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pilotsailing
12-31-2010, 02:19 PM
Is a wax needed on a base\clearcoat paint ? If so, how long should a person wait after a new paint job to apply it ? What are the best types of waxes for durability, shine, protection ?:steering:

Len
12-31-2010, 05:42 PM
Is a wax needed on a base\clearcoat paint ? If so, how long should a person wait after a new paint job to apply it ? What are the best types of waxes for durability, shine, protection ?:steering:

The length of time before sealing the paint under wax or whatever will depend on several factors like temperature, type of paint, application, etc. etc.

In warm weather using high solids paint you can probably wax it in a couple of days but for paint that contains more solvent you should wait as long as three months.

pilotsailing
12-31-2010, 06:16 PM
is there any benefit to using wax, does the clear really need it for protection ? what is the difference between a wax and a glaze ? I've heard that solvents can still becoming out of the paint even after a year. Looking for the best shine .

Len
12-31-2010, 08:00 PM
is there any benefit to using wax, does the clear really need it for protection ? what is the difference between a wax and a glaze ? I've heard that solvents can still becoming out of the paint even after a year. Looking for the best shine .

The benefit to wax or other sealants (depending on the products used) is increased protection against UV, acid rain and other environmental hazards. If it's a show car that is kept warm and dry indoors you don't need wax but for a car that sees the outdoors to any extent it usually pays to add a layer of protection.

A good carnuba will usually help protect the paint against most environmental injuries.

TOGWT
01-03-2011, 04:59 AM
It really all comes down to the ‘look’ you want for your vehicle. For depth of shine, chroma (colour) and jetting (the so-called wet-look; then choose Carnauba wax. For a ‘mirror-like’ shine, high gloss and durability a polymer sealant would be your choice. Proper detailing relies on the correct preparation procedures and the correct methodology to obtain pristine results. Methodology and technique constitute 95%; the reasoning behind the choice of quality products is to eliminate any limiting factors, thus enabling you to place emphasis on technique used.

The application of a specific ‘fresh paint safe’ water-based or polymer type product, Zaino Polishes (exclude the use of either Z1 or ZFX™) Optimum Car Wax is water-based and is safe on fresh paint, or use Presta Fast it’s a liquefied paste wax manufactured with premium, natural and synthetic ingredients. This unique wax can be applied over 24-hour old clear coat and single-stage finishes without risk of die back, because it creates a breathable film that permits solvents to cross the wax film. Allow an ‘initial gas off’ (evaporate) /cure aerobic process of 7 days before application