Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:31 pm

Ok Folks I've just been having a look at the Meguiars website and it got me thinking about making the Elan even shinier :)

I've always used a "trade" wax mainly because it is easy to apply and cheap to buy by the gallon.

Any recommendations? Must be easy to apply and non-dusting otherwise it's a no go from the start.

The Meguiars stuff looks good but it is fairly pricey.
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PostPost by: marcfuller » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:13 pm

What is your "paint" - urethane, acrylic, cellulose or...? And what condition is it in?
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:21 pm

PPG Deltron (2K)

Applied summer 2005 :)
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PostPost by: archigator » Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:00 am

IMHO Zaino Brothers system is the best; it's ONLY sold on the web:

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc

I painted my Sprint last year, and was determined to get the best wax job I could find (although Zainos is technically not a wax.) After doing my due dilligence on the web, I ran across Zaino Bros. products. I even Googled "Zaino" "bad" and could find nothing bad about it on any website. The Zaino's home site has pictures of cars with the product applied, and the one that sold me has a real goose pecking at its own reflection in a Zainoed paint job. Now that's a mirror finish!

The bad news... it ain't cheap! I'm on my second bottle of the stuff in a year; it lasts for months. In my research, I also found that the "pros" don't towel-dry a car after washing... they use a leaf blower! No streaking!

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PostPost by: tom p » Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:54 am

I was given a pack of Auto Glym products from the dealer when I purchased my sprint.
Have found it as good or if not better than other products available in
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:02 am

I've no complaints re Auto Glym,have been happy for years
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PostPost by: M100 » Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:55 am

archigator wrote:I also found that the "pros" don't towel-dry a car after washing... they use a leaf blower! No streaking!


A proper full sized chamois laid out flat and dragged across the body will do the same.

For polish, autoglym (car is painted with ICI 2K paint)
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PostPost by: lotusdelta » Fri Jan 06, 2006 1:49 pm

i thought i would weigh in on this discussion...there is probably a few opinions on whats best...having used zymol in the past with great results i was looking for something a bit easier to apply...went to a car show and got a sample of meguires' new tech wax...actually a polish and thought id give it a try....very impressed...nice gloss and glow and was very easy to apply. new polish technology is leaving wax behind !!!
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:37 pm

I think the modern polishes have certainly overtaken trad' wax for ease of use. I was hoping for one product to stand out as the most popular

To be honest I thought more folk would weigh in with Meguiars products especially you guys from over the pond

Any more offers? :)
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PostPost by: steveww » Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:13 pm

My 2p worth. I use Zymol, it gives a great finish and only needs doing once a year 8)
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:36 pm

I don't want one that you only use once a year.

Polishing is part of the pleasure of ownership :lol:
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:43 pm

I've just seen the Zymol website.

At those prices I'd only wax the Elan once a decade :o :)
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PostPost by: elans3 » Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:43 pm

Autoglym gets my vote, gives as good a shine as anything I've ever used, is reasonably priced, easy to apply and take off, even though you may need to use it a couple of times more a year than the really expensive Zymol / Swissol products.
I have to say, the latter give an unbelievably good finish, but I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than pay that price.........
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PostPost by: twincamman » Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:30 am

well guys ---the best wax I have found for fiberglass is------------[drum roll]---------pledge lemon scented furniture polish in a spray can ----used it for years --its carnuba wax easy to apply-- wont build up and dull that nice finish----my race car always looked good at the track and the ?lan sparkles-and smells that fresh lemony scent that drives the ladies wild -if this gets out the car wax business is finished ------- :shock: -really -- :shock: ed
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PostPost by: pmallinson » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:42 am

How come all these answers and nobody mentions Mer ????????

I have used this for years and it has to be the best I have come across having tried very many in my time

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