Vette(s): 1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior
I use Griot's Garage Best of Show Wax. Best stuff I've ever used. I used to use Mequiar's Gold Class and Griot's is superior. I've heard many good things about Zymol and Zaino, but have no experience with either.
Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, c o c k y and in general a malcontent.
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Vette(s): 1974, 454 with 4 on the floor, matching numbers.
I've used about all of them except for Zaino & Griots. To be honest I really didn't notice that much of a difference, except for the prices. (I have a small fortune invested in waxes)The best suggestion I can give is to clay bar the car first. I did this then I used Zymol & then Zymol's Enhancer, the car looked great.
If I recall there was a recent posting on wax comparison and Turtle Wax gave the best result. They (Turtle Wax) now have a new wax called Ice, I will be trying that next and post the results.
I've used Meguiar's three-step process on our black '96 for the last ten
years, and while it's a considerable amount of work, it's been well worth
the effort. The protection is really superior, and will last through
washings and heavy rainstorms (yeah, I'm one of those guys who actually
DO drive their cars in the rain--no choice when it's your only car, as it
was for many years, but I would have anyways!)
I haven't tried the more 'specialized' brands, like those listed above, but
given today's technology, I'd feel confident that any of them would offer
premium results. In the final analysis, I think it's probably like so much
else in life (and Vette ownership!)--you get out what you're willing to put
into it. So I opt for the more expensive/labor intensive approach. I'm sure
there are exceptions to that rule, but I prefer to invest upfront in the
product and the work and enjoy the back-end benefits.
Plus, nothing's too good for my pride 'n joy! (And when the '78 gets
finished--oh, what a happy day that will be! Hope I live long enough to
see it!), I expect we'll be applying the three-coater job to that as well,
once the new paint has cured...
You can't really answer that question unless yourself tries all the waxes available and compare by your judgment alone. I've found out in websites and wax websites that I'm on, that everyone will tell you what they use and how good it is. Not to hurt anyone but it's true.
I will tell you I use Meguiar's more then Mother's, Turtle Wax and Zaino. To me all are good. I'm just looking for which one lasts longer. And most of them lasts about 1 1/2 weeks with only one coat because of my driving style. Mostly people wash, prep, polish and wax to make the vehicle looking sharp.
Good Luck with your pick.
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Vette(s): 1978 Silver Coupe (Andy)L48 with leather Oyster interior.(Born March 22, 1978)
2003 50th Anniversary Edition (Annie) Born January 14, 2003
In my opinion, for what its worth. Everything is a matter of personal preference. I've used a lot of the different waxes over the years. Including some of the high priced ones. If you are into show and shines, then they do a very good job. We drive ours a lot, and I have had issues with the C-5's butt attracting dust and looking dirty within a few miles from the house, unless I use Rejex. For ease of use with a very similar result I have found the Meguire's NXT is very good. Our 78 does not attract dust on its butt like the 03 does. The only thing that I probably am paticular about is putting the car away for the winter. I will wash, clay, wash, polish, and wax the toys, before the winter covers go on in garage. I don't like all of the summer fun sitting on the paint surface all winter.
Just remember no answer here is correct, just the one that works best for you.
I generally use Meguiars products, (http://meguiars.com/) little effort but lots of result - however, Buffalomilke (http://buffalomilke.com/) has some great products too that are as easy to use as Meguiars. It's a toss up between the two. It's easier to buy Meguiars right off the shelf, but Buffalomilke ships pretty quick, just one more thing for the off season list of things to buy.
I'm sure it looks great as is, but I also know of the adiction many of us have with dust, spots and swirls!
I use the "113" X Bead on the Vette about four times in the summer, it sets in the shop all the time and gets very dusty. The truck and the wifes car are waxed in the spring and right before winter to fight off road salt.
I use the X bead as needed, it takes off bug and bird do-do.
When washing them, Meguiar's Detailer Shampoo Plus seems to work well for me. I really don't like or have the time to wax them too much.
Vette(s): Frederick County Corvette Club (Maryland)
Tan 64 365 Hp Conv 4 sp
Red 72 4 sp Conv ..running a '68 327
Blue 76 Coupe L 48 4 sp
White 79 Coupe L 82 auto
Silver 98 Conv, 6 sp
35th Anniv '88 vette
I have been in the Car Hobby for 30-40 years now...and believe me when I say That I have used everything ...
For the last 5 years ( a extremely long time for me) I have used nothing but Finish First... easy on and even a week later easy off...Loike it so much I buy it in gallons (I do have 5 Corvettes)..
To me Zaino is darn good...BUT its work to put on...and I'm retired and do not like work...
www.auto-ease.com is a source for the product but I buy it at Carlisle every year...
Vette(s): 1976 Stingray white w/ T-Tops. Buckskin interior, 4-speed, 70K original miles. Everything restored but engine so far
These are great suggestions from everyone it's nice to hear about what people's choices are ..... currently I was trying Eagle One Nanowax which is their new carnauba spray wax. It seems to do a fairly good job getting a gloss shine for little effort . But because white seems to be tough to get the deep wet luster the darker vettes show.....I was curious to see what is used on white.
____________________________________ GREAT WHITE SHARK
Vette(s): 1977 #s matching Orange L48 4-speed and a
2000 Black FRC 6-speed
BOTH SOLD :(
On the '00 FRC I have been using Zaino for the past three years. Happy with the result, but somewhat pricey and I can only order it on-line.
For the C3 I have used DRI WASH 'n GUARD since I've owned the car - 9 years now. It's easier to go on/off than Zaino and holds its shine. I don't drive the C3 as much as the C5 so it's hard to compare how long the shines last.
As you're aware the condition of the paint and the prep before hand are big factors in trhe final result.
As many have said, go with what you like.
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Vette(s): had a really nice one. sold it to a good friend. Purchased 2004 custom coupe in Feb. 2009 did not tell anyone here until August 2009. BAD I KNOW.
I have heard alot about clay bars on this site i have never used one, could some one that knows about them share how they work, are applied, do you have to remove the chrome letters and scripts and badges? thanks
Okay its not a C3 but it is cool as hell.....
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