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Old 08-10-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default Help figuring out how to protect new paint.

So, I have recently gotten a repair done on the body of my 07 WRX TR. And well, the whole thing ended up getting prepped-repainted- and the works done. 9000$ in hail damage.

So, how should I protect the new paint once it cures? How long will it take to cure? And other bits and bobs on detailing are appreciated.

I have gone through the forum and found out that paint sealer = wolfgang deep gloss paint sealant is awesome, as well as 303 products aerospace protectant is great after a good wax.

Thoughts?

(Im a total car detailing newbie)
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:37 AM   #2
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id suggest you wait anywhere from 30 to 60 days to allow the paint to fully cure. so no wax or sealants for the moment. i know its hard, ou want to protect and preserve the finish. its how i felt when i got my RSX painted. in fact i opted to riding my bicycle to work and school and only drive the car when i really needed to. and my job is 13 miles away, lol.

if you want more info here's this.

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums...-to-Breathe&s=
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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Really they shouldn't have given you the car back until the paint is cured, that being said it takes around 30-60 as stated above to cure fully. 90 to be sure.

Which for most of us in unrealistic ..
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:01 PM   #4
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It certainly makes sense to me to ask the folks who did the work first since they know what products and processes they used (and should know the curing/maintenance requirements based on that). A good shop should inform/instruct the customer about this when they pick up the car.

Btw, there are products you may be able to safely use over your curing finish to help provide some level of protection. I would stroll over to the Autopia.org forums and do some digging (I know the conversations come up from time to time). I would also scrutinize your wash routine (including products, tools, techniques). Regular washings are important but so is how you do it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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Really they shouldn't have given you the car back until the paint is cured, that being said it takes around 30-60 as stated above to cure fully. 90 to be sure.

Which for most of us in unrealistic ..
Given him the car back until the paint was cured? really? Most people don't have 2 cars to drive. I've had 2 cars on 4 occasions painted professionally after an insurance claim. I always picked it up and was told to wait 90 days to max or use an automatic wash. Im pretty sure no insurance company ever has had a body shop hold a car for 90 days... Don't make OP feel as tho he shouldn't drive the damn thing. Wait to wax, it, then buy some good wax, dont use auto drive thru washes, or heavy solvents, and the paint will last as long as every other subaru paint job. Also, tailgating is instant paint destruction. Your aren't protecting the paint as much as you are the clearcoat. Paint is damaged by UV damage, and most cars now don't have a problem with that.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:05 PM   #6
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Rejuvenator! it removes scratches, oxidation and mild surface damage! amazing stuff... will protect your paint and make it shine like new!
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:24 PM   #7
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Wait the recommended amount of time and then seal it with a product called JetSeal109 by The Chemical Guys. I used it and could not be more impressed. You can even wax over the sealant if you want which is what I did.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:57 PM   #8
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Any particular reason why you just bumped about 6 month old threads to promote chemical guys products???
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:00 PM   #9
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Any particular reason why you just bumped about 6 month old threads to promote chemical guys products???
It wasn't 6 months old. And yes, I needed to PM a user about buying some used legacy gt wheels and I needed a minimum of 10 posts.
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