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Old 03-08-2004, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How long do you let polish and wax haze/dry before buffing?

I normally don't have any trouble detailing my car, I know most of the tricks and am pretty good at it. Last night it was taking forever for the polish and wax to haze. I was using Meguiar's #7 show glaze and #24 high-tech yellow wax. How dry to you need to let it get before buffing? I had to wipe the polish off the car like three times b/c I didnt let it get dry enough, it keps smearing. I thought 10-15 minutes was the norm??? Do you just cover the car and let it get fully hardened?
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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with Z****, typically about half an hour unless the humidity is very high.....then it could be an hour or so......

I have seen some folks leaving polish/wax on overnight in their garage and wiping off the next day, but I do not do so.....
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wow... ok so I was doing it way too quickly. I guess I'm used to waxing in the summer heat.
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It depends on the wax you are using. Some should only be left on the car for a matter of about 5 minutes while others for a longer period of time. It if was himid or you were applying with a wet/damp rag, you will have to wait longer. Before buffing off, just do a simple finger check. Take your pinky and wipe it in the wax to see if it flakes off or smears. If it smears, you continue to wait. Good luck.
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Humidity is the main variable for sure: more humidity more drying time, less humidity less drying time.

When I used to use the Meguair's system (#26 paste waxing being one of them) the tops I would leave it on was 20 min and that was really to take a break between tasks. While I don't really know for sure if there is any real difference in drying times, the Zaino Z-2, Z-5 seems to take all of 5 min to 10 min max to dry.

If you have ever seen the dust (that is in your garage) on your car after being washed and sitting over night, my take is not to leave car care products like wax on overnight.
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with Z****, typically about half an hour
Is this a new product we haven't heard about :-?

As mentioned, humidity is the determining factor. Leaving any of the polymers on the suface in excess of an hour is not a problem. Carnuba wax, that is left to dry excessively, can present a problem when attempting to buff it off.

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i leave the zaino z-5/z-2 on for a bout an hour (the weather's not too hot).
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Yep... I was doing the finger test, and it was still smearing.
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I would never leave wax on overnight.....dont think it would be a good idea....but to each their own
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With the Pinnacle Souveran wax, you apply it and immediatlely wipe it off. I mean, immediatley. It does not need to "dry" in order to be buffed out. The best method is to do a section at a time. Total time for application and removal on my entire car is 20-25 minutes.

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When you can lightly pull your fingers across it and it removes the wax, it is time to remove.
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I use the show glaze and the only time I run into the smearing is when I put in on too heavy. I usually buff once with a towell, and then buff again before I put on the yellow wax.
We don't have any humidity problems up here.
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So do you all do the whole car at once? Or do one section at a time?
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Cobra, I do the whole car with the polish, buff it off (starting with the section that I put the polish on first) then go over with another set of towels to get out any smears. But I don't seem to have many smears even on the dark color. Like I said on the glaze/polish, use it sparingly.
After you throw the yellow wax on the car will look great.
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I use Groits Best of Show wax, it is bascially carnuba mixed with some oils and stuff that make it look wet. I leave on overnight to get good and dry and hard. It is so easy to take off the next day, and the results are fantastic.
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