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How soon can I wax new paint?

Hey guys,

Looking for a little insight about protecting the finish on my new Jeep. This is my first new vehicle ever, so I've never pondered this question before.

My Jeep is now two months old since its date of manufacture. Is it safe to apply a wax or other type of sealant to the finish?

I've heard that you need to wait at least 90 days for the paint to fully cure. Being that I work for a paint company, I am very familiar with the difference of dry vs. cured. I just don't work for an auto paint company so its still out of my realm of knowledge.

Thanks so much!

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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

You can wax anytime....I always do it the day I get a new car. You'd be surprised how dirty a "new" finish can be, I would also clay or use a light cleaner wax (I swear by Dodo Need for Speed) and then follow up with your choice of sealant or wax. No issue doing so at all and will help to protect it and keep it nice going forward.


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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

I was told a 90 day wait by the body shop after I had a repair done. I'm not sure if it's the same for new paint from the manufacturer.

My dealer seals the paint on every new jeep they sell. I'm not sure what they specifically seal it with but it's a mandatory add-on, comes with a 5 yr warranty and is $500. This price includes stain guarding the interior.
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

A body shop respray is not the same as a OEM factory paint which is much stronger and baked in an oven vs some heat lamps.
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

I waxed mine the same day I got it.
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

New car totally fine to wax the day you bring it home. New cars are not washed, waxed or sealed, or any "detailing" of any kind by the dealer if I'm signing the paperwork. In fact, if there's plastic on the carpet, seats, and things like that even better...I picked up my black Acura with the white shipping paper on it and drove it home. Then it's taken home an immediately detailed, and coated. Even new like was stated above, most likely needs at minimum a clay job. Mine gets, washed, Iron-x, washed again, clay(paint/glass), Gtechniq Panel wipe (or IPA), then paint, trim, glass, and metal all get their own coatings. Usually no need for any polishing, maybe a finishing pad in a couple spots if necessary, or if it's sat out and they used a "snow squeegee" to pull snow off. UGH, day I picked up a black jeep it was snowing and I saw the salesman running across the lot trying to stop the lot boy before he pulled the snow off the jeep, dragging all that dirt across the paint.
Anytime I've had to have body work done, I've always been told 30 days before anything but wash...not even spray sealer like Reload or C2V3 until day 31.
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

Wax the same day it was deliver to me ��
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

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New car totally fine to wax the day you bring it home. New cars are not washed, waxed or sealed, or any "detailing" of any kind by the dealer if I'm signing the paperwork. In fact, if there's plastic on the carpet, seats, and things like that even better...I picked up my black Acura with the white shipping paper on it and drove it home.
I took delivery on my 2010 BMW M3 Coupe as soon as it arrived at the dealer right off the boat. Also did the same with my 2003 Mustang SVT Cobra.
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

The reason you should wait is so all the solvents bleed out of the paint and clear. By waxing or sealing the paint you trap those solvents in, which can cause solvent pop. 90 days is the norm but every paint manufacture is a little different. In the case of a new car its most likely way over 90 days but I'd double check to be sure.


I usually start with paint correction to remove all the scratches or poop stains, followed by sealing and then wax. But Im a detail fanatic and spend 10-12 hours on a car lol
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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

One opinion ...


In the olden times when car paint contained lots of solvents, a brand new car needed quite a long time to dry completely. The paint might not be fully dry yet on the inside, even as it is shipped to the dealer’s showroom or brought to the owner’s garage. The paint would appear dry on the outside, but the inner layers still harbor solvents that need to escape before it is safe to give the car a good washing.


Today, you can actually wash and wax a brand new car as soon as you feel the need to do so.

One of the first things to happen at the automobile assembly line is the painting of the car’s body, because the painting machine just has to spray the paint all over. There are no side mirrors or headlights to avoid or cover. The paint dries rather fast, too, because there is a marked reduction of solvents mixed in with the base coat and the clear coat paints. Chemical hardeners are thrown in to speed up the process further, and finally the car is baked in a curing oven to ensure that the paint is thoroughly dried before it leaves the factory.


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Re: How soon can I wax new paint?

Um not according to Hot Hues or Spies Hecker (some of the best paint made) They will tell you to wait. Maybe with some "green" environment friendly paint, which I wouldn't use.

Like I said from the time it's painted new in the factory to the point it gets in your hands that time had usually elapsed unless you pick it up off the assembly line
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