean the car with a sponge, dry off with a chamois or equivalent and buff-up with a dry cloth if required.

For starters, I would pressure wash, then use the dilution washing method, followed by the neat method; and then continually with dilution method regularly interspersed with the neat application method, a little less often.


Frequency and regularity are the key - Del-Boy at the market had polished his mini bonnet so many times, that he used to empty a can of liquid lighter fuel over it and set it alight. He would let it burn completely out and there wouldn't be a mark on the paintwork ...... because it had been polished hundreds of times.

Mer works really well to remove oil, tar, caked-on and sun-dried birds' crap and most of road mess.
When used neat, on light scratches, it also works similarly to T-Cut, by blending-in the paint colour.
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I used to just use Autoglym Super Resin Polish on my cars but recently bought some Carnauba wax for a change. It really brings out a lovely glow to the car but dosent last very long and seems to accentuate small scratches.

so was wondering should i use both? is there a way to make the wax last longer?

also if i polish do i need to clay bar first or does the polish do the same?

Any other products worth a look?
Super Resin is synthetic and much more durable than wax, that's why it stays on longer. However nothing will reach the deep shine of the wax. The good thing is it can also polish, but it's a ridiculously mild abrasive, so in theory you could go SRP and then wax, but honestly if you already seal with SRP then wax is kind of a waste. Decide if you want durability or shine and chose accordingly.

Also if you don't go to work with a machine on your paintjob, you won't really do much to the paint, other than potentially making it worse.
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Re: polishing and or waxing

To get an original factory finish back to your car it needs mopping. I went here in Germany, where they took cash and didn't charge me VAT.

The quality of work was outstanding. Allow half a day but there is a massive retail park adjacent to the site (and a burger king with free wifi). They are very sophisticated and will test each panel with a special gauge to determine amount of paint that can be safely polished off. They do colour polishing to fill scratched with lacquer whilst polishing, and they have access to a mobile paintless repair technician to pull out dents.

To polish all of a massive Land Rover Discovery, colour polish 1 deep scratch to completely remove it and repair 3 dents in 3 panels cost me EUR 480


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Re: polishing and or waxing

great thanks all

i have a machine but the pad area is too big for parts of my current car so may look for a new smaller one - that runs off the car 9v would be good

so i spent two hours polishing and then waxing today and it has a great deep shine now

finally finished my supply of Autoglym any local recommendations?

will check out the konstanz place as would be good to get a good inside detail after the winter
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