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Old 05-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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New Paint Problem?

Ok so after the hail storms/tornadoes in Texas earlier last month, my Camaro was so bad that I had to get a lot of body parts replaced. majority of the car was repainted but problem is the kinda dull look of the paint, it's not like it was when I bought it (2012, 5 months old) with that mirror finish and how water just "sticks" to the paint. What i'm trying to find out if the car just needs to be buffed and/or waxed. These are pics of the water "sticking" to the car. When I picked my car up the repair shop guy told me after a month it'll go back to normal but after seeing how water sticks to it, i can't believe that.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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looks like it needs to be waxed, but it wouldnt hurt to polish it as well!
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Thanks, that's what I was thinking. But The service guy at the dealership told me to wait a month then I'll wax and polish it (though i'm a newbie at it lol)
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Thanks, that's what I was thinking. But The service guy at the dealership told me to wait a month then I'll wax and polish it (though i'm a newbie at it lol)
yes you want to give the paint and clear coat a little time to "cure" i believe
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Wax isn't going to be the solution for what you have there.

You'll need to clay and probably polish to be rid of that, and honestly I'd do it sooner rather than later as fresh paint will be susceptible to damage having mineral contamination sitting for long like that.

The only process(s) you need to avoid with fresh paint are sealants and waxes... you can clean, clay, and polish a fresh paint job without issue.
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Wax isn't going to be the solution for what you have there.

You'll need to clay and probably polish to be rid of that, and honestly I'd do it sooner rather than later as fresh paint will be susceptible to damage having mineral contamination sitting for long like that.

The only process(s) you need to avoid with fresh paint are sealants and waxes... you can clean, clay, and polish a fresh paint job without issue.
THAT I didn't know. I'll probably try to take it to a place that specializes in polishing and claying since I have know skills in that area, thanks.
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THAT I didn't know. I'll probably try to take it to a place that specializes in polishing and claying since I have know skills in that area, thanks.
Or..... you can PM me. I live in Dallas and I'd teach you how to do it all, no charge. Much better than paying somebody to do it and still not knowing how to do it.
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Or..... you can PM me. I live in Dallas and I'd teach you how to do it all, no charge. Much better than paying somebody to do it and still not knowing how to do it.
You will probably get better than the average job done with him!!!!
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Lol, thanks guys. It'll also give me an excuse to use all this new stuff I just ordered from Autopia. I hope Todd knows what he's talking about
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Typically paint jobs from Bodyshops/ Dealers will need time to cure. GM and other manufacturers have UV lights that cure the paint. Body shops almost typically do not.
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Once you remove those water spots, continue waiting till after 30 days and use Meguiar’s #80 Speed Glaze for the time. Once you pass that 45-90 day mark then your ready for using a LSP product.
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Or..... you can PM me. I live in Dallas and I'd teach you how to do it all, no charge. Much better than paying somebody to do it and still not knowing how to do it.
I will definitely have to take you up on that offer when I get some free time from work. Yeah those water spots are REALLY irritating especially since in my friend's apartments the sprinklers are always on in the morning UGH!
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Looks like that has the potential for etching to me. Fix it ASAP or you'll be sorry. No wax, you need to clay and polish... Maybe even use Adam's SHR because that wants some love
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Looks like that has the potential for etching to me. Fix it ASAP or you'll be sorry. No wax, you need to clay and polish... Maybe even use Adam's SHR because that wants some love
Yeah I'm gonna try to do it soon as possible. It sucks cause it was repaired (hail damage) at a Chevrolet dealership ugh!
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Thanks, that's what I was thinking. But The service guy at the dealership told me to wait a month then I'll wax and polish it (though i'm a newbie at it lol)

Thats an old wives tale that body shops still tell people because they don't want you to wax it right after they paint it because if you don't use the right wax or don't do it right you may screw up the new paint job. With todays clear coats thats total BS. once the paint is dry you can sand the clear and buff, then polish and then wax.

Basically what you have is fresh paint that hasn't been waxed and its allowing all kinds of dirt deposits to get embedded in the clear coat. you need to clay , polish , and wax like the others said.
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Yeah I'm gonna try to do it soon as possible. It sucks cause it was repaired (hail damage) at a Chevrolet dealership ugh!
I had some etching that I had to correct. It takes a little bit more time than just swirls and depending on how deep they are, you may have to use the green pad with green polish, but it can certainly be corrected without some expensive detailer price tag. Of course when you are done, give her the sealant she needs. That will help prevent any etching in the future. BTW, I took mine to my local detailer once, I was very disappointed with how my baby was brought back to me.
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I will definitely have to take you up on that offer when I get some free time from work. Yeah those water spots are REALLY irritating especially since in my friend's apartments the sprinklers are always on in the morning UGH!
Okay, no matter what wax or sealant you put on the paint, you are going to want to avoid sprinkler water like the plague. You need to wash your paint ASAP!

Most sprinkler water is loaded with minerals that are going to damage your paint. The minerals (particularly the magnesium and calcium) in the water are going to start etching (eating!) into your clear coat quickly!!!
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Yeah dude, if you've got artificial water sources (i.e. sprinklers) spraying allover paint without an LSP on it, you're going to get some mean water spots. Pretty much all of us can already tell that abrasives are required to get rid of those. After that, I'd avoid artificial water as much as you can and when you wash the car, make sure ALL the water is dried off. Once you get a sealant or wax on there, you have a little bit more leeway, but still be wary.
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