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      08-31-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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Best long lasting wax/sealant for Alpine White??

All of my previous cars were garage queens and i use to get by using this wax from One Grand Blitz Wax. Super easy to buff off and lasts pretty long.

Now ever since i bought a new condo my car is outside all the time. I was planning on using the same wax but I was wondering if theres newer waxes out thats even better and longer lasting? This is for an alpine white sedan if it matters and I do have a porter cable that I could use.

I also use a lot of the quick detailer type wax/sprays inbetween washes and it seems to keep the paint in better condition than not using anything after a wash.

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      08-31-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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I like Klasse AIG/SG, Most sealants are 90% the same, and to be honest I have yet to be able to tell the difference after two months.

Waxes will last just a couple of months, sealants last ~6 months.
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      08-31-2009, 02:54 PM   #3
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right now i have CG M-Seal on my dd. its been 6 months since my llast detail and i'm still getting pretty decent beading. but most sealants should last about 6 months give or take. Jet Seal is on sale this month at DI for an extra $10 over M-seal which i think you will find is the sealer of choice on the forum.
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      08-31-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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I like FMJ for looks in the warmer months, but it doesn't last as long as Jet Seal. FMJ goes about 3 months, Jet Seal 5-6 from my experience.
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Anyone else with opinions one Jet Seal? I picked up a bottle about a month ago when it was on sale @ DI but never got around to putting it on. I read reviews on autopia and they we're not fans of Jet Seal.

I've been using Natty's Blue on Black Sapphire since I got the car in April. With the fall/winter months coming up, I'd like to switch to a longer last sealant to provide protection since I won't be washing my car as often.
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I've done a few white cars lately and I'm liking the look of collinite 885 on it. Leaves a slick finish as well.
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I've been using Zaino products ie: wash, clay 2,5,6 etc and it is the best stuff I've ever used. It last long and after it rains my car still looks clean.
I have to clay the horizontal surface on the rear bumper quarterly.
I get those nasty deposits that won't come off with Zaino soap.
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      09-01-2009, 02:41 AM   #8
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duragloss 105 is 6 months of sealing protection
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I've always been satisfied with Zaino (Z-5 topped with Z-2) for a durable protectant.
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Z2 and Z5 will give you 6 months easily

Opti-Seal also is very durable, easy to apply and no buffing

Collinite 476 is a paste wax that will last for 6 months or longer and Collinite 845 also will give you 4 plus months
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Opti-Seal also is very durable, easy to apply and no buffing
+1 , for how easy it is to apply and remove, I've been using this more lately. It looks great on lighter colored vehicles and offers great durable protection.

I'll usually apply the Opti-Seal then follow up with Optimum Instant Detailer to ensure no streaking and to get a lot of pop out of the paint. I also use Opti-Seal on windows and wheels as well.

Keep us posted on what you end up with and what you think.

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^^ Just placed my order for a bottle of opti-seal. Sounds like an interesting product with many people that swear by it.

I'll post my review when I get it on.

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^^ Just placed my order for a bottle of opti-seal. Sounds like an interesting product with many people that swear by it.

I'll post my review when I get it on.

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You will not be disappointed. Just remember a little goes a long way when applying.
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I've read that the Duragloss Marine Polish #501 makes white colored vehicles look absolutely stunning.
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I have been using the Menzerma FMJ with their spray detailer each time I wash and it holds up well to our tough elements out here. The gloss is pretty impressive and it is easy to work with.
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The longest lasting LSP I know of is FK1 #1000 synthetic german paste wax.
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I also like FK1 1000p from Finish Kare. Very easy to use and very durable.
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Put about 3 layers of opti-seal on my new AW 335 this long weekend.....I have to say I am very impressed with just how easy it is to use this product. You really do just wipe it on and it disappears! The shine is as much as you can get from a white car and the paint feels a lot smoother. I applied it to the windows, car and the wheels. Now lets see how long this stuff lasts and how well it beads water in the next rain storm.

My main concern with AW is those little black/red specks that sticks on to the paint especially the tail section. My buddies white jetta has tons of those black and red dots all etched into his paint and requires a good clay job to remove.

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Put about 3 layers of opti-seal on my new AW 335 this long weekend.....I have to say I am very impressed with just how easy it is to use this product. You really do just wipe it on and it disappears! The shine is as much as you can get from a white car and the paint feels a lot smoother. I applied it to the windows, car and the wheels. Now lets see how long this stuff lasts and how well it beads water in the next rain storm.

My main concern with AW is those little black/red specks that sticks on to the paint especially the tail section. My buddies white jetta has tons of those black and red dots all etched into his paint and requires a good clay job to remove.

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get an aggressive clay bar like meguiar's or adam's to do the job. Trust me. you don't want to be using a light grade clay bar to be claying that. It'll take you hours.
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I've seen a lot of durability tests done, and Zaino seems to always win. I personally use Collinite 476S on my car. A couple of coats can easily last a winter season. It's also very easy to use and leaves a great finish.
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