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#108 of 113 Re: gr8poobah [gr8poobah]
Aug 24, 2008 (6:10 am)
Thanks for posting this info. Actually, I subscribe to CR and used this article as a source a few months ago when I bought the Meguire's Black Magic and 2 different kindsof Turtle Wax - those are the ones I've tried and did not work well on my Fits. Yesterday I tried the Honda brand spray polish/wax and that was the worst, had to go to a self-service car wash and get it off. We do have some winter weather here and was hoping to do a good wax job on all 3 of the Fits before any cold/snow/ice.
I saw the post from the person who is using Rain-X wash & wax and may try that, but it sounds like it may be more of a polish-type finish that would need to be repeated every 1-2 months. I usually do a good wax job on my vehicles in spring and summer, so would like to find a product that lasts 6 months before re-application is necessary. I also have an 03 Civic and an 03 CR-V and have used the Nu-Finish 2000 liquid wax on them the last 5 years with no problems, that's why I'm wondering if the Fits are being made with a different type of paint that may require a particular kind of wax to get good results. Am hoping to see more posts from people who've tried various products and will share their experiences. I think I'll also call the 4 Honda dealers around here (Nebraska) and ask them what product(s) they are using when they prep new cars for delivery to customers.
#109 of 113 Re: gr8poobah [fitisgo]
Aug 24, 2008 (10:07 am)
The wax I've had consistently good results with over the years is Meguiar's Gold Class liquid. It works especially well on dark metallic colors, but I've used it on a variety of colors and it always looks good. It seems to be "slicker" than a carnuba finish.
Re needing the wax to last six months... how long does it take to wax a Fit, about 15 minutes? I haven't found a wax yet that really holds up for six months; I've found that 4 months is about the limit. But that's only one more wax a year. And I actually enjoy waxing my cars.
#110 of 113 Re: gr8poobah [backy]
Aug 25, 2008 (6:37 pm)
I will look for the Meguiar's Gold Class liquid wax to see if it is available locally and, if so, give it a try.
Yes, the Fits can be waxed quickly since they're so small and I don't mind doing the work to wax them, but I don't want to have to do this frequently. In the past 10-12 years I've used Nu-Finish 2000 liquid (in the orange plastic bottle) a lot, on a variety of vehicles including Hondas and a few Fords, and it does actually last about 6 months. I keep the vehicles garaged and out of the weather which makes a big difference from a car that is parked outside 24/7. Also the weather here in the Midwest is not as hostile or hard on cars as many other parts of the country.
#111 of 113 Re: When to wax [jaggrin]
Sep 14, 2008 (8:53 am)
I have a 2008 Fit Sport AT and I have a wonderful way to keep your exterior and interior gleaming. I use a product called ProtectAll which was originally formulated for RV's but works well on just about anything. It is a creamy liquid which you can put in just about any pump spray bottle for application. ProtectAll contains carnauba wax and U.V. protectants. Many car show enthusiasts use this product to spruce up their finishes at showtime. I use a microfiber cloth and quickly rub down my whole car after each wash. It takes about 8-10 minutes and the results are astounding! It helps on the front especially since bugs cannot stick as well. It can also be used on interior plastics and trim. ProtectAll is available at www.campingworld.com and several other retailers. Great product!! Hope this helps
#112 of 113 Dash Topper or Not?
Oct 02, 2008 (10:31 pm)
I've used Dash Toppers on most of my prior vehicles to protect the top of the dash from discoloration and cracking in the sun. Fabric holds its color and dash top stays like new (although hidden from view). With the Fit's expansive dashboard top and greenhouse windshield, it seems like this would be a good idea. However, I don't see these dash toppers used much on recent cars.
Anyone using them (they don't have the '09 Fit yet, but say they will in a couple of weeks)?
If not, what are you using to protect your dash top from fading and cracking?
#113 of 113 Just Scratched Car
Nov 15, 2008 (5:48 pm)
I just hit a cement curb and scraped a foot long scrap along the side bottom edge of the car (which I guess is PLASTIC???, I can't tell what it is made of) and gouged the metal wheel. I have a silver 2008 honda fit. Any advice as to how I can fix this expecially the wheel which I think is alloy but can't remember. Thanks for any help.