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Old 04-15-2014, 01:12 AM   #1
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So I am picking up a new car, 2015 WRX to be exact. I ordered Crystal Black Silica. I would like to keep my paint in great condition as long as I own it. I need advice on what to do initially with the paint when I receive the car. Thanks
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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Look for a professional detailer in your area to install opti coat pro or cquartz. Use proper wash techniques, stay away from auto washes. Watch out for harmful contaminants, bird poo, tree sap wipe up immediately.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:29 AM   #3
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Search for info on the two wash bucket method and use it. Make sure you buy quality wash Mits and mf towels.

A good coat of wax is imperative. I just a pied cquortz UK to my car a clue days ago. Very nice product.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:03 AM   #4
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Talk to a detailer first and foremost. You also may want to be careful applying wax immediately to your car depending on how long ago it was painted. I know my detailer says not to touch fresh paint factory or otherwise for a minimum of 6 months with any sort of chemical!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:39 PM   #5
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gl. Have the dealership not detail.

Opticoat might help.

Mine is scratched up and its only 3 months old. I think the dealership put it through an auto wash day 1. I've never run it through anything but the touchless type washes. Went to a detail guy and its better. Will need a full detail at some point this spring summer to fix some of the damage.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:48 PM   #6
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Talk to a detailer first and foremost. You also may want to be careful applying wax immediately to your car depending on how long ago it was painted. I know my detailer says not to touch fresh paint factory or otherwise for a minimum of 6 months with any sort of chemical!
He's wrong if he's referring to NEW cars.

NEW as in: just came off the assembly line and you took delivery at the dealership.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:38 PM   #7
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First thing you should do it get clear bra installed. I didn't do this upon purchasing my car and it's probably my biggest regret.
Search proper techniques to washing your car(2 bucket method with grit guard ect...), and make sure you do a full detail once you get it. Wash, clay, wash, polish, wax/seal
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:49 PM   #8
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First thing you should do it get clear bra installed. I didn't do this upon purchasing my car and it's probably my biggest regret.
Search proper techniques to washing your car(2 bucket method with grit guard ect...), and make sure you do a full detail once you get it. Wash, clay, wash, polish, wax/seal
This depends. I seriously considered a clear bra on my car. I got a couple quotes and was ready to pull the trigger, but after 3 weeks I do have a chop and scratch already. Neither are on areas that a clear bra would have prevented. I applied cquortz. It won't prevent the rock chips, but will help reduce the severity and make scratches less likely to occur.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of the information, I am getting a clear bra applied asap after I take delivery. My biggest concern is going to be swirls and streaking throughout the life of the car. Anyone have any brand recommendations for carwash/waxes?
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:53 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of the information, I am getting a clear bra applied asap after I take delivery. My biggest concern is going to be swirls and streaking throughout the life of the car. Anyone have any brand recommendations for carwash/waxes?
I understand your concerns about the new car and it's condition. Most of us on here feel the are way. It's great you take pride in your Scoob. Just a couple of things...

After washing it be careful how you dry
it. (Look up two bucket wash like someone else suggested.) When you dry it, use a quality microfiber towel or other method that won't damage or leave swirl marks to your paint.

If you follow the proper washing/drying methods it will help keep your car looking good. If you do get swirls etc. don't sweat it. Just about everything on the paint can be fixed up to look like new again.

I also forgot the wash soap. I've used Meguiars, Adams and Detail King. I've liked them all and haven't noticed a significant difference among them.

Like somewhere on here said, it's not what you use, but how you use it. Good luck.

Enjoy.

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:49 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the information, I am getting a clear bra applied asap after I take delivery. My biggest concern is going to be swirls and streaking throughout the life of the car. Anyone have any brand recommendations for carwash/waxes?
I use Allura P-8-Q finish glaze after my clay bar. I used to use some sort of swirl remover usually wolf gang then do a finish glaze then do a wax/sealant. However this finsh glaze has 2000 grit cutting ability so it effectively removes all swirl marks and gives a great shine in one process then all you do is use a sealant/wax of your choice. I still like wolfgangs sealant but a lot of stuff works just as well.
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First thing you should do it get clear bra installed. I didn't do this upon purchasing my car and it's probably my biggest regret.
Search proper techniques to washing your car(2 bucket method with grit guard ect...), and make sure you do a full detail once you get it. Wash, clay, wash, polish, wax/seal
THIS,


and do half the hood or the whole hood aswell as the front bumper.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:33 PM   #13
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:45 PM   #14
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gl. Have the dealership not detail. Opticoat might help. Mine is scratched up and its only 3 months old. I think the dealership put it through an auto wash day 1. I've never run it through anything but the touchless type washes. Went to a detail guy and its better. Will need a full detail at some point this spring summer to fix some of the damage.
This! Don't let the dealer touch it. Have them keep the plastic on the car.

Best decision I made, besides buying a STi.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:42 AM   #15
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OPTI-COAT and Clear bra full nose. youl thank me later. 110% best investment i ever did.
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:47 PM   #16
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This! Don't let the dealer touch it. Have them keep the plastic on the car. Best decision I made, besides buying a STi.
Did this. Had my tint shop remove the plastic and apply the 3m clearbra and tint. Big investment up front but it will be worth it after your first highway trip. Never let a dealership wash your car. Mine offers free oil changes for life and I always ask that they not detail my car.

