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kungpao 10-06-2012 09:50 AM

Advice on waxing a white vehicle?
I did a quick search for this and didn't come up with much so I figured I'd ask. I'm pretty new at this 'detailing' stuff but have always washed/clay'd/waxed my cars for years. I've never owned a white vehicle and am just imagining it's going to be a pain to spot any wax I've missed! Any suggestions or tips?

detailersdomain 10-07-2012 07:56 AM

congrats on the new car.

it would really be no different from doing any other colored car.

what wax did you plan on using?

kungpao 10-08-2012 11:11 AM

I've generally used Meguiar's products historically.

There ARE several products on detailersdomain that i'm looking to purchase. Just have to determine where i want to devote funds to first.

like i said, beginner at all this detailing stuff. There are so many products it's pretty overwhelming.

I just want it to look good for years with the least amount of effort on my side lol is that too much to ask?

motordavid 10-08-2012 12:46 PM

I do my wife's white car a few times a year...I find if I do it in a garage, open door, some overhead but indirect lighting, I can see where the 'wax' was applied vs buffed off.

Just peer along the body panels with a careful eye; I pop the hood and look at it from diff angles. Not hard to see where one has been.

Pick you brand/species of 'wax': they are all very, very good these days. My fave is Zaino, but it is simply a habit of the past decade, I know how it works, its 'release' of surface crap is excellent, and it works for me. But use whatcha choose...
GL, mD

theblue 10-08-2012 09:33 PM

as somebody who has only two white turbo cars without cats, I know what a pain it is to clean this color.

My top tip is get a good paint cleaner. I just get meguiers or whatever is at my local store. make sure it's an actual paint cleaner and not an all in one wax.

my whole routine that I do 2x a year with my audi:

1. wash car
2. claybar car
3. buff the whole car with paint cleaner
4. buff the whole car with a decent all in one (I like NXT)

kungpao 10-16-2012 12:56 PM

theblue, are you doing a handjob? (snicker) or are you using a polisher? I'm deathly afraid of machines on the vehicle. Seen too many horror stories.

theblue 10-16-2012 02:23 PM

polisher. (porter cable 7424). It's best to have somebody with experience show you how to use the first time or practice on fiends beater cars who get a free detail. It's pretty hard to cause damage unless you are blindly guessing how to use.

You can do the paint cleaner and wax without a machine just fine, it's just more work. the paint cleaner is just like using any wax, but cleans way better while offering no protection so you must use a wax on top.

kungpao 10-16-2012 03:26 PM


Mechanics 01-02-2013 11:26 AM

I know I'm a bit late, but I have a buddy who has a white car and he waxes just the same as he would any other color, but he does a hand wax. I'm with Kungpao machines scare me to death! Plus I'm a clutz so I would probably ruin everything lol


ALPINE_X5 01-02-2013 12:43 PM

Some people mask the areas that contains rubber or black plastic trim. Others after a while are used to knowing their abilities and can do without.

Machines should never scare you if you use good judgement and a good machine.

For most people who are not "pro" detailers, have not purchased an orbital or scared of the one they have I would recommend the Griot's Garage Random 6" Orbital. It is pretty hard to mess up with their orbital. Their system is great for newbies and pro's alike.

Adams Super VRT is a great trim and tire dressing. I like silicon spray myself since it is also water repellent but I am ordering the Adam's Super VRT to see how well it lasts after a drive in the rain.

The Random Orbital along with using the clay bar, Cleaner #3 for fine surface scratches and then a good wax should have your baby shine up very pretty :)

Trust me I used to be the same with orbitals. I practiced on used parts to get the hang of orbitals back in the day before you could dial in your speed. :)

I purchased the Griot's Random Orbital as well. It really does a great job.

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