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    First wax or Sealing...When?

    Picked up my Oxford white ST3 2 weeks ago and just yesterday gave it its first wash. The thing is gleaming like it did in the showroom. I'm not really sure what is really involved when a dealership preps a car or actually how long ago the car was waxed or sealed. Is it worth doing a good wax or seal now or would I just be better off waiting a couple of months?

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    My Race Red ST3 is 3 weeks old. I just sealed and "waxed" it. I want the maximum protection before the Seagulls find me.

    And it sparkles way more than the factory "wax" did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traprock View Post
    Picked up my Oxford white ST3 2 weeks ago and just yesterday gave it its first wash. The thing is gleaming like it did in the showroom. I'm not really sure what is really involved when a dealership preps a car or actually how long ago the car was waxed or sealed. Is it worth doing a good wax or seal now or would I just be better off waiting a couple of months?
    Unless you plan on never driving it, keeping it indoors and covered I would seal/wax it now!


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    Thanks. I'll do it next weekend (weather permitting). Tomorrow if I somehow get the time, but unlikely.

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    I'm sure the dealership doesn't put a high quality wax on their cars, I don't blame them, doesn't make sense from a money standpoint to do so. I would wash the car with Dawn dishsoap to get rid of the cheap stuff, hand dry it, and put on a good quality sealant. Some of the forum favorites are Zaino, Guru, Optimum, Klasse, and System One. There are several threads about this on here.

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    Don't use dish soap on a car - you'll dry out the finish.

    I would clay it, then put a sealant on it as soon as possible. I wasn't expecting much out of claying the car since it only had about 1-2k on the clock, but there was loads of junk in the paint even that new. Personally I'm a fan of Meguiar's - I use their NXT wax (which is actually a sealant, apparently) and it holds up forever.

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    Do you guys seal, polish, wax, or skip the polish? Also if you use a swirl remover when do you use that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
    Do you guys seal, polish, wax, or skip the polish? Also if you use a swirl remover when do you use that?
    I skipped the polish as it didn't need it - if there are swirls I'll polish, but it cuts into the clear coat so I just do it as necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewster View Post
    Don't use dish soap on a car - you'll dry out the finish.

    I would clay it, then put a sealant on it as soon as possible. I wasn't expecting much out of claying the car since it only had about 1-2k on the clock, but there was loads of junk in the paint even that new. Personally I'm a fan of Meguiar's - I use their NXT wax (which is actually a sealant, apparently) and it holds up forever.
    Wtf. Dry out the finish? What kind of statement is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiSTify View Post
    Wtf. Dry out the finish? What kind of statement is that?

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    That's what I've been told - doesn't look like there's conclusive evidence, but the only articles I can see that recommend dish soap... are from dish soap companies.

    I'd rather just use a neutral car wash soap than risk it.. that's just me.

 

 
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