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Old 05-09-2010
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prep for wax

i grabbed a bottle of mequirs stage 3 carnauba wax but havent put it on yet seeing how my truck never looks clean enough to bother attempting it, so i've only relied on those automated car wash waxes to protect it for now, but the other day i went out and bought a full detail lineup, a bottle of polish, a bottle of plasticx, a bottle of bug and tar, a bottle of stoner's invisible glass, a bottle of the rainx, and meguirs ultimate compound now my biggest thought on this is my only way of applying most of these products is by a small random orbit polisher i bought made by simoniz does anyone have any opinion on this polisher, like should i use it and see what happens or should i go and get one of the bigger hand held detail sanders. and do you guys go through this every time you apply wax or is a nice sponge bath enough.
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Yes it would probably be fine for what you want to do. And I also suggest that you "Clay Bar" it too. It takes away alot of the grime that wax won't get. And you can try one of the professional polishers, but you need to be careful, because you can take the paint off if you aren't careful.
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I wouldn't use a rotary polisher unless you have some experience using one. They will easily burn the paint if you are not careful. I'd use the random orbital polisher.
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With what you have you should do the following.

1. Wash with 2 bucket method.
2. Test paint with the plastic bag method, if it fails and most likely will pick up a clay bar kit.
3. Wash again with 2 bucket method.
4. Polish
5. Wax, a random orbital polisher is all you should use.
6. Detail trim pieces.
7. Glass

This is an extremely rough list, if you want to do a true detail there more things to do in a specif order.
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