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My car is red solid lacquer. How do you best to get the paint to shine?
I've heard that red paint on a car is hard to keep nice
 

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Just been reading up on Sonax (German) products. Sounds like what you want for red.

Or, try (after clay detailing) using Autoglym high definition wax.

Best of luck:tu:
 

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My car is red solid lacquer. How do you best to get the paint to shine?
I've heard that red paint on a car is hard to keep nice
Black is the hardest to keep nice. You see every single little scratch or dust on the paint. White is probably the easiest color to maintain.
 

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Your car look great. Do you use only Autoglym wax or start with Polish first?
Thanks for the compliment. :)

I use 3 steps .... Wash with Shampoo/Conditioner and rinse and dry well. Then apply Super Resin Polish and polish. Then finally apply Extra Gloss Protection. I haven't used High Definition Wax as I'm more than happy with the results I get at present.
 

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My car is red solid lacquer. How do you best to get the paint to shine?
I've heard that red paint on a car is hard to keep nice

The red pigments used in many red paints were historically more affected by UV radiation than other colours. Even on the older paints, clear coats or even waxes with UV filters mitigated the problem. I had a Porsche in Gurads Red which after a few years of polishing would adopt a pinkish hue in the summer. I used Crystalglo acrylic polymer to restore it, but it needed repeated applications. I'm fairly certain that modern paint formulations have mainly overcome this problem - but the legend persists. Either way, if your clearcoat is intact, and you use a good quality wax/polymer finishing product, I doubt you'll have any problems.
 

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The red pigments used in many red paints were historically more affected by UV radiation than other colours. Even on the older paints, clear coats or even waxes with UV filters mitigated the problem. I had a Porsche in Gurads Red which after a few years of polishing would adopt a pinkish hue in the summer. I used Crystalglo acrylic polymer to restore it, but it needed repeated applications. I'm fairly certain that modern paint formulations have mainly overcome this problem - but the legend persists. Either way, if your clearcoat is intact, and you use a good quality wax/polymer finishing product, I doubt you'll have any problems.
yeah…I think it had to do with iron pigments that used to be the basis of the red color-they would oxidize and fade…I don't think thats the formula anymore though...
 

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Moving to the 'caring for your Slk' section.
 

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Everyone uses a different product. However, you do not have to break the bank to make your slk's finish look like gloss. This product produced a great finish for bella and it can be found most places for under $25US.

Meguiars brilliant solutions paint restoration kit
 

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I have an 85 red corvette so 28 years? that looks like new. Never used a machine to polish so no swirls etc. and leaves clearcoat intact. I am not fanatical about washing etc. but:

Always garage kept (home and work) other than 100,000 miles driving.
Hand wash: its been through an automatic car wash maybe 3-4 times.
Hose off as much dirt as possible.
Wash with a mild soap. I use Meguiars or Simoniz
Wax with an easy to use wax so it doesn't become too much work. I use Meguiars liquid wax. I didn't use any paint cleaners/sealers/treatments as I think they may actually damage the clearcoat.
Once a year I claybared it using a detailing spray but made sure it was well washed after.

Washing schedule was dictated by: any birdcrap, treesap or tar or once a month.

I think using products that makes the paint "extra" shiny may eventually damage the car as they probably negatively affect the clearcoat.
 

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I use 3 steps .... Wash with Shampoo/Conditioner and rinse and dry well. Then apply Super Resin Polish and polish. Then finally apply Extra Gloss Protection. I haven't used High Definition Wax as I'm more than happy with the results I get at present.
You should be happy - your car looked stunning in the flesh when I saw it. Fingers crossed you get the ROTM win this month :)
 
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