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Best Protection Against Acid Rain - experiences?

rck329rck329 Member Posts: 10
edited April 2014 in Chevrolet
Just trying to get some opinions here...
The last 2 new cars I've owned (both black/clearcoat by chance) have been "snuffed" pretty good by acid rain... a lot of pitting on the roof and hood surfaces.
What's the best way to protect against this happening on my new truck? Polymer waxes (like Zaino)? Carnubas? Zeibart?!:P (I've searched the wax and Zaino message boards, but couldn't find much about acid rain specifically...)
Or does eventually acid rain kill everything? Ideally, I'd like to only clean/polish/wax a couple times a year...so I guess carnuba's are out...
thanks for any help

Ryan

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    jukeboxcarl2jukeboxcarl2 Member Posts: 35
    I also have a black clearcoat on my Eldorado. I have had no problems using 3M Imperial Hand Glaze followed by Collinite Insulator Wax. Great shine and protection lasts longer than most.
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    armtdmarmtdm Member Posts: 2,057
    Just go a Buck 2000, BALCK and althoug it is only a few months out it had acid rain spots straight from the dealer's lot. Unable to get off. Not sure if good waxes even keep these off and I have waxed other cars multiple times and they still show up. Only solution, don't drive in the rain and dry your car after every wash.
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    dc_sports_ruledc_sports_rule Member Posts: 134
    I have been using Finish First Polish against rain and it works great. No problems and I live in the rust belt on Lake Erie near the Canadian border. It is known for its severe acid rain. www.FinishFirstPolish.com By the way, I use the product and am not affiliated with the company.
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    adc100adc100 Member Posts: 1,521
    I think I read in another post somewhere that you were using the Meguiars Hi-Tech #26. I purchased it and just used it. How does it hold up? Any comments?

    Thanks,
    Al
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    armtdmarmtdm Member Posts: 2,057
    The #26 gives a great shine, not sure yet as to how it holds up. I also am using Collinite on another car which costs about 125% more then the #26. The #26 seems a little harder to get off, a greasy film like haze that takes a little more rubbing, nothing major. Also trying the Z product that is so highly spoken of in another section and will see which does a better job, probably different in terms of which shines more and which lasts longer. Can one of them serve both needs????????!
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    rs_pettyrs_petty Member Posts: 423
    The best protection is a car cover. Next is frequent washing - twice a week is not too much if you live in a acid rain area. Try to keep the finish dried off as much as possible. Polymers will probably last a little longer than carnuba, but you fall into the trap of letting routine maintenance go because you think your better protected and that is when the pollutants will attack your finish. IMHO you'd be better served with a product(like a quick detail spray)that you can use every couple of weeks rather than 2x a year.
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    dc_sports_ruledc_sports_rule Member Posts: 134
    I garage my cars and utilize Finish First products. Check out their sites: www.liqui-tech.com www.finishfirstpolish.com
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    aceroneacerone Member Posts: 12
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    Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Car covers are great but you have to be careful. If you have a condition where strong sunlight shines on a damp cover, your paint could "sweat", and small white dots will appear. This is sometimes mistaken for acid rain, rail dust, etc.

    This will happen even with a breathable cover, so when the sun comes out the cover really should come off if there's any moisture whatsoever on the paint.

    Acid rain is brutal...you can only do so much...over time, if the car is constantly exposed, I don't think you can save the paint no matter what you do.
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