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    Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    I love the look of a darker silver metallic...so I wonder which wax/sealant or combo is the best at darkening the paint color. I have the impression that carnauba is usually better for this...am I right?

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    Darkening the finish was never anything I really noticed until I used Meguiar`s NXT Tech Wax. It seemed to darken the red on my wife`s GTP some. It is the only product I have used that I actually noticed a change.
    Not gonna list all the ones I have used, but trust me, it has been several.

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    I agree with Charles,
    The NXT will darken the color and give it a very wet look (especially after applying two coats) ... The downside is that it will also mute the metalic in the paint.
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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    Clearkote Carnauba Moose Wax probably darkend paint the most out of everything else I have. I`ve never used NXT so I can`t comment on it. CMW is pretty durable I`ve gotten around 3-4 months with it, and I know others have gotten good results to. It`s a good compromise between a carnuaba and sealant.

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaCkaL829
    Clearkote Carnauba Moose Wax probably darkend paint the most out of everything else I have. I`ve never used NXT so I can`t comment on it. CMW is pretty durable I`ve gotten around 3-4 months with it, and I know others have gotten good results to. It`s a good compromise between a carnuaba and sealant.
    Since durability has been brought up, I don`t think I get much more than a month out of the NXT. Since I usually wax once a month, it isn`t a factor to me, but it could be for some people.
    (FWIW, the NXT is now used for door jambs)

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    I agree with the NXT response, I absolutely hated the way it looked on black, it darkened it up sooo much. Similar to Charles, the NXT now been downgraded to rim duty and I let my Dad use it so he don`t get into my good stuff :-p
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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    Natty`s darkens silver. I had it on my car in September and while it did slightly mute the metallic, the paint had a noticeably darker look.

    My avatar at left is my car with Natty`s.
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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    Thanks for the replies...too bad some products will mute the metallic. I may try NXT or Natty`s one day.

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    I`ve noticed very distinct darkening when I used NXT, but it was uneven and patchy (1993 black honda accord). It was more like smeared oil, which didn`t buff off. I get the same smears when I use #9 SMR, too. I gave away my bottle without ever resolving that issue.

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    Gold Glass darken a car finish very well and most Meguairs sealants and waxes, But for your color vehicle I would go with this combo to ENHANCE a metallic flake EX-P/NATTY PASTE by Poorboys.

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    Re: Which Wax/Sealant darkens the most?

    A couple of thoughts here. If I had your car and paint I would prep it to perfection then use UPP x3 as my LSP.

    Having said that, I find that almost ALL of Meguiars LSP`s darken the paint some, #16 would be an exception. #26 is almost as dark as NXT, but with better durability(for me). That maybe something to look into.

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