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Old 06-08-2005, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Simple question, I searched and I guess the subject is too broad.
Anyway.

When should I wax my car for the first time? It is an 05. I heard that sometimes you have to let the paint cure fully before waxing the first time.
Any truth to this? The car was built in February of this year so that's, about 4 mos. old.

Thanks
-Sean
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Old 06-08-2005, 12:20 PM   #2
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some recommend 3 months, some recommend 6 months for new paint. i think at 4 months you should be ok. all the off-gassing should be done by then and your paint cured. i waited 6 months for my first wax, but that was partially due to the weather/season. just give it a good claybarring before you wax. i'm sure there will be some raildust from the initial car shipment, which is fairly common.
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Old 06-08-2005, 12:27 PM   #3
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omg... it is such a myth to have to wait. You havent had to do that since like 1970. Nowadays, they bake the coating on at super high temps which cures your paint before it ever makes it to the dealer. You can wax it the day you drive it home. I have purchased several new cars, and have waxed right when I got them home. No probs Enjoy the new ride!
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Old 06-08-2005, 12:31 PM   #4
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I could be wrong, but you can wax a brand new impreza as soon as you get it. Brand new spankin paint should only need about 1 month to "gas off" or fully cure without baking and all subarus, to my knowledge, have their paint baked.

Take into consideration that the car (imprezas) was painted in Japan and shipped here, taking longer than a month, it is ready to be waxed as soon as you get it.

Also, when the car is delivered to the dealer ship, parts of the paint are covered/sealed with that white plastic crap, which will prevent the paint from fully curing, so it must be fully cured before putting on the plastic protector(s) or the paint would get fisheyes from the gases being trapped in the paint.

In conclusion, the day you get an Impreza, you should be ready to wax it.

Also a side note, if a paint job is baked; you should wait about 2 weeks before waxing it. On brand new paint, you can use "glazes" that will add protection until the paint has fully cured. 3m imperial hand glaze is used for that 2 week- to a month period that you cannot use a real wax.

Feel free to ask me anymore questions

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Old 06-08-2005, 01:59 PM   #5
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ASAP! The paint is so cheap, it needs all the protection it can get.
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Old 06-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #6
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when i bought mine i took it home and i gave it a bath and a full detail.
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Old 06-08-2005, 02:13 PM   #7
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That's cool, Thanks for the responses.
I found some lovely Bird crap on it today and it got me to thinking.

Cheers
-Sean
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