June 13, 2006We are almost done with our detail job. Now its time for the wax. Wax is intended to provide protection from ultraviolet rays, as well as harsh everyday elements which can harm your paints surface.
For this segment, I am going to use Meguire's Gold Class Paste Wax. Though this wax is a little more difficult to apply, and remove, because its a paste, it is stronger than liquid wax. This means longer protection, and better gloss. It is also inexpensive at approimataly $12.00, and is available at PEP BOYS, or NAPA.
For this segment, I will apply the wax using the foam applicator that is included with this product. I start on the roof, working in small sections, and work my way down. I apply wax to the foam applicator pad, and work in a side to side pattern. The reason for this is to help fill, and blend minute scratches, and achieve maximum gloss. Let the wax dry to a white haze, and mipe off residue with a clean microfiber towel folded into quarters, and misted with either Meguire's Final Inspection, or Meguire's Quick Detailer.
After you have waxed the exterior of your PT, its a good idea to go back over your paint one more time, misting each panal with either Meguire's Final Inspection, or Meguire's Quick Detailer, and wipe down with a clean microfiber towel.
One added step I do just for show car prep is to apply a paint sealant over the wax. This will make darker colors likwe red, blue, or black, as well as metalic, pearl, and candy paints pop better, giving more vibrant color, and a more wet appearance. Paint sealant can also add several months of protection to your finish. If you choose to do this final step, I recommend Meguire's #20 Polymer Sealant. This product is easy to apply, and remove, and is inexpensive for a polymer Sealant at ($17.00)This type of product is more often carried in Automotive Paint Stores. The application process is the same as the wax. Apply sealant directly to a clean microfiber towel, and gently massage the chemical into the paint. Allow a few minutes for the chemical to bond, and react with the surface, and wipe with a seperate clean microfiber towel to visual perfection.
Please note that I have used Meguire's products to perform this detail for its cost effectivness, and ease of use. Though these chemicals are less expensive than some other brands on the market, they will produce the results in the picture of my Cruiser. These Chemicals are readily available at most Automotive Chain Stores like PEP BOYS, or NAPA AUTO PARTS, as well as many large Retail Stores like WAL-MART nationwide.
As always, if you have any detailing questions, you can either post them in this forum, or E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In part 7 of this segment, I will finish with a few small details to complete the job. As always, till next time, Happy Detailing!