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#21 Antv20

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 08:52 PM

Thanks Doc.


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 12:38 AM

Thank you sir! So glad you're back! Been missin ya and this write up is right on time as I just got some patriot wax and have been considering (after polishing my ZL1) layering sealant, glaze then patriot. I think it will give the "blue ray metallic" paint (dark blue) a nice depth of shine. What do you think?

 

The sealant and then glaze gives an awesome finish....thought I might try to improve on near perfection!


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 03:06 AM

Good write up Dylan, glad to see you back at Adam's. If you're looking for someone to test out the coatings, I'll gladly be a test car :D


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 11:54 PM

Thanks Dylan! This is GREAT info!



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Posted 07 January 2015 - 11:24 PM

Fantastic writeup! Very informative!
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Posted 12 January 2015 - 10:44 PM

Great write up... and now all I want is for Adam's to come out with their version of an opti-coat. :)



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Posted 12 January 2015 - 10:57 PM

Great write up... and now all I want is for Adam's to come out with their version of an opti-coat. :)

It is in the works



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Posted 12 January 2015 - 11:01 PM

It is in the works

 

I saw that. I made a quiet "yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees" at my desk. Hahaha



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Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:16 AM

Good article. Was just going to post this for a question, so I'm glad I looked here...

 

So for a daily driver, I don't see much of a benefit of putting on wax then. Sealant will do. I don't need it shining like a show car. 

 

now the garage queen corvette that gets maybe 5K miles a year... I suppose sealant can't hurt, but I feel like going right from polishing to a wax, topped off with glaze sounds like a good idea. and every time you wanna bring out the shine (car show, weekend outing) you put on a layer of glaze and you're good for another few days. probably wax once a month with buttery, and few months with americana

 

man, sometimes it gets overwhelming lol


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Posted 20 February 2015 - 03:43 AM

now the garage queen corvette that gets maybe 5K miles a year... I suppose sealant can't hurt, but I feel like going right from polishing to a wax, topped off with glaze sounds like a good idea. and every time you wanna bring out the shine (car show, weekend outing) you put on a layer of glaze and you're good for another few days. probably wax once a month with buttery, and few months with americana
 
man, sometimes it gets overwhelming lol


For your garage queen, throw down glaze before wax, it'll trap the 'pop' that glaze gives the paint and make it last longer.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:25 AM

Great write up! I just stripped and sealed my car on Sunday. It's been in the garage since I finished. Could I potentially go in tonight clean it up with some waterless wash (or even just detail spray?) and put a coat of glaze then Americana? Or does this process need to be done one after the other on the same day?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:21 AM

Spreading it out over a few days is fine. Just make sure it's clean before each step.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 04:36 PM

I'm almost done polishing my garage queen - 2002 Trans Am, 36k miles, white - and want to layer a few products. I have H2O Guard & Gloss, Americana, and Buttery Wax at home. I was under the impression that H2OGG was only for short-term protection, but here it's listed as a sealant that can be used as a base when layering.

 

Would it be silly to use H2OGG as the base before applying Americana? Or would I be better off simply using Americana (possibly topped with Buttery Wax)? My goal here is more shine than protection and for it to last the next couple months.

 

Between drives, I assume Detail Spray will help without much affect on the wax?



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 04:57 PM

No - it would NOT be silly to use H2O as a base layer and then put Americana on top of it. It probably won't last as long as Paint Sealant but there are so many variables that effect longevity it's hard to give an estimate.

 

I would NOT top Americana with Buttery. Americana is a very high quality wax that will give you an incredible shine. Buttery will not improve it. If you want to put Buttery down after a month or two it would be fine but if you have Americana - use Americana.

 

Detail Spray is perfect for wipe downs and will only boost the wax.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:47 PM

Great, thanks for the reply Beemer! I'll save Buttery for our daily drivers.






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