Q (George Kraft): Just wondering if the newer paints don’t require it or if they benefit at all from waxing. Seems like a lot of work but if it helps keep the shine on maybe it’s worth the effort occasionally. I doubt there would be any drag performance benefit at our speeds but I’m reminded of the memoirs of a WW II Spitfire pilot whose mechanic spent the whole night waxing his airplane. The next day he had to out run a Messerschmidt and found he got an extra 10 knots, which he said saved his life! I just want to keep her shiny. Think it’s worth it and, if so, what would you use?
A (Alan Negrin): I wax mine once a year with Meguiar’s TechWax.
A (Jonathan Apfelbaum): I use Rejex on leading edges once or twice a year. Makes removing bugs easier.
A (Doug Dodson): Any reasonable carnauba car wax is fine on urethane paint. I use the liquid wax and do the entire airplane about once a year. I use detailer spray whenever the mood strikes me. A very wet terry cloth hand towel is great for getting the bugs off the leading edges, cowling, spinner and wheel parts. I let that dry then use the detailer spray and a micro-fiber cloth to get the water spots off.
Use a separate, clean, very wet terry cloth hand towel to get the bugs and dirt off the transparencies, and then any good polish made for Plexiglas and a very clean microfiber or flannel towel.
A (Lory Ghertner): I have Imron over House of Kolor paint. My painter said no waxing was needed. To help with bug removal I go with some really high-tech stuff that I can use for the windshield. It even smells like lemon: old fashioned Pledge run down the leading edge adds about 15 sec when putting the plane away and the bugs peel off.