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Dan JGC 03-22-2011 08:12 PM

When to first wax?
I was perusing the Internet and other parts of this blog. As I understand it, you can seal or wax a new vehicle right away since they heat harden the paint unlike if you had a repair at a body shop where they would recommend waiting 30 days before waxing.

So, is it OK to seal or wax a new vehicle right away? What to use?

larryr20 03-22-2011 08:42 PM

Re: When to first wax?
A hand wax should not be a problem at all. Like you mentioned they harden the paint at the factory. Also, there is some time between when it leaves the factory and when you actually receive it which helps cure it. I have read that running it through car washes is actually worse as the paint is getting beat up a bit more but who knows. Now that spring is here, im just hand washing anyway. Im a fan of Canuba wax, Mothers, Xymol

Chi-One 03-22-2011 08:48 PM

Re: When to first wax?
Griot's Garage: Best of Show wax and their random orbital buffer:thumbsup:

tmw1582 03-22-2011 09:25 PM

I have always used Nu Finish with great results on all my cars. Very easy and user friendly too.

rhaines 03-22-2011 10:08 PM

Re: When to first wax?
This may be dated info but I was told to avoid liquid wax as it has a softening agent that may,ultimately, soften the finish on the vehicle. Please correct me if I am wrong here but it makes sense to me.

Jpjr 03-22-2011 10:51 PM

Re: When to first wax?
fine to seal right away.

you should seal first and wax over that. sealant is much better for new factory paint.

also consider 3m clear bra before your paint sets in

for products, pick up a porter cable and all the pads, etc. from this site:

then, pick up the best product i've used for black paint assuming that is what you have:

this is a sealant that includes caranuba wax, which is the best for black paint.

why do i use poorboys? simple... there are competing products that exhibit the same shine... but NONE are close to how easy this product is to apply. if you wax your car twice or more per year you know how much an easy off wax matters. can't explain how much better life is with the ex....

GTOGreg 03-22-2011 11:30 PM

Re: When to first wax?
make sure to claybar the car before waxing/sealing. I noticed these cars have a LOT of raildust on them. You don't want to seal that in as it will eventually rust and diminish the depth of the paint - on white cars you can actually see the brown rust stains over time. I usually combine a wash and claybar at the same time, rather than washing, drying, claybarring, and then washing again - just do a panel at a time. I prefer Zaino or Meguiars NXT after I've addressed any swirls with my buffer and 3M compound (orange foam pad).

moosehead 03-23-2011 01:22 AM

Re: When to first wax?
One should wax just before the start of swimsuit season.

earldharris 03-23-2011 07:00 AM

Re: When to first wax?
I use Zaino Show Car Polish on my cars - Extremely easy to use, with no white residue.

Nickoland 03-23-2011 07:17 AM

Re: When to first wax?
Mine was actually waxed by the dealer with 3miles on the odo, its fine.

+1 for zaino. Wash with Dawn to get rid of the dealers wax, wash with zaino car wash, polish with 2 coats of Z2 with ZFX additive, spray Z7 in between coats, buff. So easy a cave man could do it.

The dealer actually waxed the windows too, there were deep streaks under the wax that took some elbow grease to get to.

RageOfFury 03-23-2011 07:18 AM

Re: When to first wax?
Claybar can be very tricky and if you don't use enough lube you can stratch the paint. If you do it right it's awesome, but too risky for me and it's a ton of work.

So I prefer to use a pre-wax cleaner. I use Mother's pre-wax cleaner. Then you can seal/polish (I use nufinish) and then wax (I use Black Magic liquid wax).

the1jake 03-23-2011 07:50 AM

Re: When to first wax?
I have no idea. Just listened to my neighborhood detailer who does a good job. He mentioned that he would do something for my new vehicle to protect the new paint. Didn't charge me a lot and the guy always makes my vehicles look great at a nominal price.

I guess I can't say I'm too worried about it. Plus, I already have some scratches and rock marks that aren't going to be buffed out. It's a JEEP! :thumbsup:

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