I've purchased 303 Aerospace Protectant
for the bumpers and dash, and I've purchased Mothers 05750 California Gold Pure Brazilian Carnauba Wax Liquid
. Now I need something to help put the wax on and take the wax off.
I've read through the benefits and limitations of orbital/dual-action buffers/polishers vs. a rotary buffer/polisher. Being a beginner using machines for this (I've only waxed past cars by hand), I think I'm leaning toward the orbital
because I don't want to take the risk of burning through the paint. (I understand that it won't be very useful in getting deep scratches out though.) So now the question becomes: which orbital to buy?
I've read lots of reviews on different products, and I really can't see spending more than $100 on one. BJ's has the Griot's Garage 6" Random Orbital with 10' Cord
for $90, so I'm leaning toward that. The pads for it are ridiculously price (IMO), as it seems you need both the orange
($27 for 3) for polishing and the red
($33 for 3) for waxing.
Anyone have any experience with the Griot's Garage buffer, or others that you prefer? If so, mind describing the positives and negatives?
Additionally, from my research, I learned that polishing and waxing are not the same thing. It appears that, after I wash the Jeep, then I polish it, and then I wax it. Admittedly, I'm less concerned about it being so shiny (although I admit I like to look at it when it's clean and shiny) - I'm much more concerned about protecting the paint from the elements. (I had a 14-year old SUV before this and might have waxed it twice in all that time. Rust was everywhere.) My goal would be to have the paint on my Jeep last at least as long as my SUV, but with a whole lot less rust.
I can't imagine waxing this more than 2-3 times/year, and that would only be in the non-winter months. (I just don't have the time.) That would mean that I would likely do the polishing at the same time. Given that I'll only be polishing and waxing 2-3 times/year, what would you suggest as the best polish?
Also, it seems like there is a preference to use microfiber cloths to remove the wax. (Yes, I also learned that any old towel isn't good enough. Who'd of thunk it?) Any preferences here?
Finally, I also learned that using dishwashing soap isn't best to use for washing the Jeep. It pissed me off to no-end to learn this, as it appears car wash soap can actually be pretty expensive. (When I learned this, I started thinking that it's just one big conspiracy and it really doesn't make a significant difference.) I'm willing to purchase car wash soap if it's not too expensive (I'd much prefer to spend the money on better wax, polish, and a buffer). Otherwise, I'm going to continue to use dishwashing soap without guilt. What are your suggestions for cheap car wash soap that are better than dishwashing soap? Have any of you really noticed any significant difference between dishwashing soap and car wash soap?
At some point, I need to do research on what's best for the leather. But I've spent so much time researching this other stuff (and getting pissed-off from the associated prices) that I think I need to give myself a break.
I haven't felt like I've been this nickle-and-dimed since I bought the Jeep. I want to do a better job maintaining it than I did my last SUV, but this seems to be getting a bit crazy.