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#1 orion61

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

I presume I am not the only person that does this, but what do you Wax/Polish your scope with?
Is there a special wax suggested..
As a Guitar Player I know Fender sells a Guitar wax that
is about $12.00 a Bottle of 2 oz.. turns out ro be Pledge :foreheadslap:

#2 slyke

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:13 PM

Polish is a fine abrasive as are some commercial 'waxes'. Those are the last things I want near any optics.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

Sorry Stephen I didn't word that title right, I have edited it after your reply, I meant wax/polish your scopes paint job with..
My fault....

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

Yep, polish those lenses right up until they SHINE boys! :roflmao:

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

I've never polished a telescope. I were to consider it, I'd probably head for the turtle wax or some other similar non abrasive "finishing" product designed for automotive paint. Of course, this might make the tube slippery and harder to handle - one can definitely feel a difference in friction before and after waxing the car.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

I've been using "Pledge Furniture Polish Spray" on my 12" SCT OTA for the past 12 years ... it still looks like new!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

Yep...been using Pledge since the dadgum 80s.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

dont use wax!!!! i used some car wax on my meade 8" and after i did, it was slick as #$%^ and can easily slip out of your hands if your mounting it on a gem. the pledge furniture polish spray sounds like a good idea. donnie

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

Yep...been using Pledge since the dadgum 80s.


I use the generic version of Pledge. That, dew and dust seem to do a good job.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:50 PM

Too late!

I use car wax,a nice carnuba.

It does make things slippery but no wax-caused disasters have happened here.

Using ANY aerosol is a lot scarier because I know some of it will get on the optics.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:57 PM

Using ANY aerosol is a lot scarier because I know some of it will get on the optics.


I spray the Pledge on a cloth and make sure the optics are capped ... never a problem. ;)

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

Klasse All-in-One.

A German made acrylic protectant. Goes on clean and tidy. Buffs off clean and tidy. Doesn't smell. Great stuff and a very little goes a very long way, so a small container will last forever for scope use.

http://www.autogeek....seallinone.html

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

Turtle wax works fine for me,used it for decades, all car polishes and household cleaners can have additives in them that are either abrasive or a solvent, the secret is to use lightly and sparingly,modern car polish is designed to not damage the clear coat,DA.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:36 AM

Filtered water through under cabinet system and a microcloth. Don't care about shiny, but worry about slippery barrels.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:58 AM

I use turtle wax. I put a few coats on all my scopes, during my withdrawal period in the middle of winter. All but my TV-85 that is.
My Takahashi's have the absolute best paint you can image, like a quality show car. Glassy smooth and not a hint of orange peel.
My big APM refractor has lots of orange peel but looks nice waxed, but not nearly as beautiful a finish as my Tak's.
All my Celestrons and Orion scopes don't have that same luster, but they are all beautiful once a few coats of wax hits them.
I do this during the sorrowful nights of winter when its cold and raining outside.
I'm looking forward to a C8 Edge HD soon. I wonder how that finish compares to the aluminum gray tube finishes.
I use to wax my Carbon Fiber C8 before I sold it to my friend, that was a beautiful finished scope. Sold it to get ready for the Edge 8 HD, not for any particular reason other than to want an Edge now.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

I never heard of it! Polish your scope? I only use clean white soft cloth to clean my scope but never on lens and mirror!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

Clean microfiber cloths. I keep a dust cover on when mnot in use for a long period. I haven't waxed the 14 inch Meade and the TAKs don't need it.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

While there really isn't any need to, it won't hurt either, and for me, if I am going to wax something painted, I use car wax.

I like the hardness and durability of a good car wax, and when not exposed to the weather 24/7 should last a couple of years.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

Lucky post, Edgie.

It turned out AP uses Turtle Wax on their scopes.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:10 PM

Problem with car waxes is that they contain loads of petroleum distillates and which are prone to fuming and outgassing. Klasse is a non-toxic acrylic protectant that doesn't smell or outgas. It also lasts as long as all but the best high-carnuba-percentage car waxes. Cheap car waxes with no or low carnuba content are soft and don't last very long.

I wouldn't put a freshly waxed OTA into an enclosed container (storage box or bag) if I used a car wax. Klasse, though, is no problem in this regard.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

I've used high quality auto wax but Klasse looks better. Thanks for the tip Jim! David

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

Waxes and Polishes are two different items......

I show some of my cars in various car shows and I do not use wax... I use Polish...Specifically Finish First and Finish Fast products)..and if anyone cam close to one of my cars with Armou-all in there hands I'd kill them....and so would any other guy with a car in the show...

Polishes do not protect...but they shine and that is the name of the game when showign a car...

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Before "polishing" scopes I clean the paint, using a wet-wipe type product. If there's gunk or stickiness on the paint I use "Sticky Stuff Remover" - very effective. Then wipe all off with a soft microfibre...

Then, if it's dark colour I use Autoglym Super Resin Polish followed by a couple of coats of Ultra Deep Shine.

If it's light coloured, then it gets AM-Details Glaze coat followed by a couple of layers of AM-Details Seal protectorant.

(AM-Details is a local supplier of car detailing products, and very good they are too!)

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

Good lord! I just look through mine, and wipe the dew off occasionally - the MG gets any polishing that is done around here, and for that, I use Celestron's Scopewax Starshine :elephdance:

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:36 PM

I prefer layering for show. Claybar, then a true non-abrasive polish (rather than a sealant sometimes called a "polish" in correctly), then a high carnuba wax for depth and protection, then, maybe a sealant over it for static shine. I don't use Klasse on my cars. Only on boats and other toys. :grin:

- Jim






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