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I have a 2013 white Giulietta and my wife has a 2013 light blue Beetle.

What brands do you guys recommend in respect of polish, glaze, wax, clay bar etc.
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Clay bar is easy - Bilt Hamber every time.

Glaze - .50 Cal Cover- Up glaze or good old AutoBrite Cherry Glaze.

Polish - pointless if you're doing it by hand, you may as well just use a glaze instead. If you insist then Megs Ultimate Compound is about the best by hand. By machine then Megs 205.

Wax - good old Autoglym HD Wax still holds up well against its competitors. Also the range of waxes from Soft99 (King of Gloss and Fusso) are brilliant and easy to use.
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I've not used Mothers in ages but I remember it was good.
Auto Finesse do some great products, I have their interior dressing but I've not used it yet. Once I've used my Pink Sheen up I'll give it a whirl.

Also worth looking at the OCD Finish products. I really rate their SnowDrift snow foam, Purple Haze fallout remover and Finishing Touch quick detailer.
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Whats the difference between a polish and a glaze? And why is it pointless polishing if you are doing it by hand?
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A true polish contains abraisives that remove scratches and swirls permanently, glazes contain fillers to fill scratches and swirls temporarily.

Modern paint finishes have a clearcoat/lacquer, you could polish a panel by hand all day and you won't generate enough speed or heat to remove the defects, this is why using a glaze is the better option by hand.
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Tommy, i have just ordered some autobrite cherry glaze so if i wash the car then apply the glaze would i need to wax on top?
 
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Tommy, i have just ordered some autobrite cherry glaze so if i wash the car then apply the glaze would i need to wax on top?
You don't NEED to as it contains wax, but it doesn't last that long. However, I would apply a wax just to keep the protection lasting that little bit longer.
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You don't NEED to as it contains wax, but it doesn't last that long. However, I would apply a wax just to keep the protection lasting that little bit longer.
Thanks mate, i might put the auto glym HD wax on top as that has good reviews but i also have megs as well :think:
 
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Autoglym HD is a lovely wax to use. My absolute favourite Autoglym product. I put a coat on mine last week...
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Autoglym HD is a lovely wax to use. My absolute favourite Autoglym product. I put a coat on mine last week...
100% agree with this!

Applied a coat of Autoglym HD over the bank holiday weekend.. My first proper wax (always used the liquids/pastes before), and found it miles easier than anything else I;ve tried, and with much much much nicer results

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What sort of life do you get with the AG HD wax?
 
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9 days in and still looking good for me
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What sort of life do you get with the AG HD wax?
A couple of months depending on how often you wash it, time of year or if you apply top up products after washing.
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what would be a good top up product to extend the longevity of the wax?
 
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AutoBrite Project32 is good, it also enhances gloss too.
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AutoBrite Project32 is good, it also enhances gloss too.
will have a look for it now
 
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Just ordered some what a great price for the product
 
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Simple / stupid question...

As above its advisable to use a glaze rather than a polish.

When the car has been glazed - does it then still need waxing over the top?
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As above its advisable to use a glaze rather than a polish.

When the car has been glazed - does it then still need waxing over the top?
Depends on the glaze as some contain a small amount of wax, but ideally yes, I would apply a wax over a glaze. Glazes contain fillers that hide imperfections such as swirl marks and minor scratches. These fillers are easily washed away by rain and general washing. So to keep the effects of a glaze working for as long as possible it's a good idea to wax over the top.
It's also worth noting that the wax won't last as long as advertised because the glaze breaks down underneath, but it should still last a month or two.

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autobrite cherry glaze and Project 32 ordered....... i do hope the weather is nice this weekend
 
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autobrite cherry glaze and Project 32 ordered....... i do hope the weather is nice this weekend
Those two are a cracking combination, even without any wax.

Apply the Cherry Glaze in a thin, even coat, one panel at a time (even on plastics) allow to cure for about 5 mins and the buff off with a soft microfibre. Leave the car for about 30mins to allow the waxes in the Cherry Glaze to gas out.
Then apply the P32, one trigger pulling per panel. I usually spray it directly under my microfibre onto the panel and then spread/buff, this stops it streaking. You can apply multiple coats but leave for an hour between each one.
I also use it after each wash too.
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Those two are a cracking combination, even without any wax.

Apply the Cherry Glaze in a thin, even coat, one panel at a time (even on plastics) allow to cure for about 5 mins and the buff off with a soft microfibre. Leave the car for about 30mins to allow the waxes in the Cherry Glaze to gas out.
Then apply the P32, one trigger pulling per panel. I usually spray it directly under my microfibre onto the panel and then spread/buff, this stops it streaking. You can apply multiple coats but leave for an hour between each one.
I also use it after each wash too.
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i will do it tomorrow and get some pics on.
 
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Looks like rain all day
 
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I used the autobrite cherry glaze this afternoon, lovely stuff to use. Will wait till later or tomorrow before i use project 32 on top.
 
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