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Best wax to use on Silver 3rd Gen?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BigE4115, May 30, 2019.

  1. May 30, 2019 at 5:09 AM
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    BigE4115

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    I was swapping my grille and in the process of switching i got a few scratches on the front of my truck. It’s a silver 3rd gen and I was looking for some recommendations on the best was to use that’ll match the silver color. Any input is appreciated!
     
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    Wax doesn’t fix scratches. Buff out the scratches and then wax your truck. Picking a wax/sealer is like picking an oil, everyone has a different opinion.
     
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    Isn’t there like a wax that has some color in it?
     
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    not really, they are 'fillers' to hide the light scratches. But it will wear/wash off eventually, depending on weather and how you store you ride. Best case is to buff out the light scratches then polish/wax. Better yet, polish out the scratches, seal it, polish, ceramic coat it.
     
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    Thegenerik1 is correct, waxes will not cure scratches. It'll fill them in a little bit and make them slightly less noticeable but if you want to get rid of them the best thing to do is buff out the scratches and top coat with a sealer or wax for protection. I personally have had excellent luck with Collinite 845 Insulator wax on all my vehicles. Just make sure you apply it in very thin coats or its a PITA to buff off.

     
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    Scratches on the hood or the plastic?

    I dragged my keychain against my door in a tight parking spot once. I wet sanded the clear coat with a couple different grains. 1500 and 4000 IIRC then used some polish to blend it. Take your time and you can get it looking good.

    I like synthetic sealers like this for long term protection.
     
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    I agree with this. collinite 845 is the best wax i have ever used. It lasts over a year even in MA. I waxed my truck last spring, and water still beads right off my paint. I discovered this stuff when a guy pulled up next to me one rainy day, and I saw the water falling off his car like two magnets repelling eachother. I had to ask what the heck he used for wax. I don't think any other product can beat this stuiff.
     
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    I stopped using wax years ago, paint sealants are where it's at now.
     
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  10. Jun 1, 2019 at 9:58 AM
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    Bingo. Use something good such as Klasse or pinnacle diamond sealant. These get you a year or so. If you want longer lasting, go for a ceramic coating such as Gtechniq. This will last 2 plus years if you maintain it. Have it on my Taco for 1.5 years currently and it’s still holding up great. These are all SIMPLE to apply and remove, and all you need to do to really prep is wash, claybar, wipe down with alcohol, and apply. You can polish as well if you have scratches, but this will give you mush longer lasting protection than any type of carnuba wax (usually lasts 3-6 months).

    As for the scratch... if it’s deep, try coloring over it with a similar colored crayola crayon. Fill in the scratch with the wax, and then use a microfiber to lightly wipe off the excess. This works pretty good and is easy to touch up when needed. The wax helps protect the metal underneath as well.
     

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