After 2 months my 2011 Ranger was still as clean and shiney as it was the first day I took it home from the dealer and rubbed on a couple coats of paste wax (which I kept up and polished daily). However, wanting to do it right I went to a synthetic liquid, using the complete Turtle Wax's ICE clay bar and polish kit. After washing and drying throughly I removed everything that was on the surface of the truck with their liquid clay bar treatment. After completely finishing that step I hosed it down and was surprised to see just how stripped it really was, for the water just streamed off and would not bead anywhere.
I next used the provided ICE clay bar and lubricant, carefully cleaning the surface as instructioned, taking my time to do it right. When done I was pleased to see just how much more black the truck seemed to be. Once completely clay barred, I put on three thin coats of ICE synthetic wax, making sure each coat was dry, hardened and polished before each additional application. The effect is spectacular! I have never seen anything like it. The truck simply sparkles and gleams far beyond what I expected, even for a new truck. That evening the truck became the center of attention when parked in front of the local automotive hangout. It looked wet and mirror like, and still does a few days later (with daily dusting).
As I said, instructions on the ICE box were followed completely, parking in the shade on a day when the tempertures were below 80 degrees F, and using microfibre only for any rubbing and drying. Was the improvement from perfectly clean and shiney from before to the new ICE finish worth all the time effort and cost? Absolutely! The difference is stunning in person when seen in the sunlight with contrasting shadows. Black can be so beautiful when it is like a mirror. Here is a picture, which really does not do it justice:
Here is a link to my FordRangerForum picture album:
Just thought I would share some of the fun I had doing it and the results.