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      06-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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Detailing for the lazy guy with a lease.

What's the current go to, all-in-one, single-step, easy to apply by hand, easy to buff off by hand, lasts a long time, good beading, great protectant, no white residue leaving wax/sealant/polish combo. I realize asking this I am going to be the outcast in the group because I am not stocking my garage with 80 products and comparing the various qualities of esoteric waxes, but it is what it is. I am just looking for something I can use every couple of months to keep the shine up and protect the paint from sap, bird bombs and etching from water spots without spending a lot of time on the process. I have been waxing and polishing with p21 products for as long as I can remember, but it doesn't really last that long and I would really like a single step solution..

Before everyone firing me up, at least I don't drive the M3 though the automatic carwash (the 335 and 535 didn't even get that much respect)

If it makes a difference it's a 2011 E92 AW and I live in pretty hot climate here in TX.

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      06-19-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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      06-19-2011, 07:46 PM   #3
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NuFinish.
Are you kidding, you mean the $10 stuff from AutoZone?
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      06-19-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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Your miracle product that conforms to your wish list doesn't yet exist, but if you wait another 20 or so years, you'll probably find what you're looking for without issue.
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Collinte may be a good choice for wax.
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      06-19-2011, 09:34 PM   #6
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Your miracle product that conforms to your wish list doesn't yet exist, but if you wait another 20 or so years, you'll probably find what you're looking for without issue.
+1 By that time too we will finally get the self-correcting paint. Personally, I'm hoping for something that allows me to change the color of my car with the push of a button.

Really though, there is no magic product. I can see the minimal amount of work being Optimum No-Rinse for the car wash and maybe use a good spray wax? Maybe use an instant detailer in between washes...

End of the day, what really matters is how much will you care if your car has swirls/scratches. I care enough that I'm about to go over to my friend's house and "borrow" all of his expensive waxes.
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      06-19-2011, 09:53 PM   #7
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I use this and love it
Just spray it on when the car is still wet
Wipe it on, as you dry the car
And wipe one more time with a clean towel
http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Wax-T-9.../dp/B0007TV6M0
This is what it looks like after I use it


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      06-20-2011, 10:24 AM   #9
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I have had good success with the One Step Sealant from Griot's Garage. Used this on a previous car and then one year latter. After many drive through washes, sitting outside, trips, and various weather events. The finish was still in decent shape 12 months later and the spring clean up was much easier with the tar and bug removal.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...C+16+ounces.do
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I have had good success with the One Step Sealant from Griot's Garage. Used this on a previous car and then one year latter. After many drive through washes, sitting outside, trips, and various weather events. The finish was still in decent shape 12 months later and the spring clean up was much easier with the tar and bug removal.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...C+16+ounces.do
I've always wondered about this. I recently ordered their machine polishes & paint sealant, but the one step might be nice if I need to spend less time on the car.
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      06-20-2011, 09:17 PM   #12
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is that a joke?

Please tell me thats a joke, and btw, that looked more like a sealant sheeting than a carnauba beading
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I use this and love it
Just spray it on when the car is still wet
Wipe it on, as you dry the car
And wipe one more time with a clean towel
http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Wax-T-9.../dp/B0007TV6M0
This is what it looks like after I use it


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Im going to give this a try
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I use this and love it
Just spray it on when the car is still wet
Wipe it on, as you dry the car
And wipe one more time with a clean towel
http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Wax-T-9.../dp/B0007TV6M0
This is what it looks like after I use it


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I use that Turtle Wax product and it is the real thing.
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awesome, to bad the shipping cost more then the product on amazon ill grab some next time i goto target
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is that a joke?

Please tell me thats a joke, and btw, that looked more like a sealant sheeting than a carnauba beading
im dead serious...
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shade shots and at an angle = everything looks good!!! even my DD/work suv which hasnt been polished in 10 months and washed only about 7 times in that span will look good from an angle....

every couple of month products:
meguiars microfiber finishing wax
CG EZCG / BFWD combo
clearkote vanilla moose after Red moose glaze
meguiars 151

But, I would recommend you spend the 250 or so every six months and have it polished. you can wax every month all year, and it still wont look at good as the polished twice a year car.
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shade shots and at an angle = everything looks good!!! even my DD/work suv which hasnt been polished in 10 months and washed only about 7 times in that span will look good from an angle....

every couple of month products:
meguiars microfiber finishing wax
CG EZCG / BFWD combo
clearkote vanilla moose after Red moose glaze
meguiars 151

But, I would recommend you spend the 250 or so every six months and have it polished. you can wax every month all year, and it still wont look at good as the polished twice a year car.

Hey Eric, can you list where those products can be purchased at and what does BFWD stand for? Thanks.
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BFWD+blackfire Wet Diamond sealant almost all the stuff Eric listed can be found with the detailing vendors on here, like detailers domain.
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BFWD+blackfire Wet Diamond sealant almost all the stuff Eric listed can be found with the detailing vendors on here, like detailers domain.

Thanks Hawk
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Heres what i do...

wash the car...

dry it with micro cloth...

spray the detailer quick wax... wipe it

and finally wipe it with dry clean micro cloth...
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Heres what i do...

wash the car...

dry it with micro cloth...

spray the detailer quick wax... wipe it

and finally wipe it with dry clean micro cloth...
^this

I use the optimum spray wax....also use the optimum leather protectant as well...both purchased from DD
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