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    How do yous all protect your paintwork for the winter? During the summer months i was using a chemical guys polish then using auto glym extra gloss protection. I know its notvthe best product on the market but i found it left a great finish on my silver lightning veccy. Now that the dark nights etc are in my car will prob only be gettin a good wash every week or mayb every 2 weeks and there will b no time for regular waxing etc so i was thinking about getting a coat of some collinte wax onto it would this last me all winter? Cheers

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    I've used collinite 476 last winter lasted me 5 months was still beading and washed really easy dirt just fell off

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    For a full winter protection its best to remove all the summer polish and sealents first .Easy way is to wash the car in fairy liquid or as i prefer use IPA to remove all the polishes etc .Then all you need to do is clean the car with a cleaner polish/wax to remove the remnants of polish and any contaminents reapply your sealent of choice and then apply your protection (wax) .
    I usually go with two coats both applied the same day approx two hrs apart . as marc has said collinite is a long lasting wax deffinetly good for 3 months and depending on how harsh a winter we have could be good for 4 to 5 months but that is stretching it a little .
    I usually give mine a mid winter top up wax early in the new year just to see it through
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    Throw the AG EGP in the bin, or if you go camping use it to start the camp fire. Other than that buy yourself a good hard wax. Prep as per Uncle Bobs advice above. Washing is the key to maintaining the good finish, unless its near impossible to get the car washed, don't leave the car caked in dirt and salt spray for weeks at a time. Snow foam really comes into its own at this time of year, allowing the dirt to be softened and a large percentage to be lifted away without you actually having to touch the car. Get yourself a good wash noodle wash mitt or a sheepskin wash pad. Tall buckets and a grit guard also help reduce the chance of returning dirt to your car as you wash too. Drying towels are very cheap these days, buy a couple from asda for about £6. And remember that although most waxes will realistically last 3-4 months you will always find a mild winters day where it will be possible to apply a couple of extra coats to see you through to spring.

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    I'm going to try seeing how the 2 coats of Simonez (in the gold tin) I applied 2 weeks ago lasts over the winter. Then just wash and use a detailing spray was a couple of times.

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    its a good day here today so i am off to do my winter prep watch this space later for pics
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    Friend of mine who used his classic car all year round, used to hand paint his polished wheels with Waxoyl (using clean waxoyl and a new brush), this would give them a good layer of protection against the salt over the winter months.

    He cleaned it off in the spring and his wheels always survived well.

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    Well 6 hrs later and its done .

    Ingredients used!.

    1 wash shampoo and dry.
    1 IPA wipedown
    1 session with the DA with Dodo juice s Need for Speed
    1 CG Blacklight
    1 collinite 915 wax
    1 Insta finish butter wet wax

    First job of the day soften the wax up on the radiator
    wash and shampoo car dry
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    Next up IPA wipe down then a session on the DA with the Need for speed , this is the first time i have used this and i am very impressed used a mequiars 7 in cutting pad to go over the car very effective on some of my scratches to the extent of around 90% success on the first cut
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    Next stage apart from a quick blast around the undersides with some tar remover was application of CG ,s Blacklight this used to be my favourite glase but has now been superseeded by Blackmax just used the blacklight in an attempt to use it up (i nearly succeeded as well )

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    All done and now on to the collinite 915 , i have been using this stuff for years i still dont think there ,s anything in its price range to touch it

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    Finally something that a few people in the know use to get that really wet look Insta finish,s butter wet wax plus it last,s for ages so will interesting to see how it stands up to one of our winter,s
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    Still to come tommorrow are the wheels as all they had was a wash today and some of the plastic trim needs seeling as well
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    well done bob, expecially tackling that in the cold, whats ipa? looking good mate.

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    Isopropyalcohol(Sp) Basically a solution that when wiped over a panel removes anything polishes waxes etc leaving the panel completely bare. Its very good for when trying to correct paintwork, as it lifts polishes etc from swirls showing you where you still have to correct etc.

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