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Old 07-22-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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Is waxing a new car - advisable?

I am asking because each time I have had a car painted, last one was $6k paint job, the shops always advise not to wax the car for at least a couple of months to let the paint fully cure.

So, I am just curious, why is it okay to lay a coat of wax on a new car, especially ones that got produced just weeks ago? I can understand the new factory paint can use mild polishing but coat of wax?
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Depends on how long your car was in quality control. If it was a while then by all means, wax, but if it never made it to QC, then wait until the paint has had time to set.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:23 PM   #3
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Depends on how long your car was in quality control. If it was a while then by all means, wax, but if it never made it to QC, then wait until the paint has had time to set.

wrong!

it's cause the paint in facotry cars is cured at a high temp to remove all the solvents from the paint before it gets delivered.

this isn't possible at paint shops cause the cars have electronics, and plastics that would melt at the 400 degrees F required to do the same cure.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:41 PM   #4
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wrong!

it's cause the paint in facotry cars is cured at a high temp to remove all the solvents from the paint before it gets delivered.

this isn't possible at paint shops cause the cars have electronics, and plastics that would melt at the 400 degrees F required to do the same cure.
So are you saying it's ok to wax right away?
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wrong!

it's cause the paint in facotry cars is cured at a high temp to remove all the solvents from the paint before it gets delivered.

this isn't possible at paint shops cause the cars have electronics, and plastics that would melt at the 400 degrees F required to do the same cure.
Makes sense. Thanks for your reply.
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So are you saying it's ok to wax right away?
as long as it's been cured at a higher temp, yes.



for example, going to maaco or which ever place... you can't wax for several weeks while the paint fully cures.


facotry vehicles are waxable as soon as they leave the factory floor.
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wrong! he is saying that it is not okay to wax a painted car from a paint shop, but never gave the correct answer that it is okay to wax a car straight from the factory.
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wrong!

it's cause the paint in facotry cars is cured at a high temp to remove all the solvents from the paint before it gets delivered.

this isn't possible at paint shops cause the cars have electronics, and plastics that would melt at the 400 degrees F required to do the same cure.
That was a light touch on a quality control joke man, lighten up
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yes wax from factory

wait from a place like maaco
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The GM car cover says not to cover your new car for 3 months............I will not wax it as water based paints take a long time to dry.
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wax on, wax off
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yes wax from factory

wait from a place like maaco
Better yet, don't ever subject a Camaro to a paint job from Maaco!
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:49 PM   #13
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Go ahead and wax/polish 'til your hearts content.
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That was a light touch on a quality control joke man, lighten up
right over my head then...
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right over my head then...
You're alright, I really wanted to say just the first part, but I figured it would just piss people off.
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The GM car cover says not to cover your new car for 3 months............I will not wax it as water based paints take a long time to dry.
i seriously doubt that it says that and implies that aswell.


water based paint may take a long time to dry but not when it's cured specifically to be ready to rock from the factory in any condition.
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Go ahead, wax it or put your favorite sealant on.
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Depends what kind of waxing. Regular detailer spray and maybe very fine compound to get those light scratched and swirl marks out. But why fully wax your brand new car? I am waiting till the fall to get it fully detailed.
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i just smoothed out my IOM Camaro with clay bar and then wax it with a cleaner wax.

Clay bar does clean out a lot of dirt on the paint... you want to do that before you wax your new car.
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Depends what kind of waxing. Regular detailer spray and maybe very fine compound to get those light scratched and swirl marks out. But why fully wax your brand new car? I am waiting till the fall to get it fully detailed.
Go ahead! It's OK! Really! Get that wax/polish on it to offer as much protection as possible!


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i just smoothed out my IOM Camaro with clay bar and then wax it with a cleaner wax.

Clay bar does clean out a lot of dirt on the paint... you want to do that before you wax your new car.
Claying is a very good idea prior to any wax/polish application.
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