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Old 23-08-2018, 08:31 PM   #1
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Long lasting wax?

I'm pretty new to this detaling process so please bear with me!
Project 1998 Astra saw me go over the vehicle with a cheap d/a polisher from Argos, used in conjunction with a couple of Farecla products which I thought (at the time) did well. However I realised that the paintwork still contained the old swirl marks, so I bought a better d/a polisher, once again from Argos, a £54 Challenge unit.
Been over the whole vehicle again but instead of using a compound I used Farecla G3 Wax on the polishing head.
The results were fantastic, still got some marks here and there but generally very pleased.
As this G3 is a wax I just buffed it off and that was it I thought.
All started well with plenty of beading, but it didn't last long?
In the past I have used a few waxes, Auto Balm, Meguires Gold Class and even Simonize Original Wax, but it seems none of them seem to last very long before we lose the beading effect, I'm talking a few weeks at best.
Is there a wax around that would last longer, I'm getting the feeling that they all last about the same!

Photo of just waxed Astra (Farecla G3)

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Old 23-08-2018, 08:35 PM   #2
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There are loads that last a long time, ultimately it’s about how good you prep the paint too.

I applied obsession Icon in the winter and it’s only now starting ever so slightly to drop a wee bit
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Old 23-08-2018, 09:13 PM   #3
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What is your wash routine? Is that destroying your wax?

All of the waxes mentioned should give several months of protection.
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Old 23-08-2018, 09:19 PM   #4
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What are you doing over the few weeks?
I think a mistake I used to make was using a wash&wax shampoo.

Like you I thought the wax didn't last, but now I think the cheap rubbish layer from the wash&wax was sitting on top and ruining the water behaviour.

To answer the first question, fusso coat!
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Old 23-08-2018, 09:24 PM   #5
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I use Collies 476. apply early winter and lasts through to spring - and i usually wash weekly in the winter months. i use it in the summer too, it looks great and has fantastic beading. it's great value and very easy to apply and buff.
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Old 23-08-2018, 09:37 PM   #6
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G3 super gloss wax should last 3 months minimum, it could be possibly what you're using to wash it thats causing some issues with the beading appearing to disappear...

Give it a good wash, polish and re-apply the G3 wax with the applicator and see how long it lasts...

What are you using to wash ?
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Old 23-08-2018, 09:44 PM   #7
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Collinite 845 gets my vote. Durable, easy to apply and cheap.
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Old 23-08-2018, 10:42 PM   #8
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Collinite 845 gets my vote. Durable, easy to apply and cheap.
I'll second that. If I'm looking for a durable wax the 845 is defo the way to go.
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Old 23-08-2018, 11:39 PM   #9
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Thanks for responses, I wet the vehicle with water and I have been using Demon snow foam, spraying it on (diluted) with a Wilko pump sprayer, letting it soak for perhaps 10 minutes then using my flat spray head on the hose which is quite powerful. I then use a Hozeloc brush attachment for the hose finally drying off with a microfibre towel.
Did I ought to be thinking of using a sealant? Would that be better?

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Old 25-08-2018, 01:02 AM   #10
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What is your wash routine? Is that destroying your wax?

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I then use a Hozeloc brush attachment for the hose finally drying off with a microfibre towel.

Alan
Your wash routine is removing the wax. Ditch the brush attachment, get yourself a couple of buckets, a nice shampoo and a decent wash mitt. Your wax will last considerably longer than being scrubbed off with a brush.
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