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Old 03-17-2009, 08:25 AM
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Since we are on this new format we can now post this thread up and it will now be updated as members can ask us questions.

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Old 03-20-2009, 07:08 AM
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Hey Phil, thanks for creating this thread. I have a question for you: I need to do my Spring "big clean" where I wash, clay bar, polish (this year I think I'll be using swirl remover as I screwed up & forgot to tell the dealer to NOT wash my car when it was in for service a couple of times in the last year or so, and have some very fine swirls all over my black car) and then wax my car.

I hurt my back a few months ago, & all the bending to do this work in years past (even with an uninjured back) always made it hurt at the end of the day, & this year, I'm a little more concerned. So here's my question:

Does the clay bar do an adequate job of removing old wax, and instead of washing the car with dishwashing liquid like I have in the past to strip the old wax, could I just wash it regularly with non-stripping shampoo, then go through my complete steps (bar, polish and wax) on just a section or two of the car, maybe doing a couple per week until the car is finished? In the past, I always had to do the complete job in one day because after the wax was stripped in the wash, I wasn't willing to take the car back out until it was re-protected under a fresh coat of wax, but if the bar (or polish?) can do this, then I can effectively spread out the work over a few weeks & save my back.

I realize I might be a great candidate for a buffer or one of those rolling mechanic's chairs I've seen, but $ is tight right now & I'm trying to complete this job with the resources I have on hand. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Hey Rail, any polish will strip wax. So I think it'll be fine to do one section at a time on different days. I do that myself sometimes, like last week I just did the hood of my car because the windshield installer decided to wipe off a part of the hood after water testing it and left swirls.
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thanks sure thing this is thread works well on many sites that we sponsor.

I would agree with 2ka6v8 the polishing will remove the leftover wax, as well the clay will remove some as well.

LMK if you have any other questions.
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Thanks mods!
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Consider a rolling stool for your bad back..makes it a lot easier!!
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With a car as big as the A8 I have to do a section or two at a time..either that or take a week off!!!!!
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Phil..can you explain the different color pads including the black and when to use them? Thanks..
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bac2h, are you speaking of out uber flat pads or a different brand?
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