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How long before waxing

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tune10, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Feb 8, 2008 at 4:23 AM
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    tune10

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    :DHello Everybody!
    New to the world of Taco's, I just picked up my 08 DC Sport. My question is how long should I wait before waxing? I have heard 30 days or right away. I use Dura-Shine and love the stuff because it doesn't leave water spots. I'm sure this topic has been covered in the past, but like I said new to the Taco World.
     
  2. Feb 8, 2008 at 4:26 AM
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    danusa

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    I have no intention to wax.
     
  3. Feb 8, 2008 at 4:49 AM
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    Would you mind explaining why? Just curious.
    I haven't done it yet, but was thinking I probably should.
     
  4. Feb 8, 2008 at 4:52 AM
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    Sure; it won`t make any difference. Why waste the time?
     
  5. Feb 8, 2008 at 7:27 AM
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    I'd wax it. Dealer probably just used some shine spray. Waxing does make a difference. My previous truck's paint looked perfect after 6 yrs of abuse. I do mine 3-4 times a year, actually did mine last night (wish a I took a pic) cause it went right back into the snow, salt, and sand of NY winter roads today.
    An hour and a couple beers... its worth it if you plan on keeping your truck a long time.

    Dont forget the blocking skills you'll pefect in the process Daniel-san.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2008 at 7:32 AM
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    I dont intend on ever waxing my truck. its way too much of a pain in the ass. My truck gets washed every 2 or 3 months but thats it. i dont have the time or patience to spend all day making my truck sparkle. However, i will get it detailed a every so often and have someone else wax it. I'm just not gonna take the time
     
  7. Feb 8, 2008 at 7:37 AM
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    You can probably do it anytime.

    I mean - from the time the truck actually got painted till the time it actually got on the lot and sold to you, is probably plenty of time for the paint to cure.

    Besides - when you buy the truck, the dealerships never tell you anything about waiting...

    I was rear-ended back in August and the entire passenger side bed had to be clear coated (over top the paint repair). They told me to wait 3 months before putting ANY chemicals on it (including soap).

    We've been using Zaino on our vehicles. Great stuff.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2008 at 8:40 AM
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    danusa

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    The weather can wash it. Forget wax.
    It will outlast me.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2008 at 9:18 AM
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    Aside from washing my truck every other week, I am in the same boat. Some one else can wax it for me. I will just keep the bird poop and mud off of it. Well, I may let the mud stay a while...
     
  10. Feb 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM
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    mine is dingy as hell from the last (and only) snow we had about a month ago. i need to wash it soon
     
  11. Feb 8, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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    I just go down to one of those spray and wash places. I spray on the wax. Not sure if it does any good outside of a day but it makes me feel like I really did something useful. Otherwise, I just buff out problem spots where my dog had his paws haging over the bed.
     
  12. Feb 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM
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    I waited three weeks then washed, polished and waxed it.

    Got the paint treatment but when I rubbed my hand over it, it was still a little rough and I could hear the particulates.

    I clay bar'd it and it's glass smooth. Then I used Mequired polish. It states on the bottle that it "offers no protection". Just a shine enhancer.

    Final coat was going to be Klasse, but I'm still waiting for it to arrive.

    In the meantime, used Meguier's NXT and am very happy with the result. water beads, sap just rubs off and it's glass smoot and protected from UV.

    Will do same in one month. But this time cover with Klasse AIO then glaze sealer.

    I fugure 12 washings a year is not too much work and the wax makes it easier to wash. Takes maybe 3 hours total.
     
  13. Feb 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM
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    I plan on keeping this truck waxed up and nice too. Ain't nuttin wrong with waxin or polishin.

    I've gone through my stages of vehicles. My first tacoma we bought used(96) and I never waxed/polished it. It went offroading often and got streaked up anyway. Then, the jeep came along....hell, it's still got dirt on the wheels from last MAY. And now....this tacoma is my pride and joy. It's something I wanna keep shiny and looking new forever. :thumbsup:
     
  14. Feb 8, 2008 at 2:41 PM
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    I applied the first wax within the first month of ownership.

    Water restrictions prevent me from washing mine as much as I'd like. As for the waxing, my wife does a good job :D. Unfortunately she's only 5' so I still have to reach the middle of the hood :(. I'm working on a way for her to reach there too!!

    Seriously though, wax is an essential longevity tool to keep the finish looking at it's best longer. And I want my Taco to keep looking good. That's my baby.

    Nobody would want their wife to have a rough finish and look as if rode hard, why would you want to be seen in your Taco in such a shape :eek:
     
  15. Feb 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM
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    Wax it until your hearts content. I do mine 3-4 times a year, looks great and makes me feel good about it, it's your investment, take care of it.
     
  16. Feb 8, 2008 at 6:21 PM
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    Do it. Waxing is easy if you use the right products and tools. I wash just about every weekend and I wax every 3 months and I use all Meguiar's products (NXT comes off easier than any wax I've ever used).
     
  17. Feb 8, 2008 at 7:11 PM
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    I agree with Janster. I remember when I hit, err... I mean a deer hit me in my 97. The body shop said the same thing. Actually the paint takes even longer to cure, but the clear coat only takes ~3 months. If you wanted to get all scientific and crap, you could look at the built date on the driver’s door. This will tell you exactly what day it rolled off the line.
     
  18. Feb 8, 2008 at 8:27 PM
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    Your truck has been baked from the factory. Hit it with the Mothers or Meguiars ASAP in my opinion.
     
  19. Feb 8, 2008 at 8:37 PM
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  20. Feb 9, 2008 at 8:05 PM
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    i just did mine last weekend after having the truck for a little over 3 weeks. i used menzernz products from http://www.properautocare.com/and it turned out great. i have used them in the past and always been happy with the results. get a buffer; it will make it go a lot faster. also make sure you clay bar the truck first. you will be suprised at the difference it makes.
     
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