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I just striped my car with flat black/matte black stripes. In the instructions for the stripes it says not to wax. Have any of you guys figured out a good way to clean and protect decals for these cars?
 

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Yes I would like to know about this as well. I'm getting ready to put the first coat of wax on my car soon.

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My car doesn't have stripes but I heard that the Turtle Wax Ice spray wax is good for stripes. I use it on my plastic trim and on my windows. It really makes the windows shine.
 

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I use turtle wax "black box" on my car since it is black with black stripes. Never had a problem putting it on my stripes.
 

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My car doesn't have stripes but I heard that the Turtle Wax Ice spray wax is good for stripes. I use it on my plastic trim and on my windows. It really makes the windows shine.
I agree, Zaino is also very good to go over stripes. Not to wax, to me would shorten the life of the stripe since it would not be protected from the elements
 

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Turtle Wax Ice!!
 

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I use Meguiars' detail spray on my hood stripe. It gives it a little gloss and keeps it clean and looking like new.
Same here... have had my stripes for 1 1/2 years and that's all I've used.
 

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I could see where people with black stripes could have an issue cause they are flat black. I have the white semi glossy stripe and ive never tried to keep the wax off. I dont wax the stripe per se but ive not bothered to be careful about getting wac on the edges (especally in between the dual side stripe where the paint is seen).

Do i need to worry about anything. The stripes look fine
 

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I could see where people with black stripes could have an issue cause they are flat black. I have the white semi glossy stripe and ive never tried to keep the wax off. I dont wax the stripe per se but ive not bothered to be careful about getting wac on the edges (especally in between the dual side stripe where the paint is seen).

Do i need to worry about anything. The stripes look fine
….truthfully, it really depends on the product and the material it is applied to. IME/IMO, as long as you stick with a quality, non-staining, non-abrasive wax or sealant, I can’t see much of an issue beyond the possibly of the product imparting its own sheen to the finish.


I once saw an instance of a detailer using Ultima Paint Guard Plus (UPGP) on SRT stripes and noticed unusual blemishes in the finish that he could not remove (without altering the look). He eventually had to have them replaced for the client. UPGP is a WOWA product (wipe on, walk away) and one of the last sealants folks might think of causing issues. It surprised a few regular users of the product to the point that most simply dismissed it as an unrelated issue and/or caused by something the detailer used in conjunction. ….others have used UPGP and similar WOWA products like Optimum Opti-Seal (which is what I use on occasion) with no issues on decals/vinyl graphics. I guess my point is that you should always take note of how the product performs in these scenarios and test in an inconspicuous area whenever possible. If the product seems to be performing well with your application, simply monitor and adjust as necessary.
 

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+1 on Zaino products. Treat it just like the rest of the car with polish and spray detailer. Adds a little sheen to the finish but I like it. Suppose to have protectants built in to help with sun's UV rays which is important here in TX.

About to go into my 3rd summer here with mine and they still look as good as new!
 
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