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#1 (permalink) Old 07-25-2004, 08:01 PM
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I am new to BMW and this forum. I had a boxster before this 01 325i. I am looking for the best polish or wax for my BMW. I have read other treads about using Maguires or Zanio. Has anyone done a comparison or have an article that has?

Also, reading about using Zanio, they say it improves with more coats. What is the process that people are using to get the best shine? How often between coats?

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All I know is we use Maguires in the shop...I personally use Mothers Spray Detailer on a daily basis, Maguires after I wash it...

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Mothers is great stuff.
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I use Meguire's Gold. I like Meguire's because you can apply the wax to your whole car, and then go back and buff it out. I see that Meguire's recently came out with NXT or something like that. I have used the touch up NXT spray wax. Very easy to apply and remove and has a great shine.

But I am definitely not an expert in waxes.

By the way, what is it about Mother's that people like so much? Is it easy to apply/remove, great protection, long lasting ???? I have never tried it.

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i use the mothers thre stage wax system it looks and feels good.
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Meguiars.......used for the first time on my month old baby yesterday...works like a breeze........awesome


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I use Meguires its excellent stuff. especially the quick wax.
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I use Zaino and the shine you get is unbelievable....especially on a black car. Zaino will give you a better shine than any wax that I know of, but it requires numerous coats to do it.

Essentially, you have to make sure the car is completely clean (like clay bar removing contaminants clean) because Zaino is 99.9% optically perfect....so any imperfection will be maginified more and more with each coat. Then you use the car wash and wash your car a few times. Now the fun part.....this is where the layering comes in. You put a THIN layer of polish and let it cure (can happen is 20 minutes if you use their ZFX additive....6 hours otherwise). Then once you rub the dried polish off, then you put on a gloss enhancer spray and rub that in. Then repeat (put another thin layer of polish, then another layer of gloss enhancer). It will look 'ok' after 1 layer, but you will start to see a sick shine after 2-3 polish layers. I have heard of people doing up to 50 coats (which is just insanity).

Once you get good at using their polish, you can do a whole car with just 1oz of polish....and each bottle holds 8 oz.

So I guess it all comes down to how much time you want to spend polishing your car. B)
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