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Shine Dull Looking after I wash.

Here's the situation I wash my truck with car wash soap I think the name of it is Duragloss. After i'm done washing the truck and I'm ready to wax it. NXT is what i use. I get done waxing it shines really good then when I go to wash it again like a week or so later after I'm done washing it. The wax job I did the week or so before looks a little dull. Anybody else have this problem and have any ideas on what to do so I won't have to wax after every wash to get my truck to shine.
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haha i cant help you, but glad to see duragloss made its way to PA, its a local company where i live
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Insted of a wax try a good polish. Wax fills in the paints poors and is washed out easily. When you polish the poors are smothed over and it takes longer for the poors to open up back up. Just a sigestion.
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Try clay barring it before you wax as well, that should take out all the contaminants in the paint. It will make a huge difference.
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which NXT wax? is it the spray detailer? that is just for quick touchups and not to actually wax the truck with
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people around here swear by NXT... however, i found it didnt keep its 'shininess/water beading' very long. Like 6 weeks later water didnt bead up on it anymore.

I use a wax called insulator wax, which lasts about 4-6 months.

Also, wax is better than polish. polish makes it 'uber shiny' for a bit, where as wax actually protects your vehicals finish.

Thats why you wax your boats, and dont polish your boats. Thats not to say that polish is bad, but wax is the way to go.
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I use a wax called insulator wax, which lasts about 4-6 months.
speaks the truth, thats all i use now
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Have you tried the Meguirs three step wax? There is a cleaner, polish and wax. That seemed to keep a good shine pretty long on my last car (Atleast 3-4 months with me washing it atleast once a week
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I use a soap with wax in it. It's not a good as a wax job but it keeps it looking fresh every time I wash it. Mines a product private labeled by the company I work for. We call it wash & wax but I'm not sure where/how to get it anywhere else besides us shipping.
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www.waterlesscarwashproducts.com the dri wash ultra ion will keep it shining for a long time. any questions on it check out the prefered vendor section for video clips of how it works

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Here's the situation I wash my truck with car wash soap I think the name of it is Duragloss. After i'm done washing the truck and I'm ready to wax it. NXT is what i use. I get done waxing it shines really good then when I go to wash it again like a week or so later after I'm done washing it. The wax job I did the week or so before looks a little dull. Anybody else have this problem and have any ideas on what to do so I won't have to wax after every wash to get my truck to shine.
use these in the following photo:

First wash with the Gold class carwash shown above and dry it.
Next apply one coat of the zymol and let it get bone dry (1.5 hours).
Apply the ice and let dry to a slight haze then immediately apply another coat of the zymol. It will dry in about 2 minutes right before your eyes as you're doing the final step one section at a time. here are the results 18 months later with no washing or waxing of any kind:

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These cleaning products were purchased last week and is the exact same thing I used the last time I detailed my truck back in August of 2006. If this don't help nothing will. The shine is like looking in a freshly exteremly cleaned mirror. After that process if you want you can just run through an automatic carwash if you want (I didn't) and it will hold it's shine like you just saw.

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when you wash it after you have waxed it, do u use the soap and brush/towel? The soap may de-waxing. just a thought.
I can tell u who doesn't have that problem, Dave01978. Dave judging by your avatar you have a killer product. Is that orig. paint, buffed, or just that good of a product?

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this is the wax i use. had it on since this time last year and water still beads up on it.
http://www.autozone.com/R,NONAPP5325...ductDetail.htm
and i wash it with this about once a week...
http://www.autozone.com/R,NONAPP4931...ductDetail.htm
both work great.
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Everyone thanks for you input. I just want people to see what I'm talking about. The next time you wasn n' wax your truck. You have that nice shine well look at the truck after it rains or after the next time you wash it without waxing it. It doesn't have that shine anymore like it did after you waxed it. Anybody see what I'm talking about.
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when you wash it after you have waxed it, do u use the soap and brush/towel? The soap may de-waxing. just a thought.
I can tell u who doesn't have that problem, Dave01978. Dave judging by your avatar you have a killer product. Is that orig. paint, buffed, or just that good of a product?

The product is super good, the paint is original, i have buffed it a couple times since i had it, but that really only adds a little bit to the shine.

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