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Thanks for the further info e-420. I have bought quite a bit from Griot's and I think their products are first class. BTW how many catalogs are they sending you? I seem to get at least one per month. From the looks of them they must be expensive.

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I have found that the liquid wax I use from Meguiar's lasts longer than their paste wax. It's harder to rub off, contrary to what they advertize and we might think. But since dishwashing liquid is designed to remove grease from dishes and pans, it stands to reason they would remove at least some forms of wax or polish. But maybe not these newest nano compounds.
I've been using Meguiar's Gold Class Liquid and their Mirror Glaze #16 paste, they both apply and remove very easily. A lot of people use to much whether its liquid or paste when its hard to remove.
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Using dish soap will not harm your paint, nor anything else on your car. Dish soaps like Dawn and Ajax are used quite frequently by detailers when preparing the paint for claying , polishing and waxing. Dish soaps contain compounds that are designed to cut grease which is why it removes the old wax. It does a better job of removing natural carnauba than it does the synthetic waxes.

I always use Dawn when prepping for a total surface treatment.

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Thats a great idea. Next full detail I think i'll utilize some dawn to clean the car once over.

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Bumping an old thread but just wanted to clarify: yes it's fine to use dishwashing soap . However, it will also remove the wax. So it's a good soap to use IF you are about to wax abd detail the car.

But if you are just washing a car between waxings and trying to preserve the current wax job , DO NOT use dishwashing liquid. Use regular car wash soap.
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I've never waxed my car, I've been washing it with any brand laundry detergent on it for 12 years. Garaged at night, but the car took the beating from hot Southern California sun during the working days. The silver metallic paint still shines like new. Only lately, the two thin plastic strips running on the sides of the top show some aging.
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im a detailer for 32 years its fine to use the dishwashing soap as long as you wax the car on a regular basis.just rinse it really well.
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I've used dawn once on my truck. I really don't see the point when car wash liquid is $7/gal and dawn is like $3 for a 20oz bottle.

I agree with others Griots is a great brand. I'm happy to spend $100-200/year keeping the paint on my 5 cars looking brand new. My Boxster looks like it rolled out of the factory yesterday, and everyone thinks my SLK is like 2 years old

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I've never waxed my car, I've been washing it with any brand laundry detergent on it for 12 years. Garaged at night, but the car took the beating from hot Southern California sun during the working days. The silver metallic paint still shines like new. Only lately, the two thin plastic strips running on the sides of the top show some aging.
Why the hell would you even think to use laundry detergent on your car.
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frequent waxing and conditioning of the exterior is the key to maintaining the finish,you can use palmolive or dawn if you choose too,as long as you maintain the finish properly.you should clay the car once or twice a year ,follow with a good quality polish,and nice coat of wax .
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