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Old 03-23-2006, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how often do you guys wax your tacos?
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Old 03-23-2006, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends on several factors. I wax it when it needs it. It depends on what kind of wax it is. Synthetic usually last longer than natural wax. Washing your vehicle a lot will wear the wax off faster. If you park outside a lot, or in a hot climate it will make the wax "evaporate" faster.

I usually do my vehicles at least 4 times a year, and as much as 8 times a year. But that's considered excessive by most people.
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It rains alot here, hot climate. I wash my truck mostly every other day. So i wax my truck like 1-2 times a week. Not using the serious waxing stuff. My parents bought that purple bottle QVC waxing spray, works really good. Easy to apply, last for quite awhile.
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I think bogss was refering to a real wax job. I don't really consider there to be much paint protection in spray-on wax.
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Old 03-23-2006, 05:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Buy the best wax you can afford. I use a teflon type paint sealant by Granitize. I've been using it for almost 14 years. I live in Hawaii where theweather can be very harsh. Lasts a long time and is very easy to apply. Its in a cream form. I do my Taco every other month. Very slick and beads really well. Almost any quailty product will work well. Stay away from those once a year waxes. Nothing lasts a year with only one application neither does spray ons as Pb2 said.
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I live in Hawaii where theweather can be very harsh.
Yeah, 80 degrees, and sunny, with an ocasional shower is pretty harsh, I don't know how you guys survive out there.
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Old 03-23-2006, 07:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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^^^ LOL!!

PB, So since I live in New England and my truck has no garage, do you think I should be waxing twice a season? That was the original plan. Im not sure if our weather is as tough as Hawaii though!
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^ yeah, twice a season sounds good. What wax are you using?
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Nothing really yet, truck is about a month and a half old. I used the spray on wax about 2 weeks ago but realize I need something better. I used to use mequiars but havent had a vehicle worth waxing in 3 or 4 years lol. I was reading about the Klasse stuff you recommended. Is that what I should be using?
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Carnauba waxes and some synthetic waxes create a beading action when the surface gets wet. If you have tall, and tight beads then your wax job is good. As the wax job gets older the water will not bead up as well. The water beads will start to flatten out and not be as 'tall', or as round, and the beads will decrease in number. This is a sign that you need to re-wax soon.

But then there are waxes that have a Sheeting action. Klasse and Meguiars NXT are good examples. This sheeting action makes the water run off, and makes the car easier to dry off. But with sheeting action it's harder to tell when your wax job is in need of a renewal. Mostly, I just go by time; how long it's been since I did the last wax job. I can also tell by feel. If a towel doesn't slide very far across your hood then you need a new wax job. Or if the general gloss is gone, and micro-scratches start to show up.
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Nothing really yet, truck is about a month and a half old. I used the spray on wax about 2 weeks ago but realize I need something better. I used to use mequiars but havent had a vehicle worth waxing in 3 or 4 years lol. I was reading about the Klasse stuff you recommended. Is that what I should be using?
For the first wax job on your Taco, you might want to start out with something easier to apply than Klasse. It's good to learn the truck and the paint before you give it a real serious detail job with something like Klasse. Generally, synthetic waxes are easy to remove and apply. Meguiars NXT is good, and Eagle One NanoWax is good too. Then maybe sometime in the summer you can make the move to Klasse. If you apply Klasse in the late summer it should leave your paint well protected until Spring of the next year.
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Thanks man. I didnt see this reply right away. I always like the Meguiars so Ill probably stick with that until the summer like you said.
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Thanks man, I plan on doing it twice a season anyway so Ill probably stay away from the carnuba/synthetic waxes.
If you use Klasse you should need to apply it no more than once a season. It's durable.

And 24 hours after applying Klasse All-in-One you can apply Klasse Sealant Glaze for even more durability and gloss. Klasse AIO is in a red bottle. SG is in a gray bottle.

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Your too quick for me lol. Thats nice to know about only having to do it once a season. Do you do a quick wash before doing the Glaze after the 24 hours? I usually drive mine everyday thats why Im wondering.
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