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So every now and again I go to the auto parts store and find myself looking at all the different wax's. I here good things about Mequiar's. I see the green turtle wax containers and a slew of other familiar names. Its a bit much. I always say f*ck it and grab the green turtle wax container because that's just what I always use but always wonder if Meguiars is better.

I don't doubt one should wax ones paint job regular. If noting else it looks better. Water beads up on it.

Is there any wax obviously more dominant in wax's performance then others? Or is wax is wax is wax?
 

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This will prolly end up like a what oil is best thread. But I'll throw in my $.02 ---

I use a product called Raceglaze. It's a polish/sealant, not a wax. Applied via machine it gives an excellent finish/shine, and seals the surface. Another good product, and similar to Raceglaze is Wizards polish.
 

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This sounds like a raw newbie question but I see you've got over 500 posts! I like Lucas Slick Mist Speed Wax. Superb, easy application, smells good, & delivers a top shelf shine. Others swear by pledge polish. Used in conjunction with microfiber cloths. Try the search function maybe use detailing or waxing or polishing etc. the researching will be almost endless.
 

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Before I posted this I read thru the multitude of wax threads as well as watched a few of the commercial video's.

Each, like every religion, pontificates there's is better then the rest. There's even levels of brands w/in the brand like Mothers, Mothers California Gold. And then S100 offers a beeswax wax. So beeswax or Carnauba?

I'm just trying to cut thru the crap. While I appreciate the in depth multi stepped process by many, other then removing a scratch or some other blemish and for regular maintenance, I'm hoping that my simple turtle wax application is more then enough.

I can see how easy and tempting it is to have a garage shelf full of the multitude of choice wax's stacked all about. And the time involved in the multi stepped multi products to be used with each. And you can be really anal and spend a ridiculous amount of time beautifying your scooter and why unless its a show bike?

Wow have we found a way to expand a simple process or is all that really necessary? Isn't wax just wax just wax? Does it just assist in restoring paint or preserve and protect or all the above?

Every time I go into the auto parts store and w/out fail I gravitate to the wax section, look around at all the different brands but still walk out with my turtle wax in the green container and wonder should I have found a better brand?

And you get a bucket of it for 6$

https://www.turtlewax.com/shop/products/turtle-wax-performance-plus-super-hard-shell-wax-14-oz-paste
 

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Anything with a high percentage of carnauba wax is a good start.
I do use Meguiar's
The reason being, I started using their products on my boat and was impressed
 

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This will prolly end up like a what oil is best thread. But I'll throw in my $.02 ---

I use a product called Raceglaze. It's a polish/sealant, not a wax. Applied via machine it gives an excellent finish/shine, and seals the surface. Another good product, and similar to Raceglaze is Wizards polish.
Exactly because every product including yours presents as being the best. And why I figure maybe wax is wax is wax?

Never heard of race glaze. Did look up the web site. Wonder if its sold nationally or is it a local product? It ain't cheap either, lol holy shi*t.

http://www.tcpglobal.com/RAC-15165.html?sc=117&category=2672741#.VeKMvTYw_cs

Think I'm gonna order me some to try it out. Just found some for 14.95 same product same size but 9$ cheaper. I guess I'm on my way to having a garage shelf full of multi brand wax's. :hystria: Just curious about your brand because I've never seen it advertised
 

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I like turtle wax ice because it will not stain the rubber\plastic parts and it is at the local store.

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oh boy,, i bet pt has my shelf in mind lol,,, i prolly have 7 or 8 different waxes and a hell of an array of wheel, interior, leather, you name it products. i'm a bit anal about shine. i use meguires gold on the car, because it has great continuity with the ice clearcoat. or a nano wax.. most folks don't realize that the best wax doesn't bead water up,, it runs water off like rainx does. now on the bike i use turtle wax on the wheels and chrome with a conical power ball,, great cleaner, but then i use mothers paste to bring out the shine and seal it up... on the paint i use nano spray, several brands are good. then when i'm all done i use black out on all the black.. i'm one of the few folks that actually enjoy detailing. throw a dvd in and enjoy the day..
 

