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Wax on - wax off

Not to give away how long it's been since I bought a brand new car, but is it ok to wax the 2011 JGC as soon as you get it home? Bug season is coming up. Any favorite waxes/polishes/techniques?
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:16 AM
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Re: Wax on - wax off

Ok, I see k9jackie already asked about this on the 8th. Looks like it's ok to wax on day one.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:18 AM
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Re: Wax on - wax off

Wash + paint cleaning clay first. Then wax.
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Re: Wax on - wax off

Definitely ok to wax from day one, by hand, but not buffer. All of my detailing supplies come from Adam's Polishes and for me there is none better!
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Re: Wax on - wax off

Excellent. Thank you. I hadn't heard of cleaning clay until this site. Good to know. Sounds like a good excuse for a car wash party. Thanks again.

When can you start to use a buffer? Or never?
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Re: Wax on - wax off

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Sounds like a good excuse for a car wash party.
Two things I wouldn't dream of doing without some beer on hand: washing the car, and manning the grill.
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Re: Wax on - wax off

^^ A good random-orbital polishing machine can be a time-saver for both applying and removing/buffing wax. You do not need to use any form of polishing compound on a new vehicle, assuming the dealer didn't already screw it up with swirl marks from over-aggressive machine polishing/buffing.

I am one of those A/C obsessive types that believes the clearcoat continues to harden for the first 45 - 60 days or so after leaving the factory, not unlike the process that has concrete actually getting harder 10, 50, 100 years after pouring. So I hand wash and wax and buff for the first 6 or 8 weeks, then I'll start using the machine. If you use the best products (sparingly, less is more) and don't use a heavy hand, the random orbital is fine. Just make sure the bonnets and rags/towels are correctly chosen for the materials you are working with, and they are scrupulously clean.

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Re: Wax on - wax off

there is a detailing forum here with lots of how to's, advice etc. We also have probably the BEST detailing vendor on the net in detailedImage.com

FYI-you get the gloss, shine...whatever you wanna call it from the polish you use...so use it! There are different grades of polishes. I use mostly Meguiers professional series products with my DA Porter Cable and ONLY hydro-tec pads from lake country. FYI_ a da polisher like the Porter cable are perfectly fine for your newer finish. Just choose the right products and pads. I recommend a very light polish to add gloss and then a sealant topped off with a good PURE carnuaba...like P21s Concours. I think my 5 yr old Jeep speaks for itsself and I would put it up against any new vehicle.
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Re: Wax on - wax off

Here's what I did :

-Wash (with a non-wax car soap, used Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner)
-Dry using several microfiber towels
-Pre-wax cleaner (Mother's Pre-Wax Cleaner)
-Polish (Meguiar's Deep Crystal Polish)
-Wax (Meguiar's Gold Class Liquid Wax)

All of this took me a full day. Started around 8 in the morning, finished around 6pm. Lot's of hard work, but well worth it

Next step is to protect the black trim. Going to use Meguiar's Gold Class Trim Detailer. The chrome accent pieces were protected using the steps above.
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Re: Wax on - wax off

Thank you for all of the info. Sounds like I have a few things to buy and a couple kegs to put on ice.
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Re: Wax on - wax off

what's the best product to use with the chrome? I've never owned a car with chrome accent pieces....
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Just seal and wax them^^^^^
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