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What are the steps you guys take before winter? I want to do a deep clean and seal the paint up from salt and the like here in the Kentucky (the Middle East?).

I was going to strip the old wax, clay bar the paint, then seal with some sort of Wax or Sealer? I'm not sure what is best for Winter time.

I also want to take my wheels off the car completely and do a thorough cleaning of the rims, inside and out. Are lift points and jack-stand points spelled out in the manual? (I haven't looked yet, please don't kill me)


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What are the steps you guys take before winter? I want to do a deep clean and seal the paint up from salt and the like here in the Kentucky (the Middle East?).

I was going to strip the old wax, clay bar the paint, then seal with some sort of Wax or Sealer? I'm not sure what is best for Winter time.

I also want to take my wheels off the car completely and do a thorough cleaning of the rims, inside and out. Are lift points and jack-stand points spelled out in the manual? (I haven't looked yet, please don't kill me)


Thanks for the help!
"Winter" in Kentucky?.......Pshh that's just Tuesday 'round here

Absolutely put a good wax on the whole car before the salt hits the roads. Anything to protect this thin paint. Anything like your standard Turtle Wax or Meguire's is fine (or my personal favorite car care company https://www.griotsgarage.com/product...of+show+wax.do )

Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do for your rims, which is why I run a dedicated set of winter beaters. If your city uses the saline solution during winter then you're just begging to have your rims start turning that terrible yellow.

As for lift points, I tend to do 1 side and then another, rather than front and back because there're virtually no lift points on the front or rear because of the plastic underbody. The best places I've found for quick lifts and jack stands are the sides, though the plastic still gets in the way even there.

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I think you already have a good plan in place. Wash, clay bar the car, and correct the paint if required ( fully keeping into consideration mazda has the thinnest paint job around ). Then comes the most important part for winter - protection. You can do the hard way of using a multi-layered application ( separated by a day after the original application, and allowing 24 hrs of low moisture cure time) of high quality sealant like Menzerna or Wolfgang which will usually last anywhere from 2 to 5 months depending on weather and level or exposure. Or you can do a single application with 5-8 hrs of cure time using NuFinish polish which will last atleast 10 months or more. NuFinish is very very durable, it wont have the level of depth of Menzerna or Wolfgang, but will protect and last much,much longer. If you are applying Nufinish, try to wipe off the plastics and rubbers since it leaves a hard to remove white stain. Also, unlike other sealants, Nufinish needs only 10 mins off drying time before buffing it off.

Wheels need not be removed if you have a long wheel woolie and fender brush. Clean and degrease thoroughly and once dry, apply Nufinish on them and buff off. You'll be surprised how easy it will be to wash ( or wipe ) the brake dust and other yucky stuff once you have some polish on the rims.

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Just to add, no wax will last for more than 15-20 days, so you got to go with a synthetic product like sealant or synthetic wax. No matter what brand you apply, make sure you apply in THIN layers. More is not better when it comes to detailing, and excess product can be a pain to buff off.
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the help!

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Wheels need not be removed if you have a long wheel woolie and fender brush. Clean and degrease thoroughly and once dry, apply Nufinish on them and buff off. You'll be surprised how easy it will be to wash ( or wipe ) the brake dust and other yucky stuff once you have some polish on the rims.
Didn't think of that. Great idea.

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FWIW, I have been using Wolfgang products. Their paint sealant is very good, gives it a nice wet look finish. It's on the pricey side but it does last a good 4-5 months. I also use it on my wheels (GT) and as MiLR said, it definitely helps with dirt and brake dust. My wheels stay pretty clean of brake dust in general.

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