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My last camry developed a lot of flaked off clearcoat on the hood and roof segment. I want to prevent this from happening again with the newer camry which is constantly outside in the elements. but I'm not somebody with the time or desire to scrupulously clay and wax my vehicle every other week. I'd like something that can easily be slapped on and protect the clearcoat and last a very long time. About the easiest thing I see is those automatic carwashes that offer wax as one of their superpremium options but I'm guessing this might not be the best way. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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The best thing you can do is wax your car with a synthetic polymer car wax that contains no Carnauba wax. These include Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax , NuFinish, Turtle Wax, and others, all of which can be found at places like Walmart. The ones that you apply, let dry, and wipe the haze off, will last the longest.

The main difference between these synthetic polymer waxes is how easy they are to apply and wipe off in adverse conditions like sunlight, and how easy it is to remove from plastic trim pieces that the wax gets applied to (usually inadvertently). Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax (or the paste wax version) is usually better in this regard and costs a little more (about $20 at Walmart).

You might be able to get by with a once a year wax job with one of the products listed above. I sometimes wax the top surfaces of my car a little more often, which gets subjected to bird droppings, etc, and waxing the top surfaces is a lot easier to do than the rest of the car.

Some automatic car washes have fairly harsh chemicals that are more likely to strip the car wax off, compared to a hand wash with the proper automotive soap. You could get a frequent wash and the spray-on wax at the car wash, but that gets expensive and doesn't last long.

I would at least do a good wax job up front (and yearly), even if you use an automatic car wash with spray-on wax. It is not necessary to clay bar unless you are looking for an extremely smooth finish. I don't think clay bar makes the clear coat last longer, just provides a smoother finisher.

There are some ceramic type finishes that can be applied by a specialty shop that will last several years, but they are a bit expensive.
 

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A friend has an 06 Highlander where the clearcoat on the hood is starting to haze-up + some peel.
Anyone with suggestions on what he can do to stop or slow this down?
Knowing him, there's no way he's going to have the hood sanded clean and repainted.
TIA :)
 
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