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Old 02-04-2016, 09:28 PM   #1
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Sonax BSD... Do I really need to wax?

Haven't posted in a very long time but felt the need to after using Sonax BSD.

So I've purchased a 2010 BMW 120d in alpine white just a month ago and because of this I've recently got back into detailing and started building up my collection. After reading the rave reviews about Sonax BSD I decided to get some and try it out!

Now the car, as said, I've had for 1 month and I've only now had the chance to give it a full detail. From the looks of when I first picked it up its never been looked after by a detailing enthusiast as it was quite grubby and paint felt really rough. So, at a guess, it's never seen a coat of wax/sealant. Anyway I've now fully washed, clayed, de-tared, fall out removed and polished etc which brought it up amazing! Now I still haven't put any wax or sealant on it. It's only had 2 coats of BSD applied on a dry car and buffed off. Car looked amazing and it added a lot of gloss. Never thought I could get white to shine like this!

Luckily it's just started pouring down with rain so, of course, I had to check out the beading here's what I found:

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So my question is do I NEED to apply a dedicated wax or sealant as, from the looks of it, BSD is providing some amazing beading and protection of its own.

So if I were to use BSD after every wash, as a drying aid and as a LSP once dried, is it all 1 would need to add to a car. Car gets washed at least once every week or 2.

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Old 02-04-2016, 09:37 PM   #2
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havent bothered waxing sinse i got bsd ....it lasts several washes no problem so yeah if you top it up after every wash it should be all good
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:42 PM   #3
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BSD is a spray wax/sealant, so no, you don't *need* to put anything underneath it. I think my Volvo has spent about 9 months protected purely by BSD as the wax I had on before had effectively gone.

Then again, you don't *need* wax at all. It's a personal preference
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:47 PM   #4
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Pics are coming out poor for some reason
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:50 PM   #5
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Same boat as everyone above.
I haven't waxed my car for ages. It just has bsd after every other wash.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:34 PM   #6
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BSD is all you need chief.

If you like it, it's protecting, so stick with it.
You can get a good couple of months of daily driving without really having to top it up in fairness

I have a White CR-Z, and used BSD on it last year.
Car is mainly garaged at moment, and only comes out in dry weather now.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:45 PM   #7
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I can get 6 weeks or so out of BSD. However my go to wax is 476. Not sure if I'd rather just put that on and get a good few months. I don't find BSD particularly enjoyable to use. I could use megs uqw and get a little less protection but its a doddle to use
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Bsd is superb but you still can't beat applying and removing a boutique wax product, it's therapeutic
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I used it tonight on my GF's white F20 1 series. It was raining so after second wash, I sprayed onto the wet bodywork and spread in straight lines with my Megs MF wash mitt then rinsed the whole car with the pressure washer again. Came out there to glorious beading in the rain.
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I did read about people having a few issues with regards to using BSD but I found it so easy. The spray bottle is very poor but otherwise all was ok, be it a wet or dry surface. I believe the newer formula, which I have, is a lot easer to use.

I'm glad about not needing waxes and/or sealants as I just can't see the point... It's 1 of the best detailing products out there IMO
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