This is a discussion on Brand New WRX - should I wax her? within the Detailing Forum forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by Driver72 Wow, what dealer did you buy from that didn't wax and detail that car up nicely ...
Sorry for the disgression...I get carried away when talking about economics. In short, get wax on your car after you buy it whether it is a "free" detail service or DIY.
There are plenty of examples showing the handy work from hacks working at dealers and/or high volume, low quality shops on the various detailing forums.
My car came squeaky clean and waxed from the lot. I did wax it within a week though. I've gotten into the habit of waxing the front end whenever I wash it. Nervous about the paint.
Overall, I'm happy with how they handled it. There are only two tiny spots left on the roof, which isn't noticeable by anyone but me. It's all good now--with numerous coats of wax tree sap, bird droppings, etc just fall off the car.
All of the previous posters are correct, it needs to be waxed. Being that it was on a boat, train, on the lot, etc also warrants clay bar treatment prior to waxing. You can't see them, but more than likely the contaminants are there from raildust and fallout. You don't want to just wax it and seal all that in. OEM paint has been baked anyway so waxing will not hurt your clear coat. 40% of the details I do are brand new cars that the dealer managed to put defects in. Check it under halogen lighting also to make sure you don't need to at least use a finishing polish before waxing and/or sealing.
The Subaru dealer that I go to offers to wash/wax the car if I leave it after an oil change. I drop it off at lunch time and pick it up after work. Looks brand new when I pick it up, they also touched up a few paint chips for free and it looks amazing!
It was raining when I picked mine up so I asked that they leave it alone and I'd take care of the details.
first clear day I washed by hand with a new mit and waxed the hell out of it.. two coats. Obsidian black is damn sexy when its clean.. when I bought the car I had no Idea it wasn't solid black.
I also had no Idea it came from the factory with swirl marks
Last edited by mangostick; 02-27-2010 at 02:17 PM.
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Personally I go home and wash my car with blue dawn (yes blue dawn dish soap and yes.. only blue..
I clay bar the car
paint seal the car
2 coats of synthetic wax
2 coats of carnuba
I actually do more than that.. But thats the easy one..
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What wax does everyone like to use? I just got a 2010 thats black and I need to keep it healthy and swirl mark free.
The real question is, what characteristics/qualities are you looking for in a sealant/wax? I can provide a few recommendations based on that.
Yes, all that is true. I am, however, still curious what WAX everyone prefers. I know there are many steps, I just wonder what others like best at this particular step.
But now that you mention it, you could probably let me know what you think would be good for cleaning the surface after I wash it. Usually I use claybar, but maybe there is more I should do.
Last edited by zalewski22; 02-27-2010 at 08:24 PM.
FK1000p, Collinite 845, Optimum Opti-Seal, Zaino Z-5/Z-2/Z-AIO, P21s carnauba, Klasse AIO.... These are just a few I have tried and liked (some more than others) and still have in my arsenal. Which one I prefer or would recommend really depend on the situation though since they all have their own unique qualities. If you want a relatively cheap, durable and easy to use OTC product, I might say to go with something like Collinte 845. ....or 476s/915 if you want an arguably better look and even more durability but are also willing to devote a little more time (they can be finicky during application/removal). I might also recommend using something like Duragloss Aquawax after washing to help maintain the finish and give it a little boost. ....it is also available OTC.
How often you need to do these steps (claying, polishing, etc.) will depend on your particular situation. ....weather/environmental conditions, where you park the car, road conditions, washing techniques/tools/products, wax/sealant used, etc. What you need or choose to use will depend on the condition of the finish and what you are trying to accomplish. I'm sorry I am sounding so vague but I don't subscribe to the idea that everyone should do X, Y, Z every X months, weeks, etc. It really depends on the individual. However, having a better understanding of what these products do will give you a much better idea of when or if you really need to use them.
Check the articles here:
Auto Detailing Facts, auto detailing Tips, How to detailing Guides, how to polish, how to wax, DIY detailing, do it yourself guides
....and/or the videos here:
Autogeek's Show Car Garage
Don't get hung up on the particular products/tools they recommend. Concentrate more on what they do and the techniques.
Having said all that, what do you mean "after washing the car"? Every time you wash the car? Clay is generally meant to be used periodically to remove surface contaminants that don't come off during your normal wash routine. The problem with using it frequently is that it will typically remove whatever LSP - last step product (wax, sealant) along with it (requiring you to re-apply). .....there are milder clays available though that are much gentler on LSP's and can be used more frequently on lighter contaminants.
So no one Zainos?
I always within the first week or two (depending on time and weather) claybar and do a full Zaino treatment. Then I only go in and claybar and re-apply one treatment of Zaino (Z5 and Z2) once a year.
My cars have come out better than ever doing it this way. My Trans Am hasn't had Zaino put on it in almost 2 years and it still beads with "bigger" water droplets than most do with waxing...so its still on there. Though this year I think I'll get both the TA and the WRX Zainoed well so they are on the same schedule.
Zaino is a pain the first time you do it, but so easy afterwards.