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Old 11-05-2004, 09:01 AM   #1
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Do you need to wax a new car?

I got my new Focus last month, and I'm wondering if I need to wax it before winter, or if it has wax or what?

What's the deal? Winter here in NH gets harsh.



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Old 11-05-2004, 09:20 AM   #2
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not gonna hurt, if ya feel lazy buy the "wax as you dry" stuff and jus wash it.

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Old 11-05-2004, 09:22 AM   #3
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It will be best to put wax on it. Use claybar to get all the dirt off, then wax. Their is no wax on the cars, they just wash them and thats all.
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Wax on, Wax off.
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Old 11-05-2004, 10:10 AM   #5
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Thanks, I think I'll have to wax it then.

Is it sufficient to go to a do it yourself carwash and use the spray on wax thing after washing it?
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Uhhh... couple points. One, you're never supposed to wax a new paint job. Waxing new paint seals it, which prevents the paint from fully curing. *BUT* point two is, your car probably sat around for plenty of time after being painted and before being sold to you AND of course it was baked on at the factory as opposed to say getting a repaint at a body shop that didn't have a bake booth. It's probably safe to wax it at this point. Spray on wax is not going to be much use to you, especially living in a place with harsh winters. You want a good solid coat of wax on there if you want to protect your paint from the elements for any length of time, and the spray on wax will wear off about as quickly as you sprayed it on (okay that's an exaggeration but you get the idea).
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Old 11-05-2004, 10:26 AM   #7
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Thanks SVT4ME. That's the answer I was looking for.

So if my car was manufactured in May, it should be OK to wax.

Can you reccommend a brand of wax, or is it not a huge deal. I currently have some armor all brand that works pretty good.
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Old 11-05-2004, 10:35 AM   #8
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If it was made in May then you're most surely okay for waxing. Long timers here know that I like Einszett waxes and polish. In fact I need to get around to buying some more myself, I'm all out. Einszett is a synthetic and is made in Germany, it's available from a fellow forum member at:

http://www.waynestowels.com

It is VERY good stuff, much better in terms of results and ease of application than what you can go down and buy at the local auto parts store. It also lasts significantly longer than carnauba-based waxes, which is good for winter time when you don't want to be out freezing your butt off rewaxing the car. If you want to stick with cheaper stuff, I have had good success with Meguiar's products, although Wayne (of waynestowels.com) doesn't care for Meg's much.
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Uhhh... couple points. One, you're never supposed to wax a new paint job. Waxing new paint seals it, which prevents the paint from fully curing.
That's what i've always been told as well. Actually a car really doesn't need to be waxed for about a year after owning it. Maybe after 6 months if it has to go through harsh weather such as what you were mentioning. What everyone doesn't understand, the car comes from the delear with the nice shiny fresh clearcoat on it. Granted it may not have any wax on it, as someone mentioned, but clearcoat itself has it's own protection in it and will last for atleast a year and on some cars even 2yrs. Mine is 2yrs old this month, and have only waxed it once. I did it right around the year mark, and it really didn't even need it then. I will probably wax it here again soon just as a precaution. As long as it beads up when it rains, then your doing good. That means you have a nice protection on your paint when it beads. I even on average detail my car every other week, and sometimes if possible once a week, which would normally be considered a beating on a paint job, but it seems to be holding up well. I do use a very good soap, it's Zip Wax Car Wash Soap made by Turtle Wax.
I do side detail jobs from time to time for extra money, and I have always received compliments on how much more shiny their vehicle is after I detail it. There is something about that soap, but it's very good and that's what I have used since i've been driving. Everyone has different opinions, and this is my two cents and just my know how from detailing cars for the past 12 years.
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slvrfocus03- I dont know where you got your info but way off on waxing after a year.

As an experianced autobody painter I can tell you this. Your clearcoat does not have a mircal protection added to it. In fact all it does is make it shine and that is what your protectiong, the clearcoat. When i paint a vechicle we always recomend putting 2 coats of wax about a week after being painted. That is plenty of time for the paint to cure fully. Letting a paint job go for sooo long with out protecting will cause you alot of damage. Then washing it once a week with out that protections is even worse.

Car wash spray on wax will not help you at all, spray on quick wax will provide protection for a week mabey2 if your surface is already have a feww good coats on it. Take the time to wash, claybar your vehicle, then put on at least 2 coats of a good wax. I use the Glanz sold by www.waynestowels.com. It is probly the best stuff I have ever used. Please take the time to take car of your paint now befor it becomes a problem later on. Spending a little now is better than spending $1000 to $2500 for a new paint job later on.

If you have anymore questions about detailing or careing for paint ask it. And trust expersts like wayne and mad wax. they've been in the busness of making paint look good and last.
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