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Old 09-12-2002, 06:04 AM   #1
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Question When to wax a new car ( I searched)

Hello all,

New owner of a 2003 Sonic Yellow WRX sedan ... have had it about 8 days now and it has been off of the truck for 2 weeks .. I am wondering when to wax the new ride. Is there such a thing as too new to wax? I have never owned a new car and have always heard mumblings of such things .. but sorta dismissed them as old wives tales ... so any information is appreciated ... the earlier the better so I can outline my day off this week to include the full on 4 stage wax session which just happens to be tomorrow (actually today )

Thanks in advance

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Old 09-12-2002, 06:07 AM   #2
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its ok to wax it right away.

paint from the factory is baked for a long period of time to where it is fully cured.

when getting it painted by a shop, many dont even have an oven to partially bake the paint and speed up the curing process. even these require some time to cure because they simply dont have the time to completely bake it.
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:10 AM   #3
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I'm no professional but I think the purpose behind waxing is to buff/polish small scratches in the clear coat. So if the car is brand new and you wax the hell out've it you prolly wont notice any difference. Just wash it and dry it off with a shammy and it should look great - thats one of the great things about having a new car
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Old 09-12-2002, 08:28 AM   #4
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spray some water on the hood. if the water beads up immediately, then you got plenty of wax. if it doesn't, wash thorougly with car wash detergent, wipe clean, then wax.

after a while you will notice some rough residue baked on your finish even after you wash your car. then use a claybar to take the roughness off, then wax.
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Old 09-12-2002, 08:34 AM   #5
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You can wax it right away. When I picked up my car, there was still residue from the protective sheeting which comes on the cars when they get shipped - I went over the car with a cleaner wax, then a regular wax - looks great!
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Old 09-12-2002, 08:58 AM   #6
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Clay and wax ASAP to get any contaminents from shipping off, and to get a fresh coat of wax on.
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Old 09-12-2002, 09:06 AM   #7
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I asked one of the guys from Meguiars this exact question and he said that it CANT hurt to wait a couple of months for the paint to fully cure THEN polish/wax the car. Contrary to popular belief, waxing is primarily to give a protective cover of the new coat of POLISH u put on the car.

The biggest window tinting company here in Aust, is probably Sol Ace and after getting my WR Blue car tinted, he said, give the car 2 days b4 using the using...BUT, the tint prob would take abt 2 to 3 weeks for it to fully cure/dry etc etc. Imagine when we're talking abt car paint....so I waited 2 months b4 I polished/waxed. It was frustrating but well worth the wait to be SURE.
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:12 PM   #8
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You can wax (or use a polymer sealant, my preference) immediately; OEM paint finishes are fully cured at the factory, and can be sealed as soon as you care to do the work. A claying beforehand couldn't hurt . . . cars are shipped by rail and truck, and pick up rail and brake dust, as well as other "industrial fallout" that the clay will remove.

Surf on over to Autopia for gobs of info on caring for your paint . . .

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Old 09-12-2002, 12:44 PM   #9
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You can absolutely wax it now. Removing surface contaminants from shipping is not a bad idea at all, but a clay bar might not be essential, even a good yet mild "cleaner" wax should work okay on new paint.
btw... the wax that dealers use to prep the car before you pick it up is usually pretty useless. It's typically cheap stuff designed to shine the car but it will not last long at all.
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Old 09-12-2002, 03:34 PM   #10
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I waxed (Meguires) mine after one week. It's gotten Meguires Quick Detailer about every weekend since. I'll wax again in December. The surface is unbelievably smooth and the water just jumps off the car!
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