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Old 06-07-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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How long to wait before waxing/polishing a new car?

What's a good time frame to wait before claying and polishing a new car? Or is the paint and clear coat pretty well baked on from the factory?
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #2
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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You can do it right off the lot. Almost all new cars have been sitting out side for a period of time.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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As the guys have said, no need to wait!

Factory paint is fully cured before you have the chance to lay your hands on it.

Fresh/custom paint is where you have to be careful. Polishing on new paint is fine, but sealing/waxing is usually discouraged for at least 60 days.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. She wasn't sitting on the lot, it's a new factory order. Should I still wait 60 days from her build date?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. She wasn't sitting on the lot, it's a new factory order. Should I still wait 60 days from her build date?
They still probably bake the paint and not ship it out the same day it was built. You should be good to go buddy
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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Questions, especially for Adams guys, but anyone chime in. The guy who painted my car told me it was safe to wax once the water stopped beading on the new clear coat, he said because it is so hot and sunny here right now (average temp 95 degrees) and my car has to live outside during the day while I am at work that it would probably cure much faster than 60 days, but his stipulation was like I said, "when the water stops beading".

Does that sound accurate to you all? I am dying to do some paint correction on the hood since there are swirls from when the kids at the shop washed it, but I don't want to polish until I can seal and wax it.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #9
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Painting a car is diff than factory painting, in time .....wait 30 days for local paintwork to out gas .....
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I always default to what the painter tells you as he's the one that's familiar with the characteristics of the paint/clear he laid down. I agree that it will cure a little faster sitting out in the sun.

I've never heard the "when the water stops beading" stipulation before though.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:00 PM   #11
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Painting a car is diff than factory painting, in time .....wait 30 days for local paintwork to out gas .....
I think it's because th factory generally bakes the paint.

Factory finish you should be able to do it any level of detailing after the dealer hands you the keys.

If it was a factory new car, personally I would wash/clay/polish/seal/wax as soon as possible. After that it's all about maint maint. My next camaro, I will do that


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