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Old 07-31-2004, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As the title says. Some statements and questions follow.

My car is only 7 days old, 330 Ci with ZHP. Alpine metallic or whatever that metallic silver color is that everyone else has. I put about 700 miles on it this week (want it broken in the drive it properly heh), and it's been raining persistently all week too, so I had lots of dirt, tar and brake dust on mostly the lower part of the car.

I didn't plan to wax it at first, so I used a weak soapy solution (armor all car wash). The last bit of the car I washed was the rims. Cripes! The brake dust from only a week was outrageous. Mixed in was a fair bit of tar that was barely touched by a wheel cleaner spray I had; I used bug & tar remover spray (touted safe for clear coat), which seemed to get rid of the copious crud, but it wasn't easy at all.

Halfway through the rims, I noticed the water was drying on my car leaving spots; I almost screamed in fear, and started to chamois off the car with my brand new, dedicated chamois. So....

Question #1: How come no one here seems to mention chamois as a way to dry their car without water spots? I have always done this, and it works very well as long as the water doesn't dry. I have had well-cared for chamois last for several years

Question #2: Does this brake dust slow? I am hoping I had so dang much because of the brand new brakes. I do try to go easy on them.

Next...got all the rims clean, and car dried off...then it started to rain...so I jumped in and drove the car into the garage. Left it there to finish air-drying, and did some work around the house. I looked at it a couple hours later, and it had awful water spots, and even though I used a weak soap solution it felt like it never had seen a coat of wax. Despite what my Dad has always insisted (new cars don't need wax), I broke out the new bottle of Maguiar's NXT wax.

Just for the record, on my shelf I have two kinds of polish, two kinds of wax, (counting the NXT), etc etc -- I have used a lot of different stuff and have some experience. I usually use maguiar's carnuba yellow wax, because it lasts forever. Never used zaino before (maybe if they sold it in stores...?)

The NXT is pretty impressive; made a definite difference, even on a brand new car with a brand new finish. Easiest wax I have used to remove -- and the shine looks awesome. It even smells good.

No dings or scratches yet either

But the real buzzkill of the whole thing was how difficult it was to clean the rims...
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