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Can I wax less frequently?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by DBR328&330, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. DBR328&330

    DBR328&330 Formula Junior

    May 31, 2001
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    Winchester, VA
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    Daniel Reese
    I like to keep my car concours clean at all times, but I honestly dont like the process of keeping it so. I would never let anyone else do it because if I am patient, I do a noticably better job.

    I drive about 3000-4000 miles per year only in fair weather. I spot clean it every week I drive it, and do a full hose-out wash 1-2 times per year. It is kept in its own single car garage space and the door doesnt open except when i take it out. The garage windows have shades. I wax it twice per year with Griot's BOS wax. The car when wet always beads beautifully- about the size of a shirt button.

    Since the car just basically sits there with nothing to "violate" the wax job, can I just wax once per year? What would be the basis for doing it any more frequently? Does it evaporate or break down?

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
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  3. CodeRed

    CodeRed Formula Junior

    Nov 8, 2003
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    LALA LAND
    Try Zaino it lasts a very long time.
     
  4. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
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    There are three reasons to wax a car: A) protection B) shine C) lack of shine. With the regimine you car is under, you might be able to get away with once a year.

    There is an easy test, wax has a high surface tension--this makes water bead--so, next time you wash your car, see if the rinse water takes a good bead (e.g. close to 90 degree edge where the edge of the water meats the surface of the paint). As long as the water beads, there is enough wax to protect the paint. This covers the protection aspect.

    As long as the water beads, and the shin is acceptable, you can avoid waxing. For me, this is the delima. With the softer past waxes, I can get the shine to last for 4-5 washes::with the harder past waxes, the first shine is marvelous, but subsequent washings don't come out as good, however the water beads 7-10 washings. This causes me to wax more often due to the lack of shine.
     
  5. TCM

    TCM Formula Junior

    Nov 10, 2003
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    Tyngsborough, MA
    There is no real time table of when to wax. It all varies depending on what conditions the wax sees. From what you described, I think you can get away with waxing it once per year. But just make sure you keep an eye on it, especially in the spring with pollen (it eats through carnauba like crazy). Usually, a daily driver should get about 4 waxes a year, but since yours is a show car I think ince per year is plenty. Then again, you will always have better results after a wax then before. Hope this helps.
     
  6. rossofiorano355

    rossofiorano355 Karting

    Dec 22, 2003
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    Ron
    I have been very pleased with the Blackfire polymer products - seem to last much longer than all carnuba waxes. My 355 sees only good weather and I re-apply the Blackfire just because I am a fanatic.

    my $.02
     
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  8. TexasF355F1

    TexasF355F1 Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Feb 2, 2004
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    Waxing too often can hurt the paint in the long run. At least once a year you should do a complete wash to get all the impurities out. But waxing I've read should be done around 3-4 times a year at most.
     
  9. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

    Nov 20, 2002
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    Depends if your partner does mind that spiky leg feeling ... ;)

    Pete
     
  10. ferrarifixer

    ferrarifixer F1 Veteran
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    Jul 22, 2003
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    finally. PSK says what we're all thinking anyway!

    Waxing has as much to do with owner therapy and inspection time, as it does with actually shining the car.

    Hire a Brazilian to do your waxing for you. They're very thorough.........
     
  11. Steve275

    Steve275 Formula Junior
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    Jun 20, 2003
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    I'm with Code Red - Zaino is an excellent product and you'll polish less and drive more !

    Steve
     
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