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Old 05-09-2021, 01:13 PM
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We just waxed our 14 ...

What are you guys doing to protect your paint?
Soap and water. My -8 is painted with Sherwin Williams AcryGlo. I asked SW what wax to use. They said, don't wax it just use soap and water. 16 years on and it still looks good.

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Old 05-10-2021, 10:30 AM
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Google seems to read my mind - I just got this "Project Farm" video suggested where he evaluates various ceramic coatings. He always has a fun way of deciding how objectively measure things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYxKQwZah1s

Spoiler: Turtle Wax 53409 Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray wins.
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Old 05-10-2021, 12:55 PM
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Iíve been reluctant to wax thinking that if my plane every needs repaint it could mess with the paint job. How do you get the wax off if you ever have to repaint?
Repainting involves sanding and caustic chemicals to clean /etch that no doubt take care of any wax you had on there... or so I would think though I'm no expert. But since it's done all the time so it seems like it would be a non-issue.
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:52 AM
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I use Meguiars Ultimate Quick Detailer after the flight to remove bugs with a clean microfiber towel. I do not have many hours yet but the paint still looks great.
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Old 05-18-2021, 09:22 PM
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I use Meguiars Ultimate Quick Detailer after the flight to remove bugs with a clean microfiber towel. I do not have many hours yet but the paint still looks great.
That's a fantastic looking paint job. I love the colors and the gloss.

I use a similar Meguiars product. It's available in gallon jugs which makes the "per squirt" cost a little lower. It's called Meguiar's Last Touch Spray Detailer. It's available on Amazon and I'll try to attach a link...

https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Last..._t1_B0002SQZS6
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Old 05-19-2021, 05:02 AM
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I never wash my plane nor wax it. After every flight I hit it with spray on furniture polish which contains bees wax rub with a soft cloth, plastics and all, I never put the beast away with a single bug on it-)
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Old 05-19-2021, 11:04 AM
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Another vote for Meguiars Quick Detailer.
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Old 05-19-2021, 06:22 PM
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I use this stuff. Bugs wipe off after flights.
https://www.amazon.com/Waterless-Oun...0996231&sr=8-5
This stuff is fantastic! I bought some after I saw this and did one wing. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:05 PM
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+1 on the Aero Cosmetics Wash/Wax All

I asked the paint shop owner what to use after he painted my airplane, this is what he recommended. Works great without water, just spray on and wipe with microfiber cloth, great for cleaning off bugs. Can do the whole airplane in less than an hour.

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Old 05-23-2021, 09:28 PM
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I usually only "wax" wing, Horz. & Vert. Stab leading edges, and prop blade leading edge and back. It is great for making cleaning bugs off easier. *Lemon pledge* works well in a pinch. It adds 0.05 MPH.
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