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sirtanon posted a topic in AppearanceIt was reasonably cool Wednesday night (cool for Phoenix in July, at least - only about 90 degrees after the sun set). Hadn't give the Fusion a proper wash in a while - mostly just waterless washes since it's just been dusty and sunny - but with the 4th of July festivities, and a recent barrage from the birds, there was a buildup of 'stuff' on the car, and it was time to do a proper wash. First things first - I scrubbed down the tires using 5:1 diluted Meguiars D101 All-Purpose Cleaner and applied a nice coat of EagleOne Tire Shine Gel (which is solvent-free - always a good thing). A bit shinier than I normally go with, but looks great, so I kept it at full strength. Since one of my buckets cracked, I went with a Single bucket and grit guard, with plenty of pre-rinsing. No claying necessary. This time around, it was all EagleOne products, not intentionally, it just worked out that way. EagleOne Nano "Wax-as-U-Wash" car wash concentrate in the bucket. LOTS of suds.. I have really grown to love this car wash product. Produces lots of suds, very slick, goes a long way, and smells great... almost like grape. Used a Microtex Platinum XL microfiber chenille wash pad. Very thick and soft pad. Followed by a thorough spray rinse, and then dried the car with a PVA "Absorber" synthetic chamois, then hit the car with a full nose-to-tail application of EagleOne Nanowax Spray Wax, which I applied with a low-nap microfiber towel, let haze up, and then removed with a deep-nap microfiber towel. Turned out great!
Many years ago, I used to work for a delivery service and got to talking about car care products one day with a co-worker. He used a wax by a company I'd never heard of called Gliptone. After listening to him tell of this wax, that he only used once a year, I decided to try it myself. Now apparently this company is located somewhere near New York state and their stuff wasn’t available in stores in my area. However, I was able to find a car site online that sold their products and ordered some. When the wax arrived I cracked open the can. In the past I had noticed that good carnauba wax has a sweet scent to it and this stuff smelled like candy. Further I had to use a polisher to get it off once it dried, it really was no joke. However the finish was absolutely gorgeous, beaded in the rain like nothing I'd ever seen, and lasted about 6 months. Hell of a lot of work but well worth it. Since then I have been using Gliptone products and have been impressed by everything they've made. I just tried their sealer wax this past week and the finish was quite nice, not to mention a lot easier to get on and off. I also just tried their leather cleaner and conditioner on the interior, and my car smelled like a leather products store for several days afterwards. Anyway, I share this information with anyone that is interested in really good car care products. I have no affiliation with the company what so ever, just thought those who use this forum would like to know of it. You can find their products on Amazon.com by doing a search for "Gliptone". Unless you are good with a buffer, I'd stay away from the pure carnauba wax. Otherwise, everything else they make is user friendly.