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#1 (permalink) Old 03-09-2005, 11:44 AM
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I was just wondering, how often should I wax my car?

My car is about 2 months old, and it still looks brand new, but I was wondering when and how long should i wait before I wax it?

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Being a little anal, I wax my vehicles about once every 4-6 weeks. You could get by though doing it every 7-9 weeks. A good polymer sealant could also be good for you. My 325 is a Titanium Silver and I use the Poorboys EX-P sealant on it and I noticed it works great. I can usually go a little closer to 2 months depending on the weather using the sealant.

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Being a little anal, I wax my vehicles about once every 4-6 weeks. You could get by though doing it every 7-9 weeks. A good polymer sealant could also be good for you. My 325 is a Titanium Silver and I use the Poorboys EX-P sealant on it and I noticed it works great. I can usually go a little closer to 2 months depending on the weather using the sealant.
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Im with Math....4-6 week intervals if you use a carnauba, 10-12 weeks if using a good polymer sealant.....

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month to 2 months wax, then spray wax every wash

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when i wax, i put on about 3-5 coats of just wax!! so it last a while... i put on 7 coats for the winter.. in a month i will strip whatevers left, and put on some new wax!! AHHHH CAN"T WAIT!

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when i wax, i put on about 3-5 coats of just wax!! so it last a while... i put on 7 coats for the winter.. in a month i will strip whatevers left, and put on some new wax!! AHHHH CAN"T WAIT!
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That is a freaking waste of time. Maybe double and triple up with polymer sealents but a topping a carnuba with a carnuba is pointless.

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Originally posted by MaThGr82+Mar 11 2005, 05:57 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(MaThGr82 @ Mar 11 2005, 05:57 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Cruzin 323is@Mar 10 2005, 06:13 PM
when i wax, i put on about 3-5 coats of just wax!! so it last a while... i put on 7 coats for the winter.. in a month i will strip whatevers left, and put on some new wax!! AHHHH CAN"T WAIT!
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That is a freaking waste of time. Maybe double and triple up with polymer sealents but a topping a carnuba with a carnuba is pointless.
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I use Carnuba wax on my car every 2-3 weeks, I like that mirror finish Although I guess it's a little excessive. I was feeling lazy today and I took my car to a carwash, and I saw a guy clean my rims with a rag, and then take it to the door panels <_<
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I use Carnuba wax on my car every 2-3 weeks, I like that mirror finish Although I guess it's a little excessive. I was feeling lazy today and I took my car to a carwash, and I saw a guy clean my rims with a rag, and then take it to the door panels <_<
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Hope you complained about that. I would've had a cow. I plan on waxing mine every month. mine is garaged and i don't like to bring her out if there is a hint of rain. I use 3 coats of wax but they are different. If needed i use a carnauba cleaner wax, then a clear coat protectorant followed by a non-abrasive Carnauba wax. After a wash i will quick detail wax and then quick carnauba wax. I always keep a bottle of quick detail spray in the trunk in case of Bird crap or sprinkler attacks etc. in between washes or if i get some dust on the car i will use poorboy's waterless wash and then re-detail and quick wax her again. That way she always looks her best. I am a bit obsessive of her though LOL.

Yeah i wouldn't have paid for that wash job if they pulled that on mine. unless it was a charity thing but then wouldv'e rewashed it LOL.

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Mine got a double polymer wax for winter, but I haven't been able to rewax it since- too cold for the wax to be workable. However, in warmer weather (9 months of the year), it gets rewaxed with a good carnauba every few months. Clay, wax, buff, be happy.

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Jrf786 You should put a wax like Klasse down first and then have a carnauba on top of it that way you get the extended protection from Klasse with the wet gloss look from the Carnauba.

As for the orginal post even though the vehicle is only two months old to you it's paint may have been exposed to contamination for many months. I would recomend a through wash and cleaning and then apply a coat of polish/wax/sealant each. This will ensure that your new car stays looking new and in good condition. Good luck to you and let us know how it works out for you!

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There's a guy in LA that has a contract with one of the major studios to detail the cars of celebrities and execs. I read an interview he did in Car & Driver a few years ago and although he never got into how often a car should be waxed he did say for a show quality shine do this:

- First coat applied horizontally - then buffed to a shine
- Second coat applied vertically - then buffed to a shine
- Third coat applied diagnolly (sp?) - then buffed to a shine

At one point he was the personal detailer for Jerry Seinfeld so I take it the guy knows what he's talking about. I tried it once with the Cavalier and it takes forever but the shine was amazing! It really does make a difference and any little imperfections in the paint will no longer be visible.

The 325 will get the 3-coat treatment soon. Still not sure what type of wax I'll be using, though.

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