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If you really want to be anal, read this. That's the method I use, for the most part, though I admit to using a synthetic chamois (The Absorber) to dry with. I use towels if I have enough handy.
 

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I'm a big fan of the chamois when it comes to drying. As for washing I go to a quarter car wash and do it myself. I just picked up the meguiars 3 step was system, and it works great. It starts with a cleaner wax to remove any dirt or fine swirls, then you wax again with the polishing wax, then finish with a carnuba wax. It takes some time, but works great. To wax I've been using a sock to apply and remove the wax, just not the elastic part. I've tried using a towel, but I got swirls in the paint from it. They came right out when I waxed with the 3 step stuff.
 

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Use a wiper blade specially made for drying cars. Just squeegee it across your car and most of the water will be removed. Then use the Absorber to get the leftover drops.
 

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The info I linked to coverd washing, drying, and polishing, mainly with towels, which is why I said something about not always using the towels to dry with. Sorry if that confused anyone.

My Zaino came with a sponge like applicator covered in towel like material, so that's what I use to apply. No scratch problems.

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I'm a big fan of the chamois when it comes to drying.
I'm assuming you're referring to leather? I used to be, but not anymore. Leather chamois are treated with oils to keep the leather from drying out; when drying with a leather chamois, that oil can transfer to your finish, and it creates smears and makes for extra work when applying polishes. I have not observed any chemical transfer to the paint with synthetic chamois.
 

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To apply wax...a soft foam/sponge applicator

To remove wax...a micro-fiber towel

My wax brand is Zymol. I use thier HD-clense first then apply their "Japon" wax which is specifically formulated for Japanese cars which have thinner paint.
 

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As long as the car is clean, the more you wax, the better. After all, it helped Daniel-san become such a great fighter in Karate Kid "Wax on, wax off. Good, Daniel-san" hahaha, anyway, no, wax to your heart's content. And if you use Zaino, you'll probably want to send in your photos if it looks spectacular, so your car can be on their website. Hmm, 100 coats of wax sounds like a nice round number to me...
 

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HAHAH 100 coats...i think i might just use zymol...or is it zymoil? =)...but yea gotta head out to walmart...and btw sbtanman u still looking for some tint?, im still waiting to get another quote from total eclipse...but i want to go there in person but this damn rain haha...hopefully i can go soon...
 

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Yeah, I'm still shopping around, brands versus price versus installers. I know it's annoying to installers, but I want to get a good deal and a good product, and sometimes that's pretty tough to do. When you get to TotalEclipse, do me a favor and ask if they have Llumar? I tried to email them, and it didn't do any good.
 

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funkyfreshmonke said:
does it hurt to wax your car more than 2 times a year?
haha, then my car would be dead. my car gets waxed about every 2 months. i want to keep the black looking nice, and the meguiar's doesn't last long. just strip off the old wax before you apply the new wax though, the old stuff dulls after a while.
 

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SBTanMan said:
Yeah, I'm still shopping around, brands versus price versus installers. I know it's annoying to installers, but I want to get a good deal and a good product, and sometimes that's pretty tough to do. When you get to TotalEclipse, do me a favor and ask if they have Llumar? I tried to email them, and it didn't do any good.

haha alrite...how exactly do you pronounce that? lou mar...or you-mar? lol
 

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csweeney said:
funkyfreshmonke said:
does it hurt to wax your car more than 2 times a year?
haha, then my car would be dead. my car gets waxed about every 2 months. i want to keep the black looking nice, and the meguiar's doesn't last long. just strip off the old wax before you apply the new wax though, the old stuff dulls after a while.

right on...yea im wanting to wax mi car very soon...then i need to borrow someones real digi cam, not my stupid pen cam and take pictures for the forums..
 

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I was waxing my car with Armor-All Carnauba Wax and Polish. Whoa! The car started attracting bees! I heard there's something called synthetic polymer, it protects better than wax and is easier to work with. Anybody know of a good brand? Or even if it's worth my time? But the bees did freak me out a bit.
 
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