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First time waxing the truck

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by brosenz, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. Mar 17, 2020 at 4:41 AM
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    brosenz

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    I purchased my 2020 last October, hasn't used it much (3K miles), it has been mostly inside the garage, I just washed the car yesterday and I would like to apply wax for the first time, I am looking for good protection for FL weather with minimal applyiing effort.

    Based on reviews, I found Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wax to be a good product, because I haven't wax the car before I am planning to spray it and dry it to create the base layer (according to the manufacturer's directions). Then I will do a second application by spraying and rinsing (wet method).

    Do you have any other suggestion to maximize the paint protection, different product or an improved application method to maximize Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wax effectiveness, thanks
     
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  2. Mar 17, 2020 at 4:43 AM
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    KVTaco

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    If you want to do it right, I wouldn't just apply wax. Basically when I got my new Taco I went through a process of using a de-Ironing spray, I used dish soap to remove any remaining wax, polished it, then waxed it.
     
  4. Mar 17, 2020 at 8:20 AM
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    I use Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax. It's similar to the sealant dealers apply. Really easy to use. Just apply, let dry, and rub off with a microfiber cloth. And it won't stain black plastic or rubber.
    $20 at Walmart.
     
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    My truck has Ceramic Pro on it, wax will not stick
     
  6. Mar 17, 2020 at 8:30 AM
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    If you are 100% positive that no wax has been applied you can follow the below steps.

    1. Clay bar.
    2. Sealant
    3. Wax.

    If you want more gloss add a Glaze between steps 1 and 2.

    If you follow that process And then add quality washes at regular intervals followed by some type of detail spray you will get good results.

    Just remember that wax not only keeps the paint protected from outside elements it will trap whatever is already on the paint if not removed before wax is applied.

    Just for point of reference. My usual routine when waxing is as follows.

    Decon wash.
    Claybar.
    Glaze.
    Sealant.
    Wax. (Multiple coats)
    Detail spray.
     
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  7. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:02 AM
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    I too have gone down the slippery slope of detailing. Clay bars, multi step polishing with different pads, Opti coat, and spray wax.

    If you have time, money, and a desire to do get crazy with it, by all means, it’s enjoyable to do something productive.

    But otherwise, don’t overthink it. Get some clean rags and spread a one step polish/wax on it. Or use a spray wax. Follow the directions and make sure your rags don’t get dirt on them and scratch the surface.

    I was very happy for several decades detailing my own cars with products from the parts store before I allowed the internet to make me feel bad about not doing it to an extreme level.
     
  8. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:03 AM
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    same...
     
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  9. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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  10. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:33 AM
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    I find this product awesome and might be similar to yours. Applies easy no streaks.I just don't use the cloth they give you instead a microfiber cloth that I buy at Walmart in packs.

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06Y5KQ...olid=3H3GMA442WF4X&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
     
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  11. Mar 17, 2020 at 12:53 PM
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    I might have gone overboard.

    1. Wash with high quality soap and two bucket method.
    2. Clay bar the entire outside.
    3. Klasse Polish.
    4. Klasse Glaze.
    5. Klasse Glaze 8 hours later.
    6. Butter Wet Wax.

    I find Klasse to cause the best beading and last the longest at supposedly 12 months. The Butter Wet is strictly for appearance and I chose it for ease and speed of application.

    If I'm lazy I'll use Griots Best in Show spray. I know the truck will get dirty, hence why I chose a long lasting acrylic based sealer.
     
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  12. Mar 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM
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    Noted. The 4 hours of outside activity on a Sunday really didn't have much of an effect on my full time job.

    Some people enjoy doing things meaningful instead of being assholes on truck forums.
     
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  14. Mar 17, 2020 at 1:16 PM
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    I'd do a clay mitt wash between the initial wash and applying wax.
     
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    I’m not going to wax mine. I kinda like the used look.
     
  16. Mar 17, 2020 at 5:11 PM
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    Wax is obsolete, it’s what grandpa used. You want real protection go to detail supply and get real ceramic. The better ceramics have minimum 5 year life. You can do the windows and headlights too. Also a ceramic product for alloy wheels. Skip the usual products sold to public you want detail supply.
     
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  17. Mar 17, 2020 at 6:32 PM
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    Good choice on the Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wax. I've been using Meguiar's products for years and you can't go wrong with them.

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  19. Mar 17, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    I used to use Trinova's product line, great bang for your buck.

    Then I moved to CQuartz UK 3.0, and never turned back.

    So easy to clean and maintain, most of the time I just waterless wash then maintain with some top coater.
    After two months or so, I just add foam and pressurewash on top of the regular maintenance.

    One year and still going strong.
    Looks better than new.
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    Don't need to over think it.
    Use whatever you like. Wax doesn't last too long but great depth on dark colors.
    I've been using Maguire's Synthetic Sealant 2.0 forever.
    Between application is just wash and dry with microfiber or Meguiar's Waterless Wash and Wax for light dust. Don't ever use old rags or t shirts.
    A good microfiber towel is 300- 400 gsm. Anything heavier is a pain the ass to wring out.
    Once you use these microfiber towels , you'll be hooked.
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