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Old 21-11-2016, 07:01 PM   #1
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Wax top up between decontaminations

So we all know the best finish is obtained by doing a "full decon" (wash, remove tar, remove iron, clay, paint cleaner), machine polish if necessary, and then LSP, ideally two coats for good coverage.

So if three months down the line my wax is looking a bit sorry for itself, assuming I've washed the car is there any harm in just applying another coat of the same thing on top? I've seen opinions in this forum that unless you've done the full decon very soon before applying your LSP, you're doing real harm to the paint; of course lots of people talk about waxing on a monthly or bimonthly basis - if you're a frequent waxer are you stripping right back every time? Just using a pre-wax cleaner then applying fresh? Or just applying on top after a wash?
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Old 21-11-2016, 11:48 PM   #2
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I haven't had time to clay the wife's car or do a full decon but on the 1st of Nov, I applied cleanser polish from BH, then a cheap spray wax and her car still beading all these days later. I wanted to clay her car, apply cleanser polish then DSW but its rained the last couple of weekends but it shows how awesome BH stuff is. And I've also used 2bm maintenance washes on her car.

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Old 21-11-2016, 11:54 PM   #3
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If the wax is still showing signs of protection I would just go straight on top of it with another layer. Personally I only fully decontaminate the cars once per year in the summer.
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Yeah, just add another layer after washing the car.

That's hilarious that someone had suggested the you're damaging the paint by applying wax
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Old 22-11-2016, 12:50 AM   #5
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After 3 months you are better to decon etc, and start with a clean slate.
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If the paint work is relatively clean with little contamination then you could get away with another layer of wax... But I would throw on some Iron X and a bit of Tar removal first (and if time allows maybe a quick once over with a clay mitt). You don't really want to be buffing a 'wax on wax off' product with contaminants that could effectively give you swirls.

For time and effort especially at this time of year I would wash, remove excess water (not all of it) and use a good 'wax it wet' detailer. People on here have had great results with Sonax BSD, Chemical Guys Hybrid V7, or AG Aqua Wax. Using any of these as a 'wax it wet' solution will save you time and effort and top up your protection.
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After 3 months you are better to decon etc, and start with a clean slate.
I completely agree it's *better*, but if I don't have time to do the full decon process, then I just want to be sure I'm not doing any *harm* by washing the car and applying a coat of wax. Sounds like the consensus answer is "no".
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I completely agree it's *better*, but if I don't have time to do the full decon process, then I just want to be sure I'm not doing any *harm* by washing the car and applying a coat of wax. Sounds like the consensus answer is "no".
Definitely not mate unless you are applying it with a brillo pad
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No harm at all otherwise your average person who buys a tin of wax will have no paint. This is why I find it difficult to accept products last up to 6 months etc. They may well but do but they still look as good as they did? At some stage of "up to" they are having less impact.

@steelghost, good question.
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Old 22-11-2016, 01:10 PM   #10
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Is the paint really that bad that it needs a full decon/machine polish? Is the surface rough to touch i.e needs claying? A well protected car is easier to clean than an unprotected car and I'm guessing if you went to a pro detailer they might even wash with 2bm etc then apply QD and it looks good after.
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