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Best Wax For Original 1953 Paint?

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Hi,

I haven't been on these boards in a while, but I was recently motivated to get my '53 Buick on the road, or at least to the point where it can be driven up and down my driveway. I'm hoping that it just needs brake fluid (and a bleed), new tires and a transmission pan gasket.

I want to wax the car. What is the best way to clean, polish and wax original paint from 1953? What brand would you recommend?

Thanks,

Justin

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I used Meguiar's Cleaner/Wax on the original black paint on my '49 Special (which I sold last month) and it looked pretty good considering that the paint was over 60 years old. On a 1-10 scale I would mark it 8, Dude.... ;)

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I also use Meguiar's Cleaner/Wax on the original black lacquer paint on my '50 Packard. Does a nice job, easy to use. I don't use it more than once a year though... the lacquer is getting thin on top ... like my hair.

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Check out your local auto body supply shop. You can't go wrong with Meguiar's or 3M.

Also, be careful with polishing. I'd polish by hand because a buffer might go through your paint - you don't know how much is still on the car. Take your time and you'll end up with a beautiful finish.

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I'll third the Meguiar recommendation. I use it on my 55, 62 and 92 cars. I would also clay the car before cleaning/polishing in order to get the best possible results.

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I'm in favor of Meguiar's also. I do prefer the products in the beige bottles {professional line} over the bergundy bottles. The professional line is numbered. I would use #2 fine cut cleaner, followed by #3 polish, and top it off with #26 yellow wax. I've used this formula for over 20 years with great results. It will be more work though.

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I'm so ashamed to say that almost two years later I still have not waxed this car. I am planning a move that will put me 3,000 miles away from home and the garage full of cars, so I've been motivated to get this car looking good and moving under its own power before I go away.

I used Meguiar's Cleaner/Wax on the original black paint on my '49 Special (which I sold last month) and it looked pretty good considering that the paint was over 60 years old. On a 1-10 scale I would mark it 8, Dude.... ;)

Also, if Lebowski is still around, I absolutely love the movie reference! :cool:

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Also, if Lebowski is still around, I absolutely love the movie reference! :cool:

Lebowski is still around. Have you ever been to a Lebowskifest? If not you need to check one out. People show up looking like The Dude, Walter, Donny, Maude, The Jesus, and many others plus several people that were in the movie show up too. Good luck with your cars and your cross country move and keep in touch. By the way, Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man....

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Lebowski is still around. Have you ever been to a Lebowskifest? If not you need to check one out. People show up looking like The Dude, Walter, Donny, Maude, The Jesus, and many others plus several people that were in the movie show up too. Good luck with your cars and your cross country move and keep in touch. By the way, Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man....

Haha, great! Well, I'm moving to LA, man. I have never been to Lebowskifest or even heard of it, but it doesn't surprise me. I'm sure I'll run into one in LA. When I was there last year, I made a pilgrimage to an In N Out Burger in the Hollywood area.

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I still use a can of Vista paste wax. I bought a case of this in the early 60's and 1/2 a can left. Easy to apply and with a little hard rubbing creates a great lasting shine. I don't use it on clear coat paints, but on the early cars '29 A and '62 Vette it works great. I have not seen the gold can for years, but I believe it is still being produced by Simoniz. Good luck, all the above are great suggestions also.

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