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For more information, see this thread on protegeclub.com. I posted the same info there. Hope this helps.
My Classic Red '99 ES sedan still looks as shiny as it did 3.5 years ago when I bought it. At least three times a year, I spend a whole day on it. First, I wash it really well. Then, I apply a chemical cleaner which removes any oxidation and stains. I follow the chemical cleaning with a good polish which restores the lost minerals and oils back to the paint's finish. Finally, I protect it with two coats of wax. I use Meguiar's Clear Coat Body Scrub Paint Cleaner to chemically clean (I know it says clear coat, but it works with or without one), Meguiar's Deep Crystal Polish, and Meguiar's Gold Class wax.
A severely oxidized red car (paint not peeling) can be brought back to show room shine with some time and effort. The oxidation actually forms a protective layer, much like aluminium does when it oxidizes.
You can check out my car's Classic Red finish here.
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