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Old 07-18-2003, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default How long should you wait to put a coat of wax on a repainted door?

I just got about 1/4 of my door repainted. How long should I wait to wax it? I got the car back on July 3rd.
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Old 07-18-2003, 09:50 PM   #2
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I've always been told 30 days.
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Old 07-18-2003, 10:44 PM   #3
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I just picked up some painted parts this week. I asked them if it would be safe to wax. They told me that the paint needs 6 months to fully set up. They said that I could wax the rest of the car and just put some type of non-residue polish on the painted pieces.

just what I was told. U may wanna wait for more replies
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Old 07-18-2003, 11:00 PM   #4
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if you use soft wax then you can wax it 3weeks after it
was painted, but you should not use any abrasive material
on it for a good 3 months.

soft wax as in spray and wipe type of wax, not the paste
type. the surface is soft until cured.
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:30 AM   #5
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3 months seems to be the standard. Check with the shop that painted you car to make sure. Otherwise, I'd go with Kenchan's advice. What he said is what I've heard as well (this is from a friend that owns a reputable shop in my area).

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Old 07-19-2003, 04:27 PM   #6
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My bodyshop says one month.

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Old 07-22-2003, 10:09 PM   #7
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My family owns a paint shop...You can "wax" in 3 days..but if you use abrasive "polish" 7 days. Todays paints cure much sooner than ones just 10 years ago. I had my whole WRX hood repainted and polished it with in 3 days.

Not many folks are aware of the fast cure times..hence you will hear lots of 30-90 days from most folks.
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Old 07-23-2003, 12:11 AM   #8
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While those in the biz' probably know best, you may want to try a spray wax anyway.

I always thought they had to be crap snake oil junk, but then I moved to grad school & an apartment where I can't wash my car regularly. When I do get to wash it, I have to use a coin-op spray booth, which I don't trust to get the car clean enough to actually use a paste or liquid I have to buff on/off, for fear of grinding my paint all to hell.

My solution was actually that Eagle One Spray wax and it really does seem to put a lasting layer down. I used it a month ago and I still get nice beads when it rains. I mean, it's not a show car finish, but I gave up on having that when I had to leave my car outside 24/7, and at least I feel like there's some protection.
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Old 07-23-2003, 01:41 AM   #9
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WRXmy02 - What kind of wax do you use? I have used a couple different kinds but I want something that will last a good 3-6 months and max water bead and is easy to apply and get off. I always hand wax. Dont trust the buffer. Any suggestions?

BTW, I just got my whole car repainted from hail damage.
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Old 07-23-2003, 01:54 AM   #10
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Not many folks are aware of the fast cure times..hence you will hear lots of 30-90 days from most folks.
My understanding is this: car's on the manufacturing line are cured using high temperatures that are not possible after the car is assembled (you'd melt the car's components).......also the paint's used on the manufacturing line are actually different than what is utilized in a body shop..........hence the 30-90 day curing times. This is the first time I've heard someone mention a 7 day curing time. Perhaps your folks are using a new type of product that's on the market? The ~90 day time frame I mentioned was from a large, local shop which my friend has owned and operated for 15 years.
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Old 07-23-2003, 09:46 AM   #11
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I want something that will last a good 3-6 months and max water bead and is easy to apply and get off.
Most Carnuba based waxes will only last WEEKS on your car. Sorry! Try a polymer based "polish" such as Klasse AIO and SG (All In One and Sealant Glaze) or Zaino.

<--------- you can find more info, like where to buy these and such here.

www.zainostore.com is where you can order Zaino. That stuff is very easy to apply, though a little complicated, and it's easy to remove and no/little buffing is necessary!

Scoobies with zaino

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Old 07-23-2003, 10:21 AM   #12
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I used Zaino's Z2 product and it is a polish. It only lasted a couple of weeks. What did I do wrong?
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Old 07-23-2003, 12:07 PM   #13
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I used Zaino's Z2 product and it is a polish. It only lasted a couple of weeks. What did I do wrong?
Zaino calls it a "polish", but it isn't in the truest sense of the word (it has no abrasives). Z2 is a polymer sealant, no matter what Sal's marketing department would like to think

As to your problem with durability, did you use Z1 or ZFX in conjuction with Z2 for your first coat? If not, that's probably the issue right there. Did you de-grease/de-wax your car before applying Z2? The Zaino directions recommend washing with Dawn to remove oils and grease from the paint, but you could also wipe the car down with isopropyl alcohol, 3M's tar/wax/adhesive remover, or any prep-solvent product (3M makes one, I use one from a company called Hi-Temp). Regardless of how you go about it, the goal is to have very clean, very bare oil-free paint for the sealant to bond to. If you didn't do something to remove your last coat of wax, or oils from polishes, etc., that can also contribute to decreased durability.

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Old 07-23-2003, 02:39 PM   #14
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Thanks Tort. Dawn it is! I will have to try something different. I will call the body shop that did the work on my car and ask them how long I should wait because I want it to be good and hard before I do anything to it.
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Old 07-27-2003, 05:42 PM   #15
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I used Zaino's Z2 product and it is a polish. It only lasted a couple of weeks. What did I do wrong?
.....what did you use to wash your car? Some soaps/detergents will strip the Z2/Z5 from your finish.

btw, I would use Dawn as Zaino recommends. It's safe for the clearcoat and does a good job at removing old wax. Use a claybar to remove other impurities/grit from the clearcoat (this is also a safe method). Check their site......they post all of the hints & tips you'll need. Also, you can get a hold of them if you need some help with your specific application. Good Luck.

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Old 07-27-2003, 06:32 PM   #16
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1 month I was told by my body shop here.

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