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Old 04-18-2010, 02:19 PM   #1
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did i wax my car too early?

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I went to Advance auto part today, and ask a staff there. I asked him what kind of wax should I used? The one i bought yesterday can't be use on my stripes.

Then he said, what kind of car you have. I said yellow 2010 camaro with stripes. Then he pick up Turtle wax ice, a liquid spray one. Again he told me that. The car is too new to wax. The recommended is 1 year after freshly painted.

Anyway i don't know how long my car has been built, i pick it up at the dealer. Its been parked there for a while. So... Hopefully I didn't waxed it to early.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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I wouldn't take advice from anyone who's selling you ICE.

Your fine.. the paint goes through a curing process at the factory, not to mention the time it takes to actually ship and deliver the vehicle.. I wouldn't worry about waxing too early.. I waxed mine the day I brought it home.
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I wouldn't take advice from anyone who's selling you ICE.

Your fine.. the paint goes through a curing process at the factory, not to mention the time it takes to actually ship and deliver the vehicle.. I wouldn't worry about waxing too early.. I waxed mine the day I brought it home.


If any sales person recommends ICE turn around and walk out.

The rule for waxing after a paint job is 30 days not a year and does not apply to factory paint jobs. Factory cars are baked in an oven at 450 degrees for several hours and are cured before they ever get to the dealer.
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If any sales person recommends ICE turn around and walk out.

The rule for waxing after a paint job is 30 days not a year and does not apply to factory paint jobs. Factory cars are baked in an oven at 450 degrees for several hours and are cured before they ever get to the dealer.
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If any sales person recommends ICE turn around and walk out.

The rule for waxing after a paint job is 30 days not a year and does not apply to factory paint jobs. Factory cars are baked in an oven at 450 degrees for several hours and are cured before they ever get to the dealer.
What's wrong with ICE?
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #6
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My HHR is 3 years old and I have never waxed it.. it sits outside every day in all types of weather (not Garage kept) driven 365 days a year and is still as shiny as the day I brought it home... I only wash it when I can't stand to look at the dirt any more.. thats about every 2 months. When I do wash it, It looks like I just bought a brand new one......


All Joking aside, Too much washing, waxing and polishing will destroy a paintjob.. be reasonable use only non abrasive products, your paintjob will last much longer...
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:10 PM   #7
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I guess i'll keep using Rainx wax. do i have to wax the car every time i wash it? or just kinda polish it dry. I washed my car with turtlewax carwash soap. it come out pretty good.
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you can wax your car after it is 3 months old and yes,ice is a very good product to use on your stripes.i use it on mineit is safe for them.
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:38 PM   #9
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you can wax a brand new car. there is NO wait time required with factory paint. 20 years ago it was different but today its fine. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong.

I would tell you to wax it IMMEDIATELY to start protecting the finish
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All Joking aside, Too much washing, waxing and polishing will destroy a paintjob.. be reasonable use only non abrasive products, your paintjob will last much longer...


I'm going to need an explanation as to how waxing will destroy your paintjob?


Here's a couple before polish and wax...



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I can't imagine why anyone would want to polish or wax their car??
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I'm going to need an explanation as to how waxing will destroy your paintjob?


While it protects the finish, everytime you do it, just a little tiny bit of it gets buffed off. My dad has an old Miata (no clear coat from the factory), and every time it gets waxed, the cloth used turns red. No big deal if you wax only once a year, but if you did it every week, eventually......
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I'm going to need an explanation as to how waxing will destroy your paintjob?


Here's a couple before polish and wax...



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I can't imagine why anyone would want to polish or wax their car??
Addng to what the previous post said, many waxes are cleaner waxes and the way they do that is to remove a little material every time you wax with it, basically what a polish also does. when you wax every week with one of those then you are going to finally go through the clear coat into the color coat, and when you start seeing color on your rag you have gradually destroyed your paint job.. that is why i said always use a non abrasive wax...
The pictures you post are of a custom paint job, I bet it is much thicker than a factory paint job like on our cars. it can withstand many more waxings and polishings than a factory paint job can...
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While it protects the finish, everytime you do it, just a little tiny bit of it gets buffed off. My dad has an old Miata (no clear coat from the factory), and every time it gets waxed, the cloth used turns red. No big deal if you wax only once a year, but if you did it every week, eventually......
Sticking to the thread. Modern Camaro's don't have single stage paint jobs, and clear coat is much different.

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Addng to what the previous post said, many waxes are cleaner waxes and the way they do that is to remove a little material every time you wax with it, basically what a polish also does. when you wax every week with one of those then you are going to finally go through the clear coat into the color coat, and when you start seeing color on your rag you have gradually destroyed your paint job.. that is why i said always use a non abrasive wax...
The pictures you post are of a custom paint job, I bet it is much thicker than a factory paint job like on our cars. it can withstand many more waxings and polishings than a factory paint job can...
Who told you that? There is no true WAX on the market that will remove any amount of clear coat. If your waxing weekly there is something wrong with your wax.

