How long to leave new paint before wax - Vin {P}
Got the Jag back yesterday after my prang the other week.

Apart from a drill scratch (about 18" long) on the trim, a misfitting and scratched window, an intermittent electric window fault, something smeared across the instruments and a sticking rear door, all is well.

It's obviously going back to have those faults fettled, but in the meantime, I'm dreaming of the time when I get to polish the (perfect) paintwork. How long does one leave it these days? I generally use the high gloss polish (the wipe on rather than rub on stuff) from Autoglym.

Any views?

V
How long to leave new paint before wax - bell boy
a week in this weather will suffice
longer in summer
How long to leave new paint before wax - Vin {P}
That's exactly the opposite of what I'd have expected!

V
How long to leave new paint before wax - Hamsafar
They are likely to have already polished it anyway, they usually buff with cutting compounds polishes, and then a wax or silicone.
They tell me you can do this within hours with modern paints.
How long to leave new paint before wax - Navara Van man
I would wax asap.
How long to leave new paint before wax - alapppy
Most cars have been arounfdfor a while and are waxed prior to handover so go ahead use something really mild and good like carlac

alan
How long to leave new paint before wax - Victorbox
"and then a wax or silicone"

With respect, I don't think a bodyshop will have silcone within a mile of the place.
How long to leave new paint before wax - Kevin
Paint technology has probably improved alot in 20 years but in '87 I was told by a pre-delivery guy at AFN in Reading that I shouldn't polish the car for at least 6 months. The reason was that it took a while for the paintwork to fully harden and petroleum based waxes could discolour the topcoat. Frequent washing with a good quality shampoo to get rid of road grime was all that was needed.

Kevin...

PS. What mileage are you getting from the Jag?
How long to leave new paint before wax - Vin {P}
It's a 2.5 and the computer says I'm doing 29mpg. I'll cross reference that sometime. It does 40mpg on my morning commute of 40 miles up the M3, which I consider to be none too shabby. 21 or so around town.

V
 

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