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JL330 05-31-2012 09:59 AM

Brand new car, when to wax?
Bought the car 2 days ago with 11 miles on it. It has over 100 now but it's still obviously new. How soon do I need to get a coat of wax on there and should I clay/polish/wax or just put a protective wax on it? The paint is as smooth as glass and I want to keep it that way, my other cars don't have paint this nice and I work hard on them.

lyonsroar 05-31-2012 10:07 AM

You need to clay it, and then probably a mild polish, then seal and wax.

JL330 05-31-2012 10:11 AM

I'll do it this weekend. It should go pretty quick, the last car I did it to was a Taurus and before that was a mustang. This one should be no problem.

DEREKC 05-31-2012 05:18 PM

Yes, detail it right away as the new paint is cured before the car leaves the plant. Using clay on its own is fine, but using Iron-X before the clay will help remove the metal contamination that you don't see but is there! Check it out.

RonMaiden 05-31-2012 06:55 PM

Just finished claying and waxing our April built '12 and I couldn't believe the difference and a lot of crap came off the paint and removed all traces of water spots. We have 500 miles on it.

JL330 05-31-2012 07:09 PM

Mine is may built and it's silver. I've never found a combination of products that could give me the shine I want out of silver but I keep buying silver cars. This is a different paint code than my others so I'm hoping I can get a good look out of it. I will invest in some new detailing supplies though.

DrkKnight614 05-31-2012 07:15 PM

Posted via FF Mobile As soon as possible. Idk about the foci or other cars for that matter, but my parents just got a 2012 Sonata. Theyve only had it for 3 weeks, but after waxing my car I felt up the Sonata, lol, and my hand didnt glide like it had good wax on it. Do new cars even come with wax like we put on?

lyonsroar 05-31-2012 07:34 PM

No. At worst new cars come with whatever the dealer applies. At best they are completely bare and ready for us!

JL330 05-31-2012 07:44 PM

What kind of polish/sealant should I use for my silver car. I was looking at the poorboys stuff but after shipping, it ends up costing a lot and I'm close to broke until I get paid from my new job starting Monday.

Anything I can use from autozone? Or should I just hold off and use some easy cleaner wax and clay it an do it right when I have the money?

Mile30 05-31-2012 07:58 PM


Originally Posted by lyonsroar (Post 4193219)
No. At worst new cars come with whatever the dealer applies. At best they are completely bare and ready for us!

The one I work at has some Auto Solutions product they apply if you buy their "protection package"; it's a cleaner wax... it looks like a sealer though. They'll also use spray wax if they color is difficult.

Some dealerships I've secret-shopped charge in upwards of $700-900 for "Sealant" that doesn't necessarily get applied after they roll the new ones off the trucks. Another insight: most cars delivered in the upper 48 get sent on trains... the rail-dust is hard to see. The trucks also end up getting stuff everywhere depending on which end of the vehicle was facing the front.

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