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      06-25-2018, 11:18 AM   #1
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Best balance of protection with minimal white residue...

So itís been quite a while since I paid attention to car finish protection technology...most of the cars I have Iím not really looking for the best looking finish...Iím waxing to protect the finish from bugs and chips mainly.

Well Iím lookong for something that gives a good balance of protection and shine and hopefully mimimal white residue. My car had a lot of road rash chips on the bumper that Iíve fixed with Dr. ColorChip, and while the chips look good from a few feet away they arenít even with the undamaged finish. So Iím trying to find a wax that will protect the finish but not leave white residue in the repaired chips...

Alternatively I suppose I could spend time with a toothbrush cleaning out the chips after I wax the car...
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do two steps paint correction and then protect paint, glass, wheels with ceramic coating. by the way wax doesn't protect car from rock chips

here is my thread http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1388355
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      06-28-2018, 03:18 PM   #3
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Thankfully the days where paint protection stained plastic trim are long gone. There are plenty of very easy to use waxes and sealants that will not stain or harm plastic trim.

Some of my favorites would be:
Power Lock Polymer Sealant
Gyeon Cure
Meguiar's Synthetic Spray Wax

As previously mentioned, there is no wax, sealant, or coating on the market that will prevent rock chips. The purpose of these types of products is to temporarily protect your finish from environmental contaminants. If you want impact protection you should look into clear bra (aka paint protection film) such as Xpel, Suntek, Stek, or another reputable brand.

Let me know if you have any other questions

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