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Clar bar / Polish / Wax

Last Saturday was the first time I EVER clay bared my car, EVER! My friend clayed his 350z and I clayed my white 5th gen. We used Mothers Clay Bar, the kit came with the lubricant and 2 clay bars. It took me about 1 hour ,or maybe a bit more to clay the whole car. The end results - It seemed a bit more glossy, but the whole car felt very smooth.

So, my question is , I wanted to perform my first polish and wax this coming Saturday, so do I have to clay again to polish and wax, or should i just wash the car normally with some car shampoo, then polish and wax?

I have a lot of swirl marks, light scratches and some green like stain on my trunk that doesn't come off, so does polish tackle all of these? I have turtle wax for the wax is it good? What polish do you prefer? I would be doing all of these my hand, I have no tools.
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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

I dont believe you need to clay it again. wash an polish an jus sit back an have a cold drink.
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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

Scratchs and swirls require more than just a wax and polish to go away. The wax/polish MAY hide them for a short period of time 1-4 weeks.
Removal will require the use of a real polishing compound like meguiars scratch-x or swirl- x

My recomendation is to use some swirl-x(follow the directions on the bottle or go to meguiars online) and then follow that up with some nxt gen 2.0 paste wax. Should look great by the time you're done
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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

Dont worry about claying the car again.
Just a simple wash should suffice before you decide to tackle the car with a polish.

Like LUDEZILLA said, Meguiars swirl-x or scratch-x are your best bet if you are planning to polish your car by hand.

Plan on protecting the paint with a nice wax like NXT 2.0 or Meguiars M26. M26 can be found at your local auto store.

For reference, you can see pictures of my last exterior correction when I used M105/M205/M26.

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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

liquid glass if you can find it is absolutely the best and easiest polish to remove from a car. you should not have to clay again so soon after though. i would have done them both the same day.

Liquid Glass Polish/Finish from ShopMPT.com
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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

Preparation is everything. For an extra hour's work, I would clay it again. Technically after the panels have been clayed, there is nothing on them anymore, so you should always polish after a clay treatment. But it probably isn't really required.

Personally, I claybar, then I use a de-waxer to ensure the panels are totally clean, then start with the polish.
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I went to Kragen today, and I was looking around for some of Meguiars products, so I ended up buying the Meguiars Swirl X. I went to my friends place, washed my car, then put on some Swirl X on a clean microfiber towel and slowly rubbed it in for about 15 seconds. Then after that, I wait about 10 seconds, and then wipe it all off with another clean towel. I then looked at an angel where the sun was at and all the swirl marks were still there, so I did it again and its all still there. Did i do something wrong?

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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

How To Remove Swirls By Hand - Car Care Forums: Meguiar's Online
you didnt apply it correctly
use a foam applicator and some pressure

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Re: Clar bar / Polish / Wax

Today I purchased a foam applicator pad for the swirl x, it did take off/lighten up some hard scratches I had. But, I couldn't take out any swirls, I put some on the applicator pad, then buffed it out around a small section, then wiped off with a clean microfiber tower.

Also, I used some Nxt 2.0 right after that, on the package it says wax the whole car with a thin layer, then wipe off with towel. So does that mean I should put on a layer of wax on the whole car, then wipe it off? I always thought I do one section at a time. Is the wax suppose to be crusty-ish/hard when i wipe it off? I'm a total noob at detailing.
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Also, I used some Nxt 2.0 right after that, on the package it says wax the whole car with a thin layer, then wipe off with towel. So does that mean I should put on a layer of wax on the whole car, then wipe it off? I always thought I do one section at a time. Is the wax suppose to be crusty-ish/hard when i wipe it off? I'm a total noob at detailing.
With a good quality polish, the longer you leave it the better it is. When I detailed my mate's car for him to sell I applied all the polish in the morning, then came back the next day and towelled it off after work, leaving the polish to cure for over 24 hours. This is called overkill, and a similar result can be had leaving it for 20 minutes. Which means yes, go around the whole car putting the stuff on, then go around the whole car and take it off.
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