Any recommendations on wax for new car?

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Old 09-04-08, 03:47 PM
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Any recommendations on wax for new car?

My daughter just brought home her brand new car today and while it's clean and bright it looks like it needs a good application of wax. Any recommendations?
 
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Old 09-04-08, 09:01 PM
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According to many car enthusiast sites that Ive visited, most people will recommend Meguiar's NXT 2.0..

This synthetic wax w/ applicator costs around $15.00 and alot of fans will tell you that its really easy to apply and remove. The best thing about it is you can find it in almost any major convenience store. Pick up a bottle on your routine stop at your local Wally World/ Walmart, you won't be disappointed. Oh yeah, while youre there pick up a pack of microfiber towels. Youll need this to wipe off the wax.
 
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Old 09-05-08, 02:31 AM
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Before using the wax, I would recommend using a clay bar on it; there are several brands and it's carried at parts stores. Not sure if Wally World stocks it or not. Here's some info:

http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-clay-bar.html

If you'ver never used it, try it; it really works.

This is the kit I've been using and I think I got it from Auto Zone:

http://www.autogeek.net/motcalgolcla.html
 
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Thanks for the suggestions.
A neighbor recommended Turtle Wax ICE. I checked their website and it's a synthetic product and they say it can also be used on the plastic and rubber parts and claim it's perfect for brand new cars.

I have used both Meguirs and Mothers products before and know they are good quality.

I do question the need for using the clay bar on our brand new car. The paint appears perfectly clean but just looks like it could have more of a shine.

By the way the car is a sporty little hatchback 2009 Scion xD (not the square body xB.)
 
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Old 09-05-08, 06:26 AM
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Is there any truth to NOT waxing a new car immediately?

Reason that the paint finish has to take time to really harden.
Several months.
 
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Old 09-05-08, 09:51 AM
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Everytime I buy a new car, the dealership tells me NOT to wax it the first year.
 
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Old 09-05-08, 09:58 AM
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I don't know about a year, but probably wouldn't hurt to wait a little while. The clearcoat finish in effect works somehwat as a protectant. And yes, I would clay bar even a new car. You would be amazed at the amount of junk that will remain embedded even after a good wash.

I gave up buying new cars about 20 years ago, so whenever I get a "new" car it's ready for clay-barring and waxing right away.
 
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Old 09-05-08, 05:54 PM
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Shadeladie...I think they just want to be able to give you a low value on your trade-in due to faded paint...lol j/k

A year is too long...I think last time I had to have any bodywork done, the very, very good people there said wait 90 days before waxing. A new car isn't really new...how long did it take to sell, how long was the shipping and delivery? A new car could easily already be 90days old and spent some of that time on ship, trains, and trucks with plastic film on the paint surfaces.
Check the build date with the VIN at the dealer.

And yes, any of the new Nano-waxes (or similar terminology) work great, and in between waxes, use the spray detailer from the same brand. Most can be sprayed on while the car is wet/damp and they really do make a difference (unlike the wax spray at car washes). I see a huge diff in how easy the car is to wash and get bug splatter off, if I use it before a road trip.

PS why aren't there any bodywork pro's on here?
 
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Shadeladie...I think they just want to be able to give you a low value on your trade-in due to faded paint...lol j/k

A year is too long...I think last time I had to have any bodywork done, the very, very good people there said wait 90 days before waxing. A new car isn't really new...how long did it take to sell, how long was the shipping and delivery? A new car could easily already be 90days old and spent some of that time on ship, trains, and trucks with plastic film on the paint surfaces.
Check the build date with the VIN at the dealer.

And yes, any of the new Nano-waxes (or similar terminology) work great, and in between waxes, use the spray detailer from the same brand. Most can be sprayed on while the car is wet/damp and they really do make a difference (unlike the wax spray at car washes). I see a huge diff in how easy the car is to wash and get bug splatter off, if I use it before a road trip.

PS why aren't there any bodywork pro's on here?
Because they won't let us use lead anymore-
 
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