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First Coat of Wax?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Palmetto Pete, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. Dec 31, 2009 at 12:49 AM
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    Palmetto Pete

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    Does anybody have any suggestions on when I should apply my first coat of wax on the new truck? I have had it since the end of October and haven't noticed any water-spots or anything yet. When it rains the water seems to still bead up very well also. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Dec 31, 2009 at 12:53 AM
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    ColtsTRD

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    Do it as often as you'd like bud...it won't hurt any thing :)
     
  3. Dec 31, 2009 at 12:55 AM
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    Looks like I have something to do over the weekend! :D
     
  4. Dec 31, 2009 at 1:13 AM
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    cmack

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  5. Dec 31, 2009 at 4:37 AM
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    I would do it right away. Only time you shouldnt wax right away is if something is freshly painted.

    So I would.

    Wash (car wash not dish soap)

    Clay bar (removes any bonded contaminants from shipping.)

    wash again

    apply a polish (Like meguiars #7)

    Wax (like meguiars nxt 2.0)

    Then I would maintain it with a quick detailer.
     
  6. Dec 31, 2009 at 12:16 PM
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    Ramphonic - Thanks for the tips. Looks like I have a busy weekend ahead of me! :D
     
  7. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:08 AM
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    Amen. Factory paint is baked and there's no need to wait!
     
  8. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    Rocketball

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    If the factory can put that damn plastic protective sheeting on the paint right off the assembly line I would think putting on a coat of wax is not a problem.

    The only time that you need to wait to wax is right after having some paint work done. My local body shop told me to wait 30 days after getting some damage fixed to allow the solvents in the paint to evaporate and let paint to fully cure.
     
  9. Jan 1, 2010 at 7:56 AM
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    chris4x4

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    If you dont like to spend alot of time waxing, check out the CSI wax Polishandwax sells. Its good stuff.
     
  10. Jan 1, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    In most cases, that is correct. However, some body shops bake (typically higher-end shops), accelerating the outgassing of solvents and eliminating the need to wait.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    i cant wait for the weather to warm up to do the first coat of wax.... cmon spring dammit!
    good luck!
     
  12. Jan 10, 2010 at 5:22 PM
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    X2!
     
  13. Jan 10, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    If it's too cold out do what I do, take it to a drive through car wash and wax it when you get back home. I did that yesterday along with shampoo my carpet and seats
     
  14. Jan 10, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    believe me i would, but my garage isnt heated.... its one step up from a shack, LOL
     
  15. Jan 10, 2010 at 7:18 PM
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    Wax it asap. The faster protection the better.
     
  16. Jan 10, 2010 at 7:26 PM
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    If it's above freezing, you should wax it.
     
  17. Jan 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM
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  18. Jan 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    just put my first coat of wax on it today in 30+ degrees.
    it needed to be done... ahhhhh, exhilerating! :)
     
  19. Jan 22, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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    Agreed. They bake panels from the factory at higher temps than those at body shops b/c they typically dont have other factors to consider (ie: melting rubber/plastic). Factor that w/ time a vehicle is in transit and on the lot, and you have nothing to worry about. go ahead and wax whenever you'd like :)
     
  20. Feb 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM
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    i work as a detailer and i like mequires professional wax, i thinkt it is #20 ( hi tech yellow wax), most dealerships use a thin layer of sealer wax which works for a while. personally i try to wax it once a month. (never wax in direct sun light, best in shaded area)
     
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