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How often do you wax your car?

So how often do you wax your Alfa plus how often is it advised?
 
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i wash and wax every sunday morning,dont care what anyone advises,i find it theraputic and the car always looks clean.sad but true haha.
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Nice I have waxed it twice in 2 months and might do it again this week
 
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I usually clay & wax my car's about 6-8 times a year.
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Not often enough, I've got the banger (156) which doesn't really get alot done to it. The GTV hides in the garage.
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Full polish and wax every 4 to 6 months here on both the GT and Spider
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Clayed then AG SRP and resin 3 or 4 times a year. Washed with AG Conditioning in between, keeps it clean and shiny..
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Usually a polish and wax every 3months or so.

Don't do much mileage so it doesn't need as much as others may.

Need to get into this claying though, cars just gone past 12k so starting to pick up horrible stuff noticeably!! The stone chips make me want to cry, and the parking ding in my passenger door!!
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what wax is best to use saw one on ebay saying its the best one ever and only need to wax your car once
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what wax is best to use saw one on ebay saying its the best one ever and only need to wax your car once
Then it goes without saying that it is cr*p.
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It should not be necessary to clay your car more than twice a year. All that clay does is remove the bonded contaminants leaving the surface smooth and ready to polish and then wax. Claying every time is unneccesary and in fact could be bad for the paint.

It all depends on whether the car is garaged and what the conditions are. If you clay, polish and wax your car properly and wash the car every week without fail then waxing 4 times a year is more than enough. The use of Quick Detailers and Quick Waxes (both spray on products) helps to keep the surface smooth and shiny between full-on waxing sessions.

The five detailing steps are:

1. Washing
2. Cleaning
3. Polishing
4. Protecting
5. Maintaining
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Once every two years
Is that cause of C1 by any chance?
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It should not be necessary to clay your car more than twice a year. All that clay does is remove the bonded contaminants leaving the surface smooth and ready to polish and then wax. Claying every time is unneccesary and in fact could be bad for the paint.

It all depends on whether the car is garaged and what the conditions are. If you clay, polish and wax your car properly and wash the car every week without fail then waxing 4 times a year is more than enough. The use of Quick Detailers and Quick Waxes (both spray on products) helps to keep the surface smooth and shiny between full-on waxing sessions.

The five detailing steps are:

1. Washing
2. Cleaning
3. Polishing
4. Protecting
5. Maintaining
Exactly how I would put it.
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i'll do mine again before winter.
i clayed it 12 months ago and when i done it this time there was hardly anything on it. just the usual front wings and bottom of the doors.
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waxing

i use meguaires gold class polish once every 2 months,then auto glym resin polish as a top coat stops any crap sticking to it and makes my p reg alfa look like new.Had a lot of people at autoitalia day brooklands 1/5/10 comment that it looked as though i'd had a respray on the car,but all paint is original and it's alfa 130 red!Recommend meguaires polish though,brings the paint out lovely and will remove most marks/blemishes
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i use meguaires gold class polish once every 2 months,then auto glym resin polish as a top coat stops any crap sticking to it and makes my p reg alfa look like new.Had a lot of people at autoitalia day brooklands 1/5/10 comment that it looked as though i'd had a respray on the car,but all paint is original and it's alfa 130 red!Recommend meguaires polish though,brings the paint out lovely and will remove most marks/blemishes
If this method works for you then stick with it. However, the SRP is an all in one cleaner, polish/filler, sealant. It won't top the gold class up, it will completely remove it. So it might be this that is giving you the results that people are commenting on.

Like I said if your method works thn thats all that matters, just something to think about.
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The five detailing steps are:

1. Washing
2. Cleaning
3. Polishing
4. Protecting
5. Maintaining
Without sounding silly can you give me an idea of ideal products that you would use for each stage of the detailing.
I'm a little confused as the Washing/Cleaning sounds the same thing??? I use AG Car Shampoo so would this be suitable?
Also when do you apply the claybar?? After washing but before waxing?? I use AG Aquawax is this any use??
Sorry for hijacking your thread Chris. What clay did you use on yours mate, I couldnt believe the finish you had on it, the red looked like it was less than 12months old, immaculate mate

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The GTV gets AG HD wax twice a year. AG AquaWax everytime i wash it. After 2 years of AG SRP it doesnt really need it anymore. It helps that the car is a weekend only fine weather car these days.

The current 156 gets AG SRP very often to try to bring the paint up to a better quality.

The new 156 which arrives soon will get 2 coats of AG SRP then AG gloss.

Im not sure about using clay.....is it not a bit too harsh on water based metallics???
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Is that cause of C1 by any chance?
Of course (I'm referring to the bike becase the paint on the car may be too fresh). In a few weeks time I won't be the only one boasting about this....
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Without sounding silly can you give me an idea of ideal products that you would use for each stage of the detailing.
I'm a little confused as the Washing/Cleaning sounds the same thing??? I use AG Car Shampoo so would this be suitable?
Also when do you apply the claybar?? After washing but before waxing?? I use AG Aquawax is this any use??
Sorry for hijacking your thread Chris. What clay did you use on yours mate, I couldnt believe the finish you had on it, the red looked like it was less than 12months old, immaculate mate

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Not silly at all.

1. Washing - Rinsing, Shampooing, Rinsing again and drying. Your AG shampoo is fine
2. Cleaning - Would include the use of a paint cleaner if required and this is where claying fits in.
3. Polishing - This is the stage where the paintwork is polished by hand or with a machine to remove swirls, etching, minor scratches to achieve a high gloss. Also called "correction".
4. Protecting - This is where a wax or sealant is applied to protect the surface.
5. Maintaining - The use of quick detailers or quick waxes to keep the surface clean and shiny and remove bird bombs etc. I would say this is where AG Aquawax fits in.

IMHO far too much time is spent talking about step 4 - waxes (the sexy part of the job) and not nearly enough time is spent on step 3 - polishing, which is what actually gives you the flawless finish and shine but requires the elbow grease and sweat.
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Paul I will have to come and show you how,we can have a wash your Alfa day
 
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Paul I will have to come and show you how,we can have a wash your Alfa day
Sounds good mate, we just need the sunshine and its sorted!!!
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