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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted July 08, 2016 - 08:51 PM

I had a truck painted once and was told to wait 30 days before washing and waxing. Is this still true?



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Posted July 08, 2016 - 09:12 PM

I'd wait 6 months but that's just me. 

 

Been 25+ years since I was painting cars for a livin'.  Lots of changes since then.


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Posted July 08, 2016 - 09:19 PM

But, But, But, The show is in 3 Months! I guess I'll wash and wax just before the Show. Thanks!



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Posted July 09, 2016 - 04:32 AM

I'd give it a light buff job and hold off the wax for the show.  Buffing gives very nearly the same result - just shorter term benefit.

 

Use "polishing" compound, not "buffing" compound. 


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Posted July 09, 2016 - 07:33 AM

If this is a show vehicle and your asking when/how to wash/wax?   Better go back to where you had it painted and let them do what needs to be done.  If they screw it up, it's their fault.  If you do it it's your fault.


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Posted July 09, 2016 - 07:34 AM

All depends on the paint used


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Posted July 09, 2016 - 08:06 AM

All depends on the paint used

Bingo! When I was in the body shop business, the base/clear was just becoming the norm, we still had a lot of acrylic enamel, some synthetic enamel and even still some acrylic lacquer. Lacquer was the only one that could be waxed right away without effecting the long term hold out.


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Posted July 09, 2016 - 09:41 AM

Bingo! When I was in the body shop business, the base/clear was just becoming the norm, we still had a lot of acrylic enamel, some synthetic enamel and even still some acrylic lacquer. Lacquer was the only one that could be waxed right away without effecting the long term hold out.

Premium Spray can Rust preventative enamel was used. I'll wait till before the show to wax.



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Posted July 09, 2016 - 11:32 AM

I would just use a spray wax. It will give you a good shine and won't require rubbing. With spray paint I would let it sit for at least  6 months to harden as much as it can before waxing. 


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Posted July 09, 2016 - 01:06 PM

Thanks, this is the wax I bought, was wondering when to use it. Looks like just before the event. I'll wash the storage dust off a couple days before and use this. Should be ok. 

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Posted July 09, 2016 - 01:25 PM

Spray on and wipe off


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