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Old 06-13-2007, 10:08 PM
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When to wash/wax new paint job

Hi All,
Well I finally get my TB back next week. It was wrecked 2 weeks ago, all front end damage. They are replacing everything in front, hood, fenders, entire front end. They are repainting from the front doors forward. (summet white)

So, when I get this back, I will have fresh paint on the front, and original paint on the back and top.

How long do I have to wait before washing and waxing?

There was no mechanical damage other than external parts, and the repair job is warrantied for as long as I own her, so I am going to keep it for a while yet. Can't really afford to trade it now anyway. But I want to make it mine again by taking care of it like I always did, but I don't want to mess anything up.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:43 PM
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You should be able to wash the vehicle, as long as you don't do any hard scrubbing, and obviously if paint is dripping. I would probably wait about a week or two to wash though.

Waxing, you should probably wait at least a month, possibly 2 to allow the paint to fully cure and get rid of any vapors when the paint cures.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:47 PM
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Waxing, you should probably wait at least a month, possibly 2 to allow the paint to fully cure and get rid of any vapors when the paint cures.
Does that hold true if the body shop baked it?
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:03 PM
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Depends on how long they "baked" your vehicle. If they do like they do at the factory, you shouldn't have a problem. If they just do the bare minimum, just to get the paint dry enough to apply the clear coat, then the paint still needs to out gas. I'm by no means an expert in paint, but its just what I have heard along the way.

I just had a deja vu feeling. Didn't you have a similar question months ago ?
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There are chemicals in the paint that need to fully evaporate. Even though the paint is "dry" you still shouldn't wax it for a while. Even if they bake it, it was just enough to dry the paint, and by no means will it be "cured" totally right when you get it back.
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my body shop guy said at least a month before waxing fresh paint.
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Old 06-14-2007, 02:28 PM
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The paint on the back half of the vehicle will probably be blended. So it too will be fresh. You can wash it as soon as you get it back, but do not wax her for about 1 month. Now, if you live where its 90 everyday and sunny all the time you can do it in 3 weeks.
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Personally, I would wait at least a month, if not 2. Just wash with a mild car wash soap and keep it clean for the first month and it will last a good long time. I followed this advice when I had some body work done after someone keyed my 95 Monte Carlo a month or so after I got it and the repair job lasted over 10 years with no cracking, fading, or anything...

Just sharing my experience...
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So it sounds like the general concensis is, being how this is already the middle of June, to just keep her clean thru the summer, and then give a good detail/wax/seal in the fall to get ready for the winter months.

This repair shop is pretty good from what I have heard, so I believe it will be a quality repair. All OEM parts.

http://www.riverdalebodyshop.com/Locations_RBS04.shtml

For those that haven't seen, here is the damage.

http://s186.photobucket.com/albums/x...t=PICT0772.jpg

http://s186.photobucket.com/albums/x...t=PICT0770.jpg


Thanks everyone for the advise.
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I was told once when I had the bumper replaced on my 02 TB and it was painted black to only wash it with dish soap (Dawn, etc) for the first two months.
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