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Old 04-25-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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To wax or not to wax?

I just received a new Owner's Manual for my '94 YJ and was surprised to see that "low gloss factory finish paints" should never be waxed! This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Does anyone have any input on this?

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What is your color? If it is a gloss such as my gloss white, there is nothing to worry about. If it is a flat or matte color such as flat black off the assembly line, no you should not wax it.

My guess is that yours is probably a high gloss and not a low gloss... Post up a picture for us, or look on the drivers door tag and see if there is a paint code. Punch the paintcode into Google and it should tell you if it is a high gloss or low gloss paint color.

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Wax is only good if you have a thick (or multiple) clear coat, which would give you the gloss/high gloss finish. Otherwise, when you apply the wax, you'll probably see your applicator turning the color of your vehicle..
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Eventually my jeep will be low gloss....as rust appears the touch-up will make the jeep look camouflaged and it will be flat no gloss paint.
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They mean the low gloss finishes like your bumpers and hard top. Using normal consumer waxes, those finishes will turn a white color. There were no matte body paint colors in the YJ series.

Waxes or sealants provide a sacrificial layer of protection from mother nature.
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At the age of my '92, paint adds protection and a sacrificial layer too. It is all relative to what you are able to put up with driving around. A young man who worked at the camp I was running had a yj that he painted with a brush. He had that thing out in the woods all the time.....I rescued him once during camp at 11:00 at night way out on a logging trail in camp. Any time he scratched it he just got his paint brush out and used some of the leftover paint to fix it up. From a distance, you couldn't tell it was brushed. Like I said, it is whatever you can put up with. I've never seen somebody have so much fun in a jeep as that young man. He is now in the service fighting for our country....so proud of him I am.
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Thanks, all. I think "sevenservices" nailed it. The color is red, and I will check the paint code when I get home.
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Yeah, they mentioned about not having any flat colors on a YJ so its got to be gloss as well...

I think that was a good point about all the flat stuff such as mirrors, bumpers, etc... makes sense.
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At the age of my '92, paint adds protection and a sacrificial layer too. It is all relative to what you are able to put up with driving around.
Well, regular waxing can stretch the life of your paint. Neglected paint is toast in about 10 years. Well cared for paint can last 30+.
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Well, regular waxing can stretch the life of your paint. Neglected paint is toast in about 10 years. Well cared for paint can last 30+.
No question about that, however, New England can be rough on a paint job. If it isn't the intense sun in the summer and/or salt water from the ocean and/or salt and sand from the roads in the winter vehicles really take a beating here. My 92 paint is no longer glossy. I'm getting ready to paint bomb it....or at least hit it with some paint with a touch up gun and do some airbrushing on it. There are some areas of concern and they need to be looked after sooner rather than later. I can imagine that there are a lot of vehicles out there with similar problems where sand has etched through the paint and now rust is forming under the paint