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Old 03-10-2002, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default How long should i wait to wax

Just bought my car 2 weeks ago.

I want to get a decent coat of wax on it. Went and bought Zaino bros wax.

I know paint has to cure for a certain time, usually 30 to 60 days.

Think its safe to wax the car now? or should I wait for a little longer to make sure?
I'm sure its been painted for more than 30 days, depending on how long it sat at the dealership, etc.

any ideas?
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Old 03-10-2002, 01:34 PM   #2
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You should be able to find the build date on one of the stickers in the door jam or glovebox or somewhere. Ive not looked for it in my WRX, but im sure its there somewhere.
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Old 03-10-2002, 01:53 PM   #3
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Wash, clay and wax. Your car is old enough.

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Old 03-10-2002, 02:05 PM   #4
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Wash, clay and wax. Your car is old enough.
err whats clay? in this context atleast

seperate question: so the general consensus (i have a black car) is that Zaino bros wax is the best...right? I can find this at autozone (yes/no?) or pepboys?
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Old 03-10-2002, 03:52 PM   #5
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Jejunum,
the clay they are referring to is an automotive clay bar. You use stuff like quick detailer and then rub this clay bar over your paint and it removes anything thats stuck on the paint. Works REALLY well.

As for the Zaino bros, i've not had a chance to use it yet, but i've heard nothing but good stuff about it.
You can't buy it at your local automotive store, its that good
Try their website http://www.zainobros.com i think, or search and see if you can find it. Its kinda expensive compared to other waxes/polishes, but i've seen pictures of a black WRX that used it and it looked like you could reach right into the paint. It was amazing.
Oh, and it takes like a whole weekend to put it on, you put on the pre-lok, let it sit for a few hours(up to 24 i think) and then put the polish over the top of it.
I"m itchin' to try it
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Old 03-10-2002, 07:35 PM   #6
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so this clay bar is for removing stuff like road tar and bugs right?
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Old 03-10-2002, 07:38 PM   #7
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so this clay bar is for removing stuff like road tar and bugs right?
that and any other contaminates that get on your paint.

It took of stuff that carwash, simplegreen, and just about anything else i tried wouldn't take off of my old car.

It took off ash that had fallen from a near-by fire at my house and nothing would even touch that stuff but the Mothers claybar.

i think you can buy the whole mothers brand claybar setup w/ detailer for like $16.

get the Zaino though, its gotta be better
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Old 03-10-2002, 07:46 PM   #8
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Yup, if you haven't clayed, you'll be amazed at how much "smoother" your finish ends up after!
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Old 03-10-2002, 09:13 PM   #9
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well my car is mostly brand new (350 miles) and garaged so i dont need this yet..right? it has no protective qualities; just removes "stuff"
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Old 03-11-2002, 12:48 AM   #10
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you don't need to let the wax sit for 24 hours.....its a half an hour I have used Zaino too...it works soooooo well and it lasts for like 2 months.....for a black car....nothing beats Zaino....
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Old 03-11-2002, 06:05 AM   #11
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well my car is mostly brand new (350 miles) and garaged so i dont need this yet..right? it has no protective qualities; just removes "stuff"
Clay it now, even though it's new. It got lots of crap on it during shipping. You'll be amazed.

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Old 03-11-2002, 09:33 AM   #12
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IIRC, you dont have to let Z1 dry before applying the Z2 or Z5... You let that mixture sit until totally dry and buff off and then WAIT 24 hours before the next coat...

Clay bar... do it when new. My girlfriend just got her new 2002 Mustang GT ragtop and the dealer prepped it... hehe... the neighbors thought I was nuts for washing a NEW car... that car had lots of grit on it that you couldn't see, but you could feel...

needless to say, its smooth as a baby's rear end now. Sadly, it rained right after I finished and now the car is as dirty as a baby's rear end

FWIW, on my black S2000 (prior to the WRX) I found Zaino to be the easiest to put on/take off and it repelled dust better than other brands. I did a side by side comparo on the hood and the Meguiar's gold class actually made the paint look deeper and darker, but it only lasted until the first wipe down with quick detailer...

Now that I've got a silver WRX, I guess the specific stuff doesn't make that much of a difference... Silver is very forgiving. However, the Zaino seems to last a decent amount of time. BTW, I live in the PACNW and it rains like half the year. I clay the car annually at the start of the sunny season...
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Old 03-12-2002, 01:26 AM   #13
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clay bar!

I burned a grilled cheese sandwich on my girlfriends fancy cooking pan... the only thing that worked on getting it clean was clay bar...

i can detail a car, but when it comes to cooking.....
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