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I use Zymol carnuba. Takes 4 hours to wax the car by hand, but damn it looks nice afterwords.

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Exceldetail was RIGHT

Have 3 black Bimmers.Ordered the Blackfire kit.Clayed first and then used the other 2 steps and OH MAN .LOOKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Excel I'm payin attention .......
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Formula 1 waterless wash and wax. Get the whole car done in just under an hour. Pretty hard on the towels, though--takes off a lot of dirt!


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Okay I know I'm probably doing it all wrong so I need some advice on not what brand to use only but also the steps I should take.

My 1995 525i no longer has an excellent paint job, and the dings and scratches are visible and very annoying. I used a carnuba wax and also found it to be very hard to apply and then remove, I'm currently using a synthetic liquid polish and while its easy to apply I'm not to impressed with the shine.

I probably should be using more than one product at the same time but I don't know what would be the best. And also is there a polish out there designed for certain color cars?

Would applying Carnuba Wax to fill the scratches and then afterwards applying the liquid synthetic polish be a good way to get a better shine and scratch removal?
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Wow, I started this thread in March 05 and its still alive! I ended up using Mothers Carnuba... Looks very nice, going to do it again next week i think.

btw, im suprised how diverse everyones brand selection is!


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everyone should post pics! id love to compare them... also what pre treatment are you all doing?
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Have 3 black Bimmers.Ordered the Blackfire kit.Clayed first and then used the other 2 steps and OH MAN .LOOKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Excel I'm payin attention .......
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i am all about zaino brothers wax!!
they dont make wax, they make polish, and they are without a doubt the best...

second best is meguiars professional grade, stay away from nano wax and gold glass and crap like that

Zaino > Meguairs proffesional grade(#7,#26,#6) > all the other crap



meg clay bar, 2 coats meg professional grade #7, followed with 1 of #26, car had terrible oxidation to start with...

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what about that P21S wax that BavAuto sells... Im tempted to try it...


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I bought that new turtle wax ice... looks pretty sweet. anyone try it? i think ill try Zymol after this if i dont like it.
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Hi, I also have a black BMW. I started out using Mother's California Gold Carnuba, but I about broke my A... getting it off. I found it terribly difficult to work with, however, I was waxing it by hand. Since then I have switched to Zymol. It is a liquid and much easier to work with. It does a great job too!

Don't forget to clay your car at least once a year.

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I use Zymol carnuba. Takes 4 hours to wax the car by hand, but damn it looks nice afterwords.


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I should have listened to all these previous posts!

ZYMOL FTW!!! Took a while, but the car looks amazing and took a bunch of little scratches that were bothering me. Stay away from mothers, pain to work with, didnt take scratches out, and its sooooooo hard to get of any plastic moldings. The turtle wax ice is good, but i dont see it lasting too long... (tried it on my dads rendezvous)


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I use GOLD CLASS spray wax, it sure is expensive but does the job with terricotton towel in like 10 min, that means i wax my whole car in 10 in and my car just shines like glass, no buffing like a dog or anything, just instant shine.

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Being the new (old) kid here, I thought I'd chime in with wax preferences. I noticed Excel Detail also posted here....I'd give him a shameless plug anytime. He has excellent products and online service that is fantastic!

Okay, on to the wax(s). There are a ton of products out there with as many companies marketing them. I have found it's up to the customer to decide how much time he/she wants to spend on waxing their ride.

As a general rule: Sealants offer longer lasting protection than carnubas. The ones I'm familiar with are: Klasse, Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant, Meguiar's M21 Synthetic Sealer (professional series), and Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax, and Collinite Insulator Wax. I especially like them in the winter for durability.

Carnuba's: Pinnacle Souveran (top stuff), Meguiar's #26, Collinite Carnuba are good ones.

No matter what your preference, it's prep-prep-prep. Wash + Clay + Polish to remove scratches and swirls + End product (Carnuba or sealant) will give you the results.

Here's a 740i Sport metallic gray that I just finished today. I started with 3000 grit and an air sander to knock off scratches. The front bumper was peppered and the headlight lenses were awful. Then, compounded with a rotary polisher using Optimum Compound (light stuff, but I'm not trying to take away clear coat). Then, apply glaze to add oils back to the paint. That process takes the better part of 8 hours for this old man.

My final coat of wax was Meguiar's #26 and the hood got a coat of Pinnacle Souveran because I wanted to show the shop owner how that performs.

Here's a couple of finished pictures.



Here's a shot of the hood. That speck you see on the front fender near the headlight is a bug BTW.


Whatever you decide, seek some advice from folks like Excel or Meguiars. It will save you time and money.

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