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    Question 2 coats of wax?

    I've been reading around here, and I have been wondering, why is it that people put two layers of wax on their car? Is there any advantage to using only one (which is what I have done for years)?

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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    I got this from the customer care of Meguiar' s website:

    If your looking for the maximum protection possible, then one or two thin coats of wax, maybe even up to three thin coats of wax, has the potential to create the most surface protection depending on the wax, the surface itself and whether or not sufficient time has passed in-between each application. Of course the law of diminishing returns states that you will not create exponentially greater layers of protection with each application, but Meguiar's knows that a second, and sometimes third application will insure uniform, thorough coverage over the majority of the surface, thus maximizing the protection.

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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    In addition to the above, think of it as trying to ensure you dont miss a spot.

    Since the paint surface is not smooth at a microscopic level, applying the wax in a general, random pattern twice will be more likely to ensure that all the nooks and crannies get some wax in them.
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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    Covering all the bases?

    Part1- If your looking for the maximum protection possible, then one or two thin coats of wax, maybe even up to three thin coats of wax, has the potential to create the most surface protection depending on the wax, the surface itself and whether or not sufficient time has passed in-between each application.

    Part 2 -Of course the law of diminishing returns states that you will not create exponentially greater layers of protection with each application, but Meguiar's knows that a second, and sometimes third application will insure uniform, thorough coverage over the majority of the surface, thus maximizing the protection.
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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    For me, if I do a full detailing with Clay-Clean-Polish, I would apply 2 layers of wax. In other times, I would just apply 1 layer.

    My rationale is since I wax often, there is always wax in every part of my car so it does not matter if I miss a spot.

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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    Besides not missing a spot. I think it just makes sense.
    quality creates its own demand

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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    Quote Originally Posted by J. A. Michaels View Post
    Besides not missing a spot. I think it just makes sense.
    Makes sense to us but probably not to most people. Over the years, many of my friends have had asked me this very question.

    BTW. I used to apply 2 coats every time but not anymore (as per my other respond earlier).

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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    A properly applied coat of wax is a very thinly applied coat of wax. Because we want you to apply wax very thin it can be easy to miss a spot, especially on light colored vehicles. So, two thin coats are recommended just to ensure uniform coverage and appearance. Beyond that you won't gain anything.
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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    But it does suggest even three.
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    Re: 2 coats of wax?

    3rd coat really only makes sense if you are carelessly putting it on, or putting it on terribly thin and repeatidly missing spots (unlikely, almost everyone errors by putting wax on too thickly).
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