Polish (and maybe a few cleaner waxes) does remove trace amounts of clear coat.. If its done properly most paint jobs can withstand 20+ full blown polishings. And if your polishing weekly there is something wrong with your washing method, because you should never have to polish more than once every year.
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Addng to what the previous post said, many waxes are cleaner waxes and the way they do that is to remove a little material every time you wax with it, basically what a polish also does. when you wax every week with one of those then you are going to finally go through the clear coat into the color coat, and when you start seeing color on your rag you have gradually destroyed your paint job.. that is why i said always use a non abrasive wax...
The pictures you post are of a custom paint job, I bet it is much thicker than a factory paint job like on our cars. it can withstand many more waxings and polishings than a factory paint job can...
Sorry but I respectfully totally disagree. Nobody would recommend using an abrasive wax every week. At least nobody sane.

Waxing and polishing you car is fine. Washing it every week is fine, washing it more than once a week is fine as long as you do it right.

The very small amount of paint or clear that you remove when you use a polish if done correcly with the right product will not have you wearing through you paint.

Of course if you choose to drive a dull looking car, or one that doesnt shine to its potential then that is your choice, but I dont think you should be telling people that they are going to be wiping out their clear or paint.
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Sticking to the thread. Modern Camaro's don't have single stage paint jobs, and clear coat is much different.



Who told you that? There is no true WAX on the market that will remove any amount of clear coat. If your waxing weekly there is something wrong with your wax.

Polish (and maybe a few cleaner waxes) does remove trace amounts of clear coat.. If its done properly most paint jobs can withstand 20+ full blown polishings. And if your polishing weekly there is something wrong with your washing method, because you should never have to polish more than once every year.
Well if you even did it once a month that is 20 polishings would be around 2 years... not very long in my book... Some are talking on here about doing it every week...not a good Idea... once or twice a YEAR is plenty...
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So exactly where in the Osahwa line does the car get baked for 2 hours?
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Well if you even did it once a month that is 20 polishings would be around 2 years... not very long in my book... Some are talking on here about doing it every week...not a good Idea... once or twice a YEAR is plenty...
nobody is saying to polish every month. waxing every month is fine, so long as you are using a regular wax. a cleaner wax, aka polish is not ok.
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nobody is saying to polish every month. waxing every month is fine, so long as you are using a regular wax. a cleaner wax, aka polish is not ok.
Agreed, as I mentioned in my first post do not use an abrasive type wax AKA Cleaner/Waxes and do not do it too much, I didn't specify how often too much was..... that is all I meant in my post..
Oh by the way you wanted to know who told me those things, NOBODY, It was from personal experience and my 89 Chevy truck... I washed it every week, and waxed it every month.. 2 years and i was through the clear coat...
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No better place to be misinformed than the internetz.
Good information is hard to come by until you find the right person to advise you. I'd send Junkman or Moose a PM and ask. Or do a little looking. In about 5 seconds I can find all the information to what the OP is looking for. Do yourself a favor, find the correct info yourself and don't let people spoon feed you BS (like the guy that sold you ICE).
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Well here are the products that I bought.
Turtlewax Zip Wax Car Wash and Wax (64fl oz. ) Link

TurtleWax Ice Spray Wax Link (haven't use it)

Rainx Wax

now i'm start to wonder, can i use turtle wax carwash (link provided above) to wash my car. Maybe once a week?
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Good information is hard to come by until you find the right person to advise you. I'd send Junkman or Moose a PM and ask. Or do a little looking. In about 5 seconds I can find all the information to what the OP is looking for. Do yourself a favor, find the correct info yourself and don't let people spoon feed you BS (like the guy that sold you ICE).
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My HHR is 3 years old and I have never waxed it.. it sits outside every day in all types of weather (not Garage kept) driven 365 days a year and is still as shiny as the day I brought it home... I only wash it when I can't stand to look at the dirt any more.. thats about every 2 months. When I do wash it, It looks like I just bought a brand new one......


All Joking aside, Too much washing, waxing and polishing will destroy a paintjob.. be reasonable use only non abrasive products, your paintjob will last much longer...
Hmm I just sold a 2001 dodge intrepid that I owned for 9 years. I waxed it every 3 months with maguires ( might have spelled that wrong ) waxes and it looked perfect after those nine years. I am not changing a thing I did when it applies to my camaro. I am not kidding the paint job was insane for a 9 year old car. I got compliments on it all the time. I don't mean to be rude or pick a fight but I will not believe the not waxing your car is the way to go.

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Bottom line, if you worried about "waxing your car to death" buy some Zaino.. it doesn't have a abrasive bone in its bottle...

Buy some Adam's if you don't want to spend a week shining up your car.
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So when u guys wax yor car and next time you wash you car. All you do is just wash and dry it? Because I thought every time you wash your car. The wax come off.
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