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Old 06-02-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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2006 Impreza WRX STI
World Rally Blue

Default Don't wax a car that is less than 6 months old?

My friend told me not to wax my brand new STI until it's at least 6 months past it's build date from the factory because you have to let the paint and clear coat time to bond and cure...... 6 months? That can't be right.

I was planning on washing and waxing my new STI tonight, but now i'm not sure. Is it okay to wax my STI?

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Old 06-02-2006, 07:54 PM   #2
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2002 Wrx
Aspen White


Don't hesitate, just do it. In less-modern times people would wait months for the paint to cure before polishing and waxing. Now, by the time you take home your vehicle you should be able to give it the attention it needs.
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Old 06-02-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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When I have had a car re-painted they say give it a month before you do any real cleaning to it, no pressure washing, no wax, no harsh chemicals etc, etc. Your paint should be roughly 3 months old when you receive your car, so there is no problem.
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Old 06-02-2006, 07:59 PM   #4
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The paint has been cured and baked in at the factory, you can wax it right out of the showroom, which I should have done...

It's when you get a paint job at any other place that you have to wait 3 months or so to wax the car, since they don't use a big factory applying painting process, so the paint has to take time to cure.
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:39 AM   #5
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2003 WRX sedan
pearl blue


agree with the above statements.

go ahead and wax. just after you get it painted from a shop, is when you should wait a little. but i think 6 months is excessive. ive had multiple things painted and was only told to not touch it for a week to a month at max.
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:46 AM   #6
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2005 STi


Keep in mind, also, that your paint has probably been on the car for 3-4 months already. The VIN plate on the inside of your door should give a build month/year. Your vehicle may even have been built in 2005.

Def. give her a good treatment right off. I'd even suggest doing a clay bar then at least two coats of good wax. I started off using Meguires NXT. It looks nice, but lasts about a week. I then switched to Zaino. WOW, the car looks as good as the NXT when new...after a week. You should see it when she's fresh!

If money is tight, a good claybar and a couple coats of NXT should do well.
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