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Just purchased our first Forester a month ago (2016 Limited) and already have noticed several paint chips on the hood. Not sure what we are doing wrong or how this happened but I'm kinda ticked. I've applied some touch-up paint I purchased from the dealer and that helps, but it's still noticeable to me.

I'd like to protect it better with a good wax. What do people recommend for a wax and to remove scratches? Let me know your thoughts.

Thank you!
 

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Depending how bad the chips are, my advice would be to get them filled in and wrap your hood in 3m...the entire front end.

That's how to protect.
 

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Depending how bad the chips are, my advice would be to get them filled in and wrap your hood in 3m...the entire front end.

That's how to protect.
As much as I'd like to do that, that's too expensive for me and I've heard over time the edges of the 3M film can yellow, etc. Just looking for a good wax right now. Thanks though.
 

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Wax isn't going to help with stone chips but I like Mother's Ultimate 3-step Wax system. When applied per the instructions it beads for a long time and has really good shine.
 

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As much as I'd like to do that, that's too expensive for me and I've heard over time the edges of the 3M film can yellow, etc. Just looking for a good wax right now. Thanks though.
No problem. 3m technology has come a long way from self-healing to much better anti fading. If you get it done right, it is ballz
 

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chilighost, your hood chips are most likely due to flying debris from the cars/trucks you follow down the highway. Hard to avoid those. Maybe try being a little more attentive to the distance at which you follow them?

Answering the "Best wax for Forester", that's going to be as hard to define as the origin of that last rock that chipped your hood. But as a suggestion, Meguiar's has been in business for over 100 years, they have great value for the dollar, and should easily allow you to find what you need at the local WalMart or auto supply store. If you want specifics, try their Ultimate line, Compound, Polish and Wax.
 

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For protection and some cleaning I like Meguiar's Gold Class Carnauba. And then follow with a couple coats of Mothers Pure Carnauba.

People get totally passionate with waxes. Just what I like.
 

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I’ve been using Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax on my wife’s Forester since we got it. Seems to do a good job. I like it because it’s easy to apply and buff by hand, and it doesn’t mess up the dark trim when I get it on there.

In the spring and fall I give the car a really good wash and use Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit before waxing. (Amazon seems to have stopped selling this directly and the price via their resellers has doubled.)

In between that I do a light wash and apply another coat of wax. I park on a tree-lined street and don’t wash the car super-often, but the paint always looks good when I do.

Mike
 

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I prefer NuFinish NF-76 liquid wax which according to Consumer Reports testing has "very good" durability. Most of the Meguiar's waxes are rated just "fair" for durability.
 

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I love to wash the wife's Forester - but she always gives me **** about it... you're gonna wash the paint off she says... washing the car AGAIN she says... but I usually get away with it - nice wash, towel dry, and then I use some cheap Wax-Wipes on it... will probably wait till the end of the summer to give it a real wax job.
 

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Anyone have experience/opinions about ceramic wax?
Ceramic coatings have come a long way as well. One of buddy’s wax’s/polishes as a side job for friends.. he has all the professional gear.

The coating on my Evo has lasted a year....and I live in one of the harshest environments on the planet ... for cars/coatings
 

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As much as I'd like to do that, that's too expensive for me and I've heard over time the edges of the 3M film can yellow, etc. Just looking for a good wax right now. Thanks though.
I have protective film (brand unknown) on my GTI for 14 years, going on 15. It has not turned yellow, in any place. It was not precut and the installer (in CO) wrapped the edges around and under the sides of the hood and front fenders around the lights and inner hood area.

the worst thing that has happend to the film is the edge on the hood is rough and will snag a drying towel or the towel I use to remove wax.

The film is not longer "clear". It shows signs of aging, but it still protects from rock chips. I might lose car-show points, but I don't go to shows.


There is an alternative. 3M makes a DIY spray on film called Paint Defender. It is available at local autoparts retailers or your local internet. You mask off areas you don't want covered, prep the surface, and spray away. The cool part is it can be removed and reapplied if it ever becomes unsightly.

Much much cheaper than have a shop install overpriced film. It does take some money and your time, but what doesn't these days.
 

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I like using coatings for my cars. They last 1 to 1 1/2 years before I have to start over. I have tried duragloss and optimum brands and like them both but there are plenty of other quality brands out there. Spend some time on the car detailing forums and you'll see there are plenty of opinions about what is best and that seems to change often. I will recommend using Collinite 845 Insulator Wax on all your black rubber (window seals, ect). Someone on a forum did a long term test of 9? products and this one was by and far the longest lasting. If you do try it, I recommend placing the container in some warm water til it warms up so you can shake it well. A jar will last you longer than all the cars you have now. Oh, and steal some makeup wedges from someone to put it on with.
 

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I like Turtle Wax Ice Synthetic Paste Polish T-465. Consumer Reports awarded it a 'Recommended' rating, second only to Nu Finish NFP-80 in the 'Paste' category; this was back in 2011. They say it "had excellent durability and left little or no residue on plastic parts". For individual attributes, it had "good" gloss improvement, "excellent" durability, "very good" ease of removal, "very good" ease of application, "excellent" scratching/hazing improvement, and "excellent" compatibility with plastic.

They also say the best paste waxes give longer protection than liquid waxes.

It seems to be bit more difficult to find now. For example, I can't go pick it up at the local Wal-Mart store any more.
 

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Wax is very subjective. Then you have the categories of wax, ceramic wax, sealant, ceramic coats, and ppf. Wax give a beautiful glow, some protection for anywhere from a week to a couple of months if lucky. Sealants are typically synthetic and last a month to 5 or 6 months maybe longer. Ceramic coats are typically a year or more protection with deep gloss. These are mostly put on by professional detailers and require at least 24 hours of no water introduction. I personally feel ceramic wax is a gimmick. It’s wax with sio2 in it for more gloss. Doesn’t last any longer than typical wax. I am a big fan of SONAX
 

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I had GTechniq Ceramic coating Ultra applied and a Suntek PPF on the front bumper. Worth it to me.
 
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