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Old 01-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Wax & polish that leaves no residue

Does anyone know of a polish/wax that will not leave a white residue in cracks and crevasses on a car/truck. I have never found one and I hate to see the white stuff in places it should not be.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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It's not the wax/polish that leaves the residue, it's who fails to remove it.
I have found that an old used tooth brush works to remove the stuff in tight areas.
Or even a stiff paint brush.
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LAWSON ........................
Try TURTLE WAX - ICE. It is the best I have found for not leaving that white residue.
The paint on my phaeton is original and in 78 years, it has acquired plenty of "patina". I can wax over this "patina" and have no white residue.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:26 PM   #4
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Several years ago Consumer Reports rated Black Magic #1 so I tried it. It is fairly amazing stuff. It never really dries to a white "haze" so there is no white residue in cracks like most other car finishes I've ever tried. And it seems to be an extremely durable and "slippery' finish. Any kind of "soft water" spots on it, like from a clean rain, I can wipe right off with my California Duster and rarely even have to wash it with water. And it lasts easily for a full year before I put it on again. The only downside is that because it does not ever dry to a full white haze it takes a bit more effort to wipe off after it does dry and a few more towels. To me it's worth it and I'll keep using it.

My 2 cents.

Oh, here's the Black Magic: http://www.blackmagicshine.com/wet-shine-liquid-wax.php

P.S. As per the instructions, the colder the surface the easier this is to work with. I usually put it on at the end of the winter while it's still cold but will be fresh enough finish to take me through the summer.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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LAWSON ........................
Try TURTLE WAX - ICE. It is the best I have found for not leaving that white residue.
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X 2 on the above No residue easy to install and remove
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Yup, Turtle Wax Ice does a nice job and they have a quick detailer for touch ups.
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I have never put wax on any of my cars. I use polish. Wax as you know leaves residue. And even when you put it on right it builds up and distorts the paint. Polish on the other hand, wipe it on buff it up. I personally use zano brothers polish.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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Here is what I found out about polish and /or wax.

Car wax
  • Car wax is a non-abrasive coating usually containing Carnuba and other waxes. It is applied after washing your car and dries to a thin, milky-white layer when applied properly and is then wiped or buffed off. The wax serves as a clear, shiny protective layer between the elements and the clear-coat that has been applied over the paint on your car. It fills in very tiny (read, microscopic) dimples in the clear-coat and will help them shine to near-showroom brightness.

Car polish
  • Car polish usually contains a mild abrasive that removes not only some of the more difficult road materials that could splatter onto your car like chemicals, salt, tar, and bugs, but also a very, very thin layer of clear-coat depending on how it is applied and removed. Eventually, the polish could clean away the clear-coat itself and after that it can begin removing paint that the clear-coat was applied to protect in the first place. For this reason, it is highly recommended not to use an electrical buffer when applying polish. Instead, apply and remove by hand or leave it to professionals. Some polishes contain Teflon, so don't even think of making your bathtub regain its luster using polish because it is too slippery.

When to use which
  • Before deciding whether to wax or polish your car, first wash your car thoroughly and make sure it is dry. Then lightly run your fingers over the paint, feeling for rough spots or elevated specks. If the surface is smooth it means you need only apply wax and wipe off according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you feel little bumps or irregularities, it means the defects are below the surface and the car needs to be polished according to the instructions of the polish you've purchased.

Ups and downs
  • We've already talked about the downside of polish. If used too often and wrongly (especially with older cars), it can eventually polish away the clear-coat, paint, and even the undercoat. If it gets that far along, the vehicle will need to be repainted. However, given technological advances, some polishes contain such mild abrasive or polymer blends that damage to the clear coat is minimal. The biggest advantage to polish is that it will shine a lot longer and water will continue to bead for up to a year.
    Wax, on the other hand, needs to be applied much more frequently and can actually melt if it gets hot enough, particularly on flat surfaces, like the roof and hood, which are exposed the most to the sun.




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Old 01-12-2012, 06:39 PM   #9
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For anyone interested in actual scientific testing here is the latest Consumer Report on liquid car finishes. Curiously, the Turtle Wax - Ice recommended by some is rated last. Even more curiouser, the Black Magic they rated first 4 years ago isn't even on the list. Of course, these ratings do not address the initial question about the white residue in cracks.

