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#1 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:07 PM

So if anyone wants to ask any questions or needs any detailing advice just post it here in this thread. I myself own a detailing business and another member here codyyfz is another well versed detailer. Any questions on wanting to keep your new Edge in showroom condition, please post here and I will be glad to help.
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#2 OFFLINE   wilsons66604

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 09:45 PM

What's your impression of the finish of the 11 Edge?
How good is the clear coat ?
I'm lazy and I don't wax my cars much. I only spray wash it at the local car washes.
Once in a while I will use a mitt and bucket to cut through some of the grime.

Won't the factory clearcoat last forever??? :shades:

#3 OFFLINE   choff1138

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:27 PM

What's your impression of the finish of the 11 Edge?
How good is the clear coat ?
I'm lazy and I don't wax my cars much. I only spray wash it at the local car washes.
Once in a while I will use a mitt and bucket to cut through some of the grime.

Won't the factory clearcoat last forever??? :shades:



Don't get him started on the local car washes. :) He wants me to stand out in below freezing temps and coin op it. I promise I will have good intentions to do so - but I can almost guarantee that I won't. I would probably just not wash it till I can put the hose back outside...


Actually I wouldn't mind any tips. I will try to do the more work stuff next summer as it is too late here to be working on the car much outside and the garage is too small now.

#4 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:40 PM

What's your impression of the finish of the 11 Edge?
How good is the clear coat ?
I'm lazy and I don't wax my cars much. I only spray wash it at the local car washes.
Once in a while I will use a mitt and bucket to cut through some of the grime.

Won't the factory clearcoat last forever??? :shades:


I will be able to tell you more once I actually have the new Edge in my driveway. I have a paint thickness guage and will measure the thickness of the clear coat/paint when I get it.

If you don't want to wax your vehicles frequently, I would highly recommend using a sealant vs. a wax as they are much more durable.

#5 OFFLINE   luvford

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 09:36 AM

I have 2 questions:

1 - The inside of the windshield always gets a film on it... my Edge hasn't yet but I'm sure it will. I think it's something to do with the materials off-gassing. What's the best way to keep the windows clean inside and out?

2 - What do you use on the dash? I don't want it shiny just clean.

Thanks for being our detailing answer guy!

#6 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 10:02 AM

I have 2 questions:

1 - The inside of the windshield always gets a film on it... my Edge hasn't yet but I'm sure it will. I think it's something to do with the materials off-gassing. What's the best way to keep the windows clean inside and out?

2 - What do you use on the dash? I don't want it shiny just clean.

Thanks for being our detailing answer guy!



1. Stoners Invisible Glass is the best out there IMO.
2. 303 Aerospace is all I use and leaves a nice matte finish.

Any other questions, just let me know. :)

Edited by CanuckG35, 27 September 2010 - 10:03 AM.

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#7 OFFLINE   luvford

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 12:02 PM

1. Stoners Invisible Glass is the best out there IMO.
2. 303 Aerospace is all I use and leaves a nice matte finish.

Any other questions, just let me know. :)


Thanks! Just ordered some from Detailed Image along with the Poorboy's you recommended to choff for spot cleaning.

#8 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 12:19 PM

Thanks! Just ordered some from Detailed Image along with the Poorboy's you recommended to choff for spot cleaning.


Awesome! George at Detailed Image is a very experienced detailer and is awesome to deal with.

When using the Poorboys Spray & Wipe, make sure you have at least 3 clean good quality MF towels. You'll love this stuff. My vehicles always have this in the trunk along with a few MF towels, I never leave home without it! :)

Any other questions, just let me know.
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#9 OFFLINE   bpattie

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 01:11 PM

So if anyone wants to ask any questions or needs any detailing advice just post it here in this thread. I myself own a detailing business and another member here codyyfz is another well versed detailer. Any questions on wanting to keep your new Edge in showroom condition, please post here and I will be glad to help.

This is great having a Pro to ask, when you get your Edge you definitely will be due some paybacks. Canuck, how is the Meguiars NXT Tech Wax 2? Lasts?
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#10 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:27 PM

This is great having a Pro to ask, when you get your Edge you definitely will be due some paybacks. Canuck, how is the Meguiars NXT Tech Wax 2? Lasts?


