Originally Posted by BonneMeMN
FYI, Carnuba isnít a polish or other form of shine enhancer. It is a protectorant, hence a wax. Most also act as a cleaner. Then there are the true ďcleaner waxesĒ that are a heavier grit. These waxes make you think ití* shining the car because in the process of application, it is removing all the road grit, oxidation, and grime the surface (I.E. clear coat) has accumulated over time. In this case, depending on the severity of the grit, a carnuba wax may actually be doing more harm to his costly clear coat than what it offers in protection. But thatí* the fine line he has to walk for something he drives daily, in the New York winters with road salt/sand and other environmental items his car is subject to. I imagine he spent a lot of $$ on a multi-layered, many times wet-sanded, perfectly layed clear coat. The last thing I would be doing is putting a wax on it, carnuba or not.
For a true shine, he needs to strip that wax off there and use a true polish and/or gloss enhancer, even perhaps a glaze (which will give it that still wet look). Applied preferably by hand. Machines do make life easier, but some polishes (particularly glazes) donít react well with the heat generated from the friction caused between the surfaces of the buffer/polisher and the car. I only use my polisher on stubborn marks, scratches and scuffs that I physically am taking out of the clear coat. I use 3M products personally (polishes, glazes, mark removers, gloss enhancers, etc) and Iím sure many of the Zaino Zombies will chime in at some point.
If he does something like that, hopefully no damage has come to his clear coat, that paint job will be blisteringly awesome! Not that it isnít now, just 110% even better!