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Old 01-12-2012, 06:51 PM   #10
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At SEMA a few years ago, got together with the Surf City detailers. Really like the
Beyond Clay product, does an excellent job of cleaning with a waffle pad on the Makita vari speed polisher, set at 2, and does not leave a residue.
If you have problems removing that stuff along fender welts, try one of the spray detailers along with a tooth brush or a detailing brush (longer bristles). Then use your diapers or micro fiber cloth as a wipe up. Also, might want to use blue masking tape for protection.
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The polish I was referring too has no abrasives. It is one of those new polymers which bonds to the paint, but can be removed. It is used for those expensive show cars with the custom paint jobs. There is first a prep coat, shine coat, super show gloss coat. Very impressive.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:56 PM   #12
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I like Meguiars Gold Classic..I think its probably the best and easiest I've ever used. If you are not out in the sun, you can put it on the whole car and then wipe and buff, it never dries too hard and leaves a great shine and no white residue..
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #13
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I don't care what that report says. Turtle Wax Ice is the best one I have used and I've tried a lot of them. JMO
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I like Meguiars Gold Classic..I think its probably the best and easiest I've ever used. If you are not out in the sun, you can put it on the whole car and then wipe and buff, it never dries too hard and leaves a great shine and no white residue..

I like the Gold Classic too because it's easy to work with.

I do think that every product, even spray-on quick detailers, leave a residue if they're not properly wiped off.
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If I could get her to help on the car I am afraid it would give me a heart attack due to the sudden surprise.

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Several years ago Consumer Reports rated Black Magic #1 so I tried it. It is fairly amazing stuff.
News update: Black Magic is no longer available.
I've just bought the new top rated (by Consumer Reports) Mequiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 and will try it tonight and report.
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Does anyone remember Black Magic body filler that was produced in the early 60'S and maybe earlier. It was harder than steel and hard to work for a beginner like me. Marv
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Oh Yes--Good old Black Magic--It is what gave body fill it's bad reputation. That stuff was so terrible to work with, hardner was clear, so you didn't know when it was mixed properly. It got so hard it was like sanding a red brick.
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It's not the wax/polish that leaves the residue, it's who fails to remove it.
I have found that an old used tooth brush works to remove the stuff in tight areas.
Or even a stiff paint brush.
No matter what product you use, an old toothbrush makes quick work of the residue. I use a flame to bend the tip of the brush up slightly so I can also reach into tight spots. A brush like this works amazingly fast for this job.
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Yes, I learned the old toothbrush trick when I was in highschool, working at a filling station as a gopher.

With so many recommendations I am now really conflicted. I will just have to 'spearment myself I reckon.

Thanks for the input fellows.
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There ya go again with another "down on the farm" saying. Us city folk don't speak the lingo, so please translate the old geezer jargon?
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Does anyone remember Black Magic body filler that was produced in the early 60'S and maybe earlier. It was harder than steel and hard to work for a beginner like me. Marv
Yup, I sold lot's of it back in the early sixtys, the old time lead guy's were relulctant to switch over to palstic fillers.

I have been using Nu-Finish polish in the orange container, it's good but doe's leave white residue in cracks.
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Ford38v8,
I think he means ex-periment. Not to speak for anyone. I live in the country to!
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Yes, I learned the old toothbrush trick when I was in highschool, working at a filling station as a gopher.

With so many recommendations I am now really conflicted. I will just have to 'spearment myself I reckon.

Thanks for the input fellows.
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I see it now, Jeff! Didn't mean to malign the farmers, hope nobody took offense.
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I've just bought the new top rated (by Consumer Reports) Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 and will try it tonight and report.
The new Meguiar's went on and off real easy and didn't leave any white in the cracks. It doesn't seem quite as shiny as the Black Magic did but was a lot easier to work with. Of course, it's rated very low for durability. We'll have to see how that goes. Black Magic easily lasted a year or more and was as shiny after a year as when it went on and I mean wet look shiny.
Before using Black Magic for the last few years I used Nu Finish for years. It was really easy to put on and off and lasted a year but it left white in the cracks that had to be removed with toothpick or toothbrush. It is rated to last longest of all, even longer than the new Meguiar's I just tried, but I don't like having to scrape and scrub the white out of the cracks.
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I use Black Color True. Doesn't leave the white stuff.
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in the past ive found some polish that was made specifically for black cars and was supposed to help "fill" scratches. but it's been a while no telling if they even still make it.
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Lawson try eagle one wax as you dry stuff works well dont leave the white resdue eather and works well try it on your reg driver then see if you like it .
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