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How do I best remove polish or wax?
Meguiar's research has concluded that removing product with 100% cotton terry cloth will produce the best shine with the least effort and the fewest swirls. This is because the material's thick nap draws contaminants up into the towel, instead of keeping them in contact with your paint. Many people use cotton diapers or T-shirts. But these materials are fairly smooth, so contamination remains on their surfaces where it can scratch your finish. In addition, since terry cloth captures product more efficiently, you'll spend less time removing the excess from your car's surfaces.


What is the shelf life of your product?
You can typically expect Meguiar's surface care formulations to retain their full effectiveness for three to five years, as long as the container has been sealed tightly, and has not been frozen.


How to remove wax from vinyl trim/rubber parts?
The best way to remove wax from vinyl or rubber is to use #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner. #39 breaks down the dry wax residue, revealing your vinyl's natural color. If you can't find #39, any all-purpose cleaner (e.g. Simple Green) also will do the job. Agitating the cleaner by gently scrubbing the surface with a soft bristle brush can help break up the wax. Once you have cleaned the vinyl or rubber, bring back the full depth of its natural color and help protect it with #40 Vinyl and Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner.


How long should I let wax dry?
Under normal conditions, wax usually takes 15 to 20 minutes to set. To determine whether the excess wax has dried enough you can perform the "swipe test". Take your index finger and wipe it across the waxed finish. If your finger wipes away the dried residue and the surface below is shiny, then the wax can be removed. However, if you swipe the finish and the product streaks or smears, you need to allow a little more time for it to harden. One major misconception is that the more wax you apply at one time, the better.

Applying a thick coat of wax does not give your finish greater protection. Only a small amount of wax actually bonds to the finish during each application, while the rest is wiped away. Multiple thin coats are better than one thick coat.


What should I use on fresh paint?
Aftermarket paint jobs continue to cure for two to three months. During this time you shouldn't wax the finish, because solvents and other volatile paint components are still evaporating. However you can safely use pure polishes like Meguiar's #7 Show Car Glaze and #9 Swirl Remover on fresh paint without any damage. These products are silicone free, and don't seal the surface of the finish, so the paint can properly cure.


What will work on my convertible top?
To retain the natural color, as well as the suppleness of the material in your convertible top, apply Meguiar's Mirror Glaze #40 Vinyl and Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. You'll maintain the top's appearance, as well as help protect it against deterioration from environmental hazards.


What products should I use on my car?
Whether you're on the road or on the high seas, Meguiar's surface care experts can recommend the ideal combination of products for your own specific needs. Just request a free online Paint Care Prescription for instant advice.


What products should I use on my boat?
Whether you're on the road or on the high seas, Meguiar's surface care experts can recommend the ideal combination of products for your own specific needs. Just request a free online Marine Care Prescription for instant advice.


How do I remove the rough feeling from my paint?
There are many environmental contaminants that adhere to your paint so stubbornly that even a high-quality car wash can't remove them. Some may be visible to your eye. Others you'll detect when you pass your hand across the finish and notice it doesn't feel as smooth as glass. All of these contaminants can reduce your shine and ultimately do permanent damage to your paint. A safe, non-abrasive surface prep (never a harsh rubbing compound that can scratch your finish) is the answer. Suitable Meguiar's products include:

For spot cleaning of bonded contaminants, our advanced-technology Quik Clay Detailing System is also an effective way to eliminate surface defects without harming your paint.


How to remove above-surface defects?
There are many environmental contaminants that adhere to your paint so stubbornly that even a high-quality car wash can't remove them. Some may be visible to your eye. Others you'll detect when you pass your hand across the finish and notice it doesn't feel as smooth as glass. All of these contaminants can reduce your shine and ultimately do permanent damage to your paint. A safe, non-abrasive surface prep (never a harsh rubbing compound that can scratch your finish) is the answer. Suitable Meguiar's products include:

For spot cleaning of bonded contaminants, our advanced-technology Quik Clay Detailing System is also an effective way to eliminate surface defects without harming your paint.


 
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