Please Help me save some paint. Wax coating, what to use,etc

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Got some old GM paint from 66 and trying to protect it. I've not used wax since I was a kid and no not how to go about trying to save what I have. Its getting thin in places. Every time it was washed sadly some paint went with it. My plan is to carefully wash it and wax to lock it in. I've been a mothers fan but there are probably other good or better ones our there. And there are different kinds of waxes and compounds. I don't really know what to do but I'm thinking I'll have to do it all by hand to be careful.
I'm hoping some of yall out there might have experience on something like this to help me out, and hopefully someone else trying to do the same thing. In pics I haven't washed anything yet. There are a couple places with oil on it. Thinking about first wash with dawn. Yes dawn will strip wax but there is none to strip lol.
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Read this.
 

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What pics?
Are you parking it outdoors?
Can’t fix thin paint. But I’d not use any sort of paste wax that requires polishing off. There are too many good spray n wipe waxes that work fine and don’t take any paint with them when you wipe the car down. Or just do poppy’s patina.
 

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If you haven’t visited the car care aisle at the Vato Zone for 30 years, it might be time!
If you’re trying to keep an unprotected vehicle with old soft thin paint shiny and protected from the elements, your money is best spent on a car cover.
JMO.
 

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Hood is the worst of it. It's stored in a carport and I keep it mostly covered with sheets. Not trying to sand in patina. Just want to lock in what's left and enjoy it. The winters are not good on it but I know if it's protected it will fair better. Car show last weekend of next month. I'm hoping to be there.
 

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Hood is the worst of it. It's stored in a carport and I keep it mostly covered with sheets. Not trying to sand in patina. Just want to lock in what's left and enjoy it. The winters are not good on it but I know if it's protected it will fair better. Car show last weekend of next month. I'm hoping to be there.
That’s some beautiful patina. I’d shine it up with some fine polish and a buffer and hit it with some patina stuff or linseed oil if it ain’t shiny enough!
 

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That’s some beautiful patina. I’d shine it up with some fine polish and a buffer and hit it with some patina stuff or linseed oil if it ain’t shiny enough!
Was gonna say exactly this. A good DA polisher with some medium cut compound to start, then move to a light compound or polish. Then wash with dawn/water, dry and either coat it with Sweet Patina's Patina Sauce or just a good wax. She'd look amazing!
 

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Brand specific isn’t really important. Especially in your case as that paint will polish very easy. Meguisrs and others make polish and compound. I use 3M because that’s what I have and a quart of each is good for multiple vehicles. You don’t need much unless you’re buying for multiple jobs. So no need to spend a bunch on a big bottle.
 

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Recommendations on what compounds and wax? I think I have a buffer somewhere.
I wouldn't use anything electric,rubbing compound,or anything other than a straight wax if I was trying to save paint. Hand wash it with bon ami,or comet and a sponge,don't get crazy scrubbing or use a fine polishing compound by hand, then a straight wax or linseed oil to protect what you have
 

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Lots of tips and methods to think about. Thanks everyone for bringing ideas to the table
 

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I’m cringing posting this because I talk way too much about Vice Grip Garage- but he does have Shine Juice for this (like Poppy’s Patina) and also has some nicer more permanent patina protector products that are more expensive but you can choose your level of shine from matte, satin or gloss that could be applied with a gun but also by hand.

I’ve used his shine juice after a scotch brite/comet wash and it dries from shiny into a nice satin, and the exposed bare metal areas have stayed bare metal.
 

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