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Old 03-04-2019, 02:17 PM   #1
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I'm looking for recommendations on the newer-generation polishes and waxes. Which (if any) have merit, and which are snake oil?

If possible, I'd like to ID a good "happy medium" DIY product - not a six dollar bottle of the usual polymer wax which does not last very long, but not a six thousand dollar treatment either. On other forums, there have been discussions about high-end paint treatments with buzzwords like "nano" and "ceramic". But reportedly, those treatments are both extremely expensive and extremely labor-intensive, requiring an impractical amount of ongoing maintenance to sustain the associated warranties.

For the past 4 years, I have used a polymer product called Rejex, which was recommended by AIrstream. It works well -- for a product of its generation (it doesn't last very long). The tech is constantly evolving and I'm wondering what other options are now available.

I know there are multiple people on here with older Class Bs with various paint finishes who may be seeing a lot of weathering in their paint by this time. Ours is now 13 years old and beginning to show its age. I'm putting this thread here because this is not a Sprinter-specific question for me - the company that did my upfit (Airstream) repainted the van, so it's not an original finish that I have.

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Old 03-04-2019, 02:31 PM   #2
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I haven't tried any new ones in the last couple of years, but I probably tried nearly all of them before that on the drivers and on our 1970, now gone, hotrod. I never found anything that survived as well, looked good, and kept stuff from sticking as well as the very old school Collinite paste wax. It is white carnauba and doesn't need the horrible amount of rubbing and buffing like the old Simonize paste carnaubas did. It is actually very easy to put on and let dry before polishing off the haze with buffer or by hand. I normally will put a coat on the front edge of the hood and fenders before we go on a trip and don't rub it off, as that makes the first couple of bug removal washes really easy.
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Old 03-04-2019, 03:14 PM   #3
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... old school Collinite paste wax....
Interesting. There's a product #885 which is called a "paste wax". And there's a #850 which is a "metal wax". Have you used both?

At the very least, something heavier like that might be preferable for the areas that take the biggest beating.
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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For a quick touch up on the front and hood, I use Turtle Wax Ice. It is not going to provide a long-lasting finish, but it so darn easy it takes only minutes to use. No worry if you get it on black plastic or rubber areas and I actually apply it to the black side mirrors. I does not leave a chalk or power anywhere.

I too am interested in suggestions for a wax product that provides a lasting finish.
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Here is what we use.


https://www.collinite.com/automotive...oat-paste-wax/
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Thanks.

Amazon is weird. I went on to read some reviews of the 476 product, and it popped a message "This does not fit your 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500". I can't imagine why that would be triggered.
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Amazon is weird. I went on to read some reviews of the 476 product, and it popped a message "This does not fit your 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500". I can't imagine why that would be triggered.
It means your B does not need any wax. It appeared with mine about a nanosecond after I purchased it. I don't use anything over the clear coat. We're only about 350 miles apart, hope we will cross paths someday - you'll understand.

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Amazon's opinion is not necessarily consistent with mine. Only part of my van appears to be clearcoated - I have a huge garnet stripe down the side which doesn't seem to be the same formulation as the overcoat. I noticed yesterday that it's starting to show signs of oxidation, particularly closer to the rear end which bears the brunt of the highway abuse due to wake turbulence.

Our weather has been utter crap in Houston - 26 out of 28 days in February were rainy, overcast, drizzly, etc., and January was not much better (Houston is typically 50% sunny in winter but we have an El Nino effect right now). Everything is a slimy filthy mess. Having a decent wax of some sort over the clearcoat does make repeated washings easier, I find. I'm washing it a lot these days.
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Amazon's opinion is not necessarily consistent with mine. Only part of my van appears to be clearcoated - I have a huge garnet stripe down the side which doesn't seem to be the same formulation as the overcoat. I noticed yesterday that it's starting to show signs of oxidation, particularly closer to the rear end which bears the brunt of the highway abuse due to wake turbulence.

Our weather has been utter crap in Houston - 26 out of 28 days in February were rainy, overcast, drizzly, etc., and January was not much better (Houston is typically 50% sunny in winter but we have an El Nino effect right now). Everything is a slimy filthy mess. Having a decent wax of some sort over the clearcoat does make repeated washings easier, I find. I'm washing it a lot these days.

We will trade weather with you! We just came off of 44+ inches of snow in 24 days, and the last two nights have been -18F at our house. We are on the northern edge of the Minneapolis suburbs.
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I've had consistently good luck with Meguiar's (https://www.meguiars.com/#/) products. I don't know that they're the absolute best, but they're pretty darned good. As their website is chock-full of good information; you might want to visit it. Mother's products also have a good reputation, though I've not tried them.

An absolutely wonderful font of information and how-tos is contained in the collection of Dallas Paint Correction videos on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...int+correction). Scott cuts right through all the hype that's out there in the detailing world with no-nonsense, straightforward advice. Plus he's an entertaining guy.

Last but not least is the Corvette forum. I frequent it, since I own one of the beasts, and have found a lot of good info in the car care section there. (https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...discussion-10/) But you have your BS filter set on "high," because folks there are frequently way too anal about their cars and product preferences.
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