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Old 03-08-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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Is there a paint curing time frame before waxing?

My new 2013 Rubicon is Black and I have always used Turtle wax and will also use it on this one.
My question is since my Rubicon is only 3 days under my ownership, but was manufactured Feb 2013, is there a curing time for the paint, before it is safe to apply the wax?

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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At one time in my work carrier, I was a painter of custom hot Rods. Yes, there is a curing time for paint, where it definitely needs to breath. If you don't give it the opportunity to cure, then your paint will not harden properly and start to flack of and leave you with only the primer. I would wait a minimum of six (6) months before applying and protective polish or wax to the paint surface. In fact Chrysler recommends waiting at least one year!

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My only experience with this was last summer. I had some damage to my hood and had it fixed and repainted. After I picked it up they told me to wait 2 months until I waxed it.
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Waxing a new car's paint is different from waxing a car's new paint. If you just had part of your vehicle re-painted, then yes you should wait however long the body shop tells you...usually 2-4 months anymore...depending on how they cured the paint. Twenty years ago, you needed to wait before waxing a new car. However, it is my understanding that the paint on today's new cars can be waxed or polished immediately. Regardless, I usually wait 2-3 months before polishing mine.

Everyone has their favorite polish. I've used NuFinish paste ever since it was rated #1 by Consumer Reports several years ago. Six months after polishing, water beads up almost as well as it did the day I polished it. My '03 Rubicon looked new when I sold it a few months ago.

I haven't heard or read that Chrysler recommends waiting a year. There is nothing in the 655-page Owner's Manual about waiting at all.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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Provided that it was painted with any modern clear coat you should wait at least 30 days. Avoid any wax or polish that contains silicone for at least 3 months.
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2-3 months. Anser this for me never painted a jeep how much paint is needed?
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:46 AM   #8
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There have been advancements in paint technology.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #9
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New vehicles don't necessarily translate into new paint. From the time a vehicle is painted at the factory to the time it actually gets to a showroom or lot can be at least 30 to 60 days. Then figure another 30 to 90 days before it is sold.

Waxing a recently painted surface with wax that contains silicone will produce fish eyes in the clearcoat.

Paint Defects Solution Guide, Fish Eyes | DuPont Performance Coatings
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #10
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baking the paint vs standard curing is also a factor..

I say wax on but avoid the polish for a while.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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New car paint is baked on at the factory and is ALREADY fully cured. You only need to wait, as others have stated, if you have body work done. I asked the same thing on a car detailing forum I hang out on that is full of pro detailers that work with this stuff for a living and had multiple people tell me I was fine to wax as soon as I got my Jeep in Jan. 2012 (and it was built IN Jan 2012).
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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Hey everybody, thanks for all of the comments!
We are getting hit with a nasty storm here in Arizona, but once it moves through, then my Black baby will be washed a waxed. I just purchased a new can of Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell. I understand that everybody has their own favorite polish/wax that they have had good luck with. Mine Is Turtle wax.I just checked on the can to make sure that it doesn't have any silicon in it and it doesn't. So the Rubi will get it's first wax job sometime within this week.
I'm glad to see that Chrysler has improved on the paint flow and gloss, still some orange peel, but much improved over my past CJ5 and TJ X model.

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