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I wanted to share what I just did because...wow. It looks unreal.

For context, 2 weeks ago I bought a very lightly used 2018 Accord Sport. Looks and smells brand new. The dealer "detailed" it before I got it, whatever that means. I assume just a wash, vacuum and wipe down.

I did some research and bought Meguires car wash soap and CarGuys Liquid Hybrid Wax and applied all that last weekend and the car looked great. Then I was emailing with the CarGuys folks and asked what their ideal protective protocol would be to keep paint looking great as long as possible. They said to use their Liquid Wax product twice a year, then after the first application immediately follow with the Liquid Hybrid Wax I'd used days before, then reapply that product every 1-2 months. And that's easy, you literally spray it on and wipe it right off and it looks great.

So I ordered the Liquid Wax and bought some Dawn detergent which they recommended to strip off any prior coatings. But then I was tired of streaks here and there and thought maybe a mechanical buffer would be helpful. Didn't want to spend a ton of dough, found this Black and Decker on amazon and one of the reviews was really helpful. The guy does detailing on the side and bought industrial velcro, applied the hook side to the buffer and now you can use any quality detailing pad with it. So I got all that and a Meguires polishing pad.

I did that project this morning and holy crap, it's unreal. Even my wife said "wow, I thought your car looked great before. Now I can see detail in the paint, little sparkles of other colors deep in the blue, your car just glows now."

I washed it, dried it, then applied the Liquid Wax and let it sit in the shade for about 45 minutes. Then I wiped it off with a microfiber cloth and then applied the Liquid Hybrid Wax, which you spray on and then wipe off as you go. once I got it all done, I broke out the buffer. Now at this point the car looked awesome. I was a bit nervous about using the buffer so started with the most inconspicuous part of the car, the back right corner of the car. That went just fine so I worked my way around the car. When I got to the hood I did a test. I buffed the left half only and then stood back and looked. Unbelievable. The buffed part was SOOOO much more lustrous and shiny. I finished the job and then just stood there looking at it and laughing in delight.

I'll try taking a picture tomorrow morning in the early light. By this point the sun was high and you damn near needed sunglasses to look at the car. I assumed pics wouldn't turn out well in that light. But this car that looked great after the detailing I did last weekend now looks MUCH better. I didn't think that was possible, I was just doing it for the protective value. But man, that buffer made a huge difference.

Here are the products I used, hope this is helpful to someone.

CarGuys Liquid Wax: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FTT92HS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

CarGuys Liquid Hybrid Wax: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y5KQSKF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Meguiar's polishing pad: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PYCXMUE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Black and Decker Buffer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000077CPT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Velcro Strips: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006RSP1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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LOL!!! That's a long ride for a wax job, but if I ever get to Austin lunch/beer sounds like a plan.

Thanks!!
 
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