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Old 11-10-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Wax new paint?

My 330Ci has been out of body shop (WagonWork in Alexandria, CA) for about a month. Has the new paint cured enough to wax?
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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Ask the painter, it absolutely depends on what they say. New cars don't need a cure time since they are baked at a high temp at the factory.

You can also use silicone free / straight sealants to wax it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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They usually say 3 months. I'd err on the side of caution and wax in the spring.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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I had my driver side door and quarter-panel painted a while back and the body shop dude (who I absolutely trust) told me that I could wax it whenever I wanted. Definitely depends on the painter and what they use so I'd ask em.. Good luck
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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Wait at least 30 days.

Although Meguiar's makes some type of body shop wax/sealant that still allows the new paint to breath. You could check that out.

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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They usually say 3 months. I'd err on the side of caution and wax in the spring.
This. Do not wash the freshly painted area for 3 months with anything but cold water, and absolutely don't wax or seal it. Also make sure to get any dirty ASAP.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:28 AM   #7
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"How soon can you wax paint?" - http://www.autopia.org/forum/autopia...wax-paint.html

I hope the information in this article is of some help to you. If you have any further questions please let me know
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:22 AM   #8
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How long was it in wagonworks?

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Newly painted area not required the wax. if you want to wax then you will wait at least 3 to 4 moths.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:18 AM   #10
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Ask the painter, you should be able to wash and wax the car now without any problems.

Length of time from several days to several weeks, all depends on the type of paint and the curing process. Most modern paints cure significantly faster than the older paints.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:55 PM   #11
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You should certainly be able to after 30 days.

If the paint is still not fully cured, the painter mixed the clear incorrectly and didn't use enough hardener, or it wasn't baked after it was painted.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:08 PM   #12
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I work in a bodyshop. Wax away. There shouldnt be any problems after a week the paint will be solid as a rock if it was painted correctly.
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