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What is your exterior detail routine?

What polish/wax do you use?
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There have been lots of posts on this topic - if you use the Search pull-down function in the black menu at the top of the page lots of suggestions will be revealed - use the first search box and enter "Wax" in it.

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I used to detail professionally and have untold thousands of dollars worth of buffers, chemicals, microfiber towels, etc. Having said that this is what I use on our cars 99% of the time and all you need is a couple of terrycloth towels. I've used this since around 2004 and would not be without it.

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I used to detail professionally and have untold thousands of dollars worth of buffers, chemicals, microfiber towels, etc. Having said that this is what I use on our cars 99% of the time and all you need is a couple of terrycloth towels. I've used this since around 2004 and would not be without it.

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Have you used Collinite #845?
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Typically, I do twice a year full details on my Rav4. This includes a wash, clay, polish (Meg'Ultimate Compound if necessary), then seal with Collinite 845. I find Collinite to be superb for long term durability. Touch ups include rinseless washes (like Optimum No Rinse) followed by a spray wax. I have also used several waterless products that are great for touch ups without inducing any new marring.
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Have you used Collinite #845?

Likely a gallon or two over the years and I've recommended it on this forum several times. Why do you ask?

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Thanks RF and LX. I bought my 08 RAV this April and it was nicely detailed so i want to maintain the shine. Welcome NEWRAV4. You have good taste. Super site, lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks. Happy Trails, Ted

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Likely a gallon or two over the years and I've recommended it on this forum several times. Why do you ask?
I think that's going to be my go to wax with a spray wax for maintenance.


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I recommend the Zaino system, I think SeriousBlack put me on the right track.

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I think that's going to be my go to wax with a spray wax for maintenance.
An excellent choice. You must have the surface completely stripped of any other products prior to application for durability. There are many tutorials online about heating the #845 and shaking it thoroughly prior to application, look for them. Also two THIN coats 24 hours apart is best. For an actual spray on/wipe off product that contains carnauba I recommend Optimum Spray Wax. It plays well with Collinite. Quality microfiber towels are a must.

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