I polished and waxed my truck yesterday. Is that ok?

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  1. TheGoodTexan

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    I spent last week in the woods of East Tennessee. Stayed in a cabin. Rafted the Ocoee. Kept my truck in FWD (edit: 4WD) much of the time.

    By the time I got home, there was mud, dirt, and bugs all over it. It needed more than a wash to remove everything. So yesterday I washed it... clayed the hood, top, and tailgate... then compounded (polishing compound) a few areas to get hard stains off... then black polish (by hand) ... then carnauba wax (by hand)... then finished it off with a synthetic spray wax.

    Too much trouble for a truck? Maybe... but it's the second most expensive item I've ever owned, after my house. And I've only had it a year. So... Maybe someone will make fun of me for having such a shiny truck, but I'm ok with that.


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  2. rasr1

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    FWD?
     
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    Im sure it rained today then!
     
  4. TheGoodTexan

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    FWD... 4WD
     
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    I’m guessing 4WD.

    :) Peter
     
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    Nothing wrong with a little polishing. You gotta feed that paint.
     
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    Yeah, nothing wrong with waxing your truck IMHO. I wouldn't do it to the house, however. Too much work . ;)
     
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    I've got a new black vehicle too. Hate it when it's dirty, but oh boy does she look sweet when she's cleaned up...
     
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    Now you are bound to wreck it!
     
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    More Pics!! Just bought me a 2019 Chevy Silverado Z71 RST, and never dug a Truck more!! Everywhere I go, somebody gives her compliments.
     
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    Waxing a truck?:rolleyes::cry:
     
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    I’ve had a succession of black BMWs, black metallic, and current is what I call “light black”. BMW calls it mineral grey.

    Black can benefit from specialized waxes. I’ve tried most of the best ones and highly recommend Zymol Carbon. It’s applied a little differently - you don’t let it dry, just apply to a manageable area and buff it right off. It ain’t cheap, and you have to keep it in the refrigerator, but results are worth it IMHO.

    I have two cans in the fridge now, because the silver Boxster uses Zymol Creame. Thank goodness the wife is a car enthusiast too or there might not be wax allowed in there.
     
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    I wash mine every 4 or 5 months, whether it needs it or not. It's only 8 years old, so I haven't waxed it yet.



    Mine's white, though. I'd probably step it up if it were black.
     
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    Hey! At least I don't have heated leather seats.
     
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    I've had several black vehicles over the years too. The process I've come up with is using a black-specific polish (not wax) first... which will help remove any irregularities in the paint. A black polish really seems to fill in the gaps, so to speak, and makes everything shine. Then I go over that with a healthy dose of carnauba wax, in order to protect the paint from the elements. I love doing two types of wax (natural, then synthetic) after a polish. Water will bead up for months. And the next time I wash it, I'll only have to dry it off well with a towel, it 95% of the shine will remain.
     
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    Wax on....wax off grasshopper!
     
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    Truck looks incredible.

    Nice!

    What the heck? That's time well spent.
     
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    Washed your truck? I was wondering why we started having all these rain storms in east TN!
     
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    My cars never see the kind of dirt that your truck did over the holiday, so I can see using a polish first. But be careful with repetitive use of polishing compound, because it’s taking off a little of your clear coat with every use. OTOH I recently talked to a body shop owner who told me that the new clear coats are done with very high-solids material and can stand up to lots of rubbing.

    If I had a new truck I would consider diy ceramic coating. I’ve ruled it out for our cars, staying with wax. But trucks are so darn big and time-consuming the nano tech filling of the paint once every year or two sounds attractive.
     
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