It's not too bad for the price. The stuff looks good and provides some great depth and "pop" to your paint, however durability isn't very good. Expect to reapply the stuff at least every 4 weeks. It's not what I would choose to put on my own vehicle, however having said that virtually all of the products I use are not available over the counter.
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#11 OFFLINE   11Sport

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:46 PM

It's not too bad for the price. The stuff looks good and provides some great depth and "pop" to your paint, however durability isn't very good. Expect to reapply the stuff at least every 4 weeks. It's not what I would choose to put on my own vehicle, however having said that virtually all of the products I use are not available over the counter.


I used NXT Tech wax 2 as well. What is the best over the counter syn wax out there?

Can you get these at retail store or just online (Like Poorboys)?
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#12 OFFLINE   bpattie

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:48 PM

It's not too bad for the price. The stuff looks good and provides some great depth and "pop" to your paint, however durability isn't very good. Expect to reapply the stuff at least every 4 weeks. It's not what I would choose to put on my own vehicle, however having said that virtually all of the products I use are not available over the counter.

what over the counter product would you recommend then? Keep in mind also that though I love taking care of my vehicles, I do have somewhat limited time to devote to it also. That makes paste waxing harder for me to find time to accomplish.

#13 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:58 PM


I used NXT Tech wax 2 as well. What is the best over the counter syn wax out there?

Can you get these at retail store or just online (Like Poorboys)?


Good question. If I had to purchase an over the counter product, it probably would be the Tech Wax 2.0.

Brands like Poorboys, Menzerna, Chemical Guys, Zaino, Blackfire, Klasse, etc are not available over the counter and are only available at detailing stores. While detailing is more than just a hobby for me, I only purchase products from professional detailing stores. For the US, I would highly recommend www.detailedimage.com and in Canada I would recommend www.eshine.ca

#14 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 03:01 PM

what over the counter product would you recommend then? Keep in mind also that though I love taking care of my vehicles, I do have somewhat limited time to devote to it also. That makes paste waxing harder for me to find time to accomplish.


You may want to look at applying a synthetic polymer sealant first before you apply your wax of choice. For an over the counter wax, I would stick with the Tech Wax 2.0. Like I mentioned previously, it's not very durable and you will need to reapply it often. If you put a sealant on first, that will give you durability for up to six months or so. Having a sealant applied first then a wax provides the best of both worlds. :)

#15 OFFLINE   11Sport

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 03:07 PM

Good question. If I had to purchase an over the counter product, it probably would be the Tech Wax 2.0.

Brands like Poorboys, Menzerna, Chemical Guys, Zaino, Blackfire, Klasse, etc are not available over the counter and are only available at detailing stores. While detailing is more than just a hobby for me, I only purchase products from professional detailing stores. For the US, I would highly recommend www.detailedimage.com and in Canada I would recommend www.eshine.ca



Thanks, I'll do some window shopping. More questions to come I'm sure....

#16 OFFLINE   bpattie

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 03:10 PM

You may want to look at applying a synthetic polymer sealant first before you apply your wax of choice. For an over the counter wax, I would stick with the Tech Wax 2.0. Like I mentioned previously, it's not very durable and you will need to reapply it often. If you put a sealant on first, that will give you durability for up to six months or so. Having a sealant applied first then a wax provides the best of both worlds. :)

Thanks Canuck

#17 OFFLINE   revOevoM

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 04:42 PM

After using zymöl, I will never use another wax, sealant, polymer, anything again. It's great stuff.

#18 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 05:06 PM

^ Yep, definitely a great carnuba!! Like every other carnuba though, it's not very durable so I would still apply a sealant prior to the zymol. :)

#19 OFFLINE   CanuckG35

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 12:06 PM

For anyone wanting to get ready for the winter months and keeping your Edge clean, eShine currently has a sale on Optimum No Rinse. This is a rinseless wash product that comes in VERY handy in the cold winter months when you don't have access to a hose. :)

http://www.eshine.ca...1609.php?cat=81

#20 OFFLINE   choff1138

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:48 PM

So Canuck ~ Just thought I would let you know that I washed my baby for the first time. I will only tell you that I did it myself with a hose (it is above freezing today), but I won't horrify you with any other details. Just be proud I did it myself and no drive through. :)




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