Also, check out Griot's Garage for some good videos on using an orbital buffer. That has saved me hours on polishing.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:00 PM   #17
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All the good Do's and Dont's have been mentioned above.

Clearbra is great but I think paint sealants like Aquartz kit and opticoat work just as well and a lot cheaper. I am afraid they might leave swirls when they install the clearbra. This is personally what I would do:

1.Pick up the car from the dealership
2. Upon arriving home, wash the car in the shade using appropriate methods and prep the paint surface using claybar. Make sure you use the soft/fine grade claybar instead of the medium/heavy grade. Also I would barely even apply pressure when claybarring! Even if you don't see anything on the claybar, this step is very necessary!!!
3. I personally wash the car again after claybarring just to insure there is no claybar residue but you can skip this step if you think you have dried it properly.
4. I would apply a paint sealant following the directions. This isn't like wax where you just "wax on and wax off". Also paint fresh from factory is going to be rock chip free so this is the ideal time to apply the sealant. This is going to act almost like an extra layer of clearcoat.
*if you have very light swirls from factory, I recommend going over it with Menzerna sf4500 on a blue pad using Griots Garage DA or maybe even M205 (meguiars) or V36 (Chemical guys) on a tangerine pad (colors of the pads will differ by brands so make sure you get the right color for whatever you are trying to achieve). Barely use any pressure with the buffer and don't go more than 4 on the speed setting. You are just fine-polishing it before applying the sealant.
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All the good Do's and Dont's have been mentioned above. Clearbra is great but I think paint sealants like Aquartz kit and opticoat work just as well and a lot cheaper. I am afraid they might leave swirls when they install the clearbra. This is personally what I would do: 1.Pick up the car from the dealership 2. Upon arriving home, wash the car in the shade using appropriate methods and prep the paint surface using claybar. Make sure you use the soft/fine grade claybar instead of the medium/heavy grade. Also I would barely even apply pressure when claybarring! Even if you don't see anything on the claybar, this step is very necessary!!! 3. I personally wash the car again after claybarring just to insure there is no claybar residue but you can skip this step if you think you have dried it properly. 4. I would apply a paint sealant following the directions. This isn't like wax where you just "wax on and wax off". Also paint fresh from factory is going to be rock chip free so this is the ideal time to apply the sealant. This is going to act almost like an extra layer of clearcoat. *if you have very light swirls from factory, I recommend going over it with Menzerna sf4500 on a blue pad using Griots Garage DA or maybe even M205 (meguiars) or V36 (Chemical guys) on a tangerine pad (colors of the pads will differ by brands so make sure you get the right color for whatever you are trying to achieve). Barely use any pressure with the buffer and don't go more than 4 on the speed setting. You are just fine-polishing it before applying the sealant.
Paint sealants don't protect from rock chips nearly as well as clear bras. You can see the thickness of a clear bra it's something you can touch. Paint sealants are just a thin coating on your paint, their design is for protection from elements and when you rewash your vehicle to try to prevent marring and swirls. A lot of manufacturers are advertising that you never need to wash your car again etc. this unfortunately untrue.

While installation of a clear bra can cause marring. A lot of reputable shops clay bar and polish the paint prior to install.
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Paint sealants don't protect from rock chips nearly as well as clear bras. You can see the thickness of a clear bra it's something you can touch. Paint sealants are just a thin coating on your paint, their design is for protection from elements and when you rewash your vehicle to try to prevent marring and swirls. A lot of manufacturers are advertising that you never need to wash your car again etc. this unfortunately untrue.

While installation of a clear bra can cause marring. A lot of reputable shops clay bar and polish the paint prior to install.
Yeah I don't really understand why they say you never need to wash it again.

I've heard some stories about yellowing of the clearbras and people seeing imperfections underneath the clearbras. If you know of a reputable shop, go for it. Personally I've just had very bad experience from letting other people do the bodywork so I personally just prefer doing it myself. I would rather reapply the sealant from time to time rather than spending 500+ and I've always hated getting the compound/polish/wax residue on the edges of the clearbras.
Again, if you want to go with a clearbras, go for it!!
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:23 AM   #20
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Sorry to jack thread, but do you apply OC first then get clear bra, or the other way around?

Still waiting for my '15 WRX, but trying to learn and prep as much as possible prior to the car coming in
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #21
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Sorry to jack thread, but do you apply OC first then get clear bra, or the other way around?

Still waiting for my '15 WRX, but trying to learn and prep as much as possible prior to the car coming in
Doesn't matter. you can OC first or you can OC after or you can do both.

If you don't OC first and you remove the clear bra you need to polish the edge and opticoat under again after.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:58 PM   #22
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Clear bra for hood, pillars, mirrors, front fenders and 6inches up the roof.

Skip the bumper clear bra, you're gonna get bugs on it. It's also plastic underneath so it won't rust, and one day you curb it a bit or someone else is going to bump it and the clear bra will peel up.
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my detailer has options for gtechniq products for paint protectant.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:27 PM   #24
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:55 PM   #25
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just got my car opti coat pro. love it and wish i did it a few months ago when it was new. the car is so easy to maintain
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