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I used the NXT Tech wax. I really looks great after, but I feel it doesn't last long at all. I really had to scrub this last car wash. Any suggestions on some other brands? That I can buy in the store and not have to order. I'm not interested in any expensive professional stuff. Just something that is decent and can get at my local store.
 

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NXT Tech is pretty good, like really good if you notice it during a rain season, i went through winter with it and only waxed my car once towards the end.

as for other options:

Meguiers Gold class (personal experience)
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Meguires ultimate wax (heard good reviews from friends, havent tried this one yet)

Turtle wax is good, but i hate the fact it needs alot of elbow grease
 

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If you don't mind spending a little bit more, try Klasse All-in-One. It's sort of an acrylic polish/sealant and the stuff is really easy to work with and... you'll get an amazing shine. Use it twice a year and you're good to go.


 

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I really had to scrub this last car wash. Any suggestions on some other brands?
I think I might have found your problem.

You should wash the vehicle by hand and use a good soap (I like Megs Gold Class) and mix is according to the directions. Most people use a lamb wool mit to wash. I now prefer a good open pore sponge.

Hose the vehicle off first, then wash the vehicle. I won't get into how to perform a good wash as the topic is preserving the wax.

You also need to make sure you have good clean paint to apply NXT to. You may need to clay the paint so that the "wax" can provide a good coat.

Personally, I like to apply a caranuba wax over a synthetic sealer. Apply NXT, wait 24 hours and then go over it with a caranuba wax.

If you use the soap at self serve car washes... then your protection is not going to last. If you use those brushes at the self serve car wash then someone needs to take your car away. :) You are rubbing all that dirt from that prior 4x4 right into your paint.

Lived in Tampa for 25 years (just north of downtown for 13 years)... salt air and hot days are not going to help. While conditions change, I'd recommend reapplying NXT every 3-6 months.
 

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I think I might have found your problem.

You should wash the vehicle by hand and use a good soap (I like Megs Gold Class) and mix is according to the directions. Most people use a lamb wool mit to wash. I now prefer a good open pore sponge.

Hose the vehicle off first, then wash the vehicle. I won't get into how to perform a good wash as the topic is preserving the wax.

You also need to make sure you have good clean paint to apply NXT to. You may need to clay the paint so that the "wax" can provide a good coat.

Personally, I like to apply a caranuba wax over a synthetic sealer. Apply NXT, wait 24 hours and then go over it with a caranuba wax.

If you use the soap at self serve car washes... then your protection is not going to last. If you use those brushes at the self serve car wash then someone needs to take your car away. :) You are rubbing all that dirt from that prior 4x4 right into your paint.

Lived in Tampa for 25 years (just north of downtown for 13 years)... salt air and hot days are not going to help. While conditions change, I'd recommend reapplying NXT every 3-6 months.
I second that and want to add that when washing your car, use two buckets (one for rinsing the sponge, and another for the soap). You might also need to use a paint cleaner if the paint is too dirty. The clay-ing process takes a long time and it's well worth it (IMO). As for the sealer, I use a synthetic sealer known as "3M performance Wax". I applied it last September and it's still going strong (in terms of rain repellent).
 

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I applied it last September and it's still going strong (in terms of rain repellent).
Want to see some sweet water sheding, try applying Megs #16 after the sealer. It's not distributed in the US any longer but it can be bought. Karen on ebay should still be selling it for a reasonable price (I bought 8 tins for about $4/each... shortly afterward she realized what a gold mine she had and increased the price but it was still very low).

Personally I think adding caranub on top of a sealer adds a lot of depth to the paint but it needs to be a darker color. Not much you can do with white or even silver.

Keeping a good coat of wax on a vehicle makes washing very easy. I touch up the paint with Meg Ultimate Wax and I can simply spray down the vehicle with water most of the time to keep it clean (though, I then use a lubracant spray when drying).

But of course, we might be getting into the OCD relm here. :)
 

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Want to see some sweet water sheding, try applying Megs #16 after the sealer. It's not distributed in the US any longer but it can be bought. Karen on ebay should still be selling it for a reasonable price (I bought 8 tins for about $4/each... shortly afterward she realized what a gold mine she had and increased the price but it was still very low).

Personally I think adding caranub on top of a sealer adds a lot of depth to the paint but it needs to be a darker color. Not much you can do with white or even silver.

Keeping a good coat of wax on a vehicle makes washing very easy. I touch up the paint with Meg Ultimate Wax and I can simply spray down the vehicle with water most of the time to keep it clean (though, I then use a lubracant spray when drying).

But of course, we might be getting into the OCD relm here. :)
I know exactly what you mean... I also use to use the quick detailer after each wash (although not much anymore because of time constraints).. Maintaining the paint does take a lot of time and effort but the end results are worth it..
 

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I've also used NuFinish. Great product why change a good thing, I used it for years. I think I may use that again on my next wax/polish.
 
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