I don't work for Meguiar's and I don't own their stock. After
getting my car repainted, I sat down with the man who painted
it and asked him for tips on maintaining the finish. He recommend
Meguiar's and I've been using it ever since. I'm sure that are
plenty of products that are just as good, but this is my miracle
Why Use Wax?
Spray can acrylic enamels aren't as resilient as they sound. There
are a lot of chemicals that can affect your paint job. Sun tan lotion,
mosquito repellent, perspiration. denatured alcohol*, exhaust residue
and grease. Many of these can dull or damage your paint job. Wax
can provide an additional barrier of protection. It also makes your
rocket look great.
After Flight Procedure
I try to wax my rockets within 48 hours after flying them. There's
no particular reason for this amount of time, but the longer contaminates
set on you paint job the greater their potential damage.
Before waxing, I gently remove any dirt or mud with a paper towel
moistened with water and then dry. You don't want to be grinding
dirt into your finish while waxing.
The Meguiar's Cleaner Wax is also very good for buffing out scratches.
The Downsides of Waxing
Waxing will not fix a really bad paint job.
Wax makes it a lot more difficult to repaint your rocket in the
Waxing can actually remove a little bit of paint. If you don't
have a clear coat, you can smear colors.
Waxing may eventually cause white paint to yellow.
I put wax over Rust-Oleum's ever so delicate Chrome paint and it
And of course, your results may vary. Test the product on something
other than your prized rocket first.
*I've actually used denatured alcohol and a Scotch Brite pad to