Piston Slap: Mikey Likey The Black Impala

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta

Longtime TTAC Commentator mikey writes:

Sajeev I have a 2009 black Impala and I plan to keep it a long, long time. I’ve always been a twice-yearly wax guy. Black paint is always different. Should I wax twice yearly? Do I need to buy different wax?

Sajeev answers:

Black paint isn’t different than other colors, aside from its inability to mask any scratch or blemish. As mentioned in my Turtle Wax Black Box review , there are ways to perfect black paint with less effort. I enjoyed this product and would recommend it for your application. Even though it’s a carnauba-based wax, your cool climate (Ontario) is easier on paint protectors and should easily last your twice-a-year regiment. And it makes Black paint look perfect without leaving white residue everywhere. Throw away your detailing toothbrush! Or not.

Then again, cosmetic counseling has opposing views of equal validity. So off to you, Best and Brightest.

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  • Commando Commando on Dec 04, 2009

    I'm only chiming in to say that here's a gentleman with an Impala and not ashamed to let the world know it. Kudos to you, bub. Two thumbs up!

  • DweezilSFV DweezilSFV on Dec 04, 2009

    Hey Mikey: I always had a mental picture of your storied Impala as being cranberry red metallic. Never thought it would be black. Nu Finish is a good product and it lasts. It was one of Consumer Reports best for longevity, shine and ease of use followed by Turtle Wax 2000 or what ever it was called. Plus it's been around for many many years. Remember the "this car went through 52 car washes" commercials and the spokesman in the junkyard bringing back the shine on an old pile from the 70s ? For me it always lasts longer than anything else in L.A.'s air which always used to leave a black sort of toxic grit/dew on your car after it sat all night. What would that be called "acid dew" ? Lasts longer than Maguire's ever does in this particular climate, I've found.

  • Superbadd75 Superbadd75 on Dec 04, 2009

    Actually, I've seen my truck in black and think it's the worst color. Silver and white usually just do it for me. Clean and simple, and they don't show dings and scratches.

  • Mikey Mikey on Dec 06, 2009

    Whoa! I made a TTAC headline. The car in the photo is a clone of my Impala perfect match! And here I thought I had the only one. Sorry I'm late to the party,but this old autoworker wasn't quite ready for the rocking chair. Working in the non union