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oh boy,, i bet pt has my shelf in mind lol,,, i prolly have 7 or 8 different waxes and a hell of an array of wheel, interior, leather, you name it products. i'm a bit anal about shine. i use meguires gold on the car, because it has great continuity with the ice clearcoat. or a nano wax.. most folks don't realize that the best wax doesn't bead water up,, it runs water off like rainx does. now on the bike i use turtle wax on the wheels and chrome with a conical power ball,, great cleaner, but then i use mothers paste to bring out the shine and seal it up... on the paint i use nano spray, several brands are good. then when i'm all done i use black out on all the black.. i'm one of the few folks that actually enjoy detailing. throw a dvd in and enjoy the day..
You have a killer show car i would too if i had that car Givrsum.
 

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Exactly because every product including yours presents as being the best. And why I figure maybe wax is wax is wax?

Never heard of race glaze. Did look up the web site. Wonder if its sold nationally or is it a local product? It ain't cheap either, lol holy shi*t.

http://www.tcpglobal.com/RAC-15165.html?sc=117&category=2672741#.VeKMvTYw_cs

Think I'm gonna order me some to try it out. Just found some for 14.95 same product same size but 9$ cheaper. I guess I'm on my way to having a garage shelf full of multi brand wax's. :hystria: Just curious about your brand because I've never seen it advertised
$15-$16.00 is the norm. NAPA used to carry it but don't think they still do. Raceglaze is a very very very fine polish with protectorant. I was into the "go-fast" boat thing for years and the LAST thing you did was show up at a poker run or watering hole with a not clean and shiney boat lol, kinda like the classic car crowd. Best/easiest if applied by machine, gets rid of "spiderwebbing" and similar little flaws and leaves a wet/mirror finish if applied correctly. Can be hand applied too though. Great product for the very fussy types :whistle:
 

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I use turtle wax for the simple reason that I've always used it. Currently I've got a "Black Box" kit that was a gift from a pal. My car is black and it worked pretty well there, and as the bike is also black it's a no brainer. However, not being an "automotive detailing nut" kind of guy, I just apply it and buff it out vs spending hours getting that perfect finish.

When it comes to the chrome, I've got some old Mothers chrome polish which does a good job.
 

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For me, it comes down to wax on and wax off.

Wax off being the more important of the two. And Meguiar's comes off easy. It also doesn't go bad in the bottle.

Now if I'm trying to revive the dead, as opposed to shine up the living, I'll use something that is full of polymers as opposed to wax. Nufinish works well.

And for the chrome, I use Windex to clean it then Turtle wax spray wax to shine it. It's mostly silicone, so it lets the chrome breath, and it makes the bugs wipe off easy.
 

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Wax isn't all the same, I won't venture to say what is best, I know what works for me.. what you use to apply and remove the wax is as important as the wax.
 

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Wax isn't all the same, I won't venture to say what is best, I know what works for me.. what you use to apply and remove the wax is as important as the wax.
Yup, and make sure the surface to be waxed is CLEAN, free of any and all dirt, dust, whatever.
 

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So, what if you don't wax your bike? Truth be told, I haven't waxed a bike in years. When I did, it seems to me all it did was make the water bead up and cause water spots so bad that the bike looked worse than if I did not wax it.
The first time I washed after waxing the bugs did come off a bit easier but that didn't last.
Since the bike only sees a few hours of sun each week, I question whether it really makes any difference if I bother waxing it.
 

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I use turtle wax for the simple reason that I've always used it. Currently I've got a "Black Box" kit that was a gift from a pal. My car is black and it worked pretty well there, and as the bike is also black it's a no brainer. However, not being an "automotive detailing nut" kind of guy, I just apply it and buff it out vs spending hours getting that perfect finish.

When it comes to the chrome, I've got some old Mothers chrome polish which does a good job.
I have a tube of simichrome that I use on my 1983 FL to bring back some of the chrome, mostly just years of exposure to the elements from riding but the simichrome works pretty good. Use mothers too. The'83 is a lot harder to keep clean. It def looks like a bike been run for 32 years.
 

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It's your bike do what you want. My bike is 33 years old and look new. Paint is original, It's been waxed frequently
My Bike is 15 years old and the paint looks like new, I take care of it and wax is something I use at least a few times a year, riding season never really ends down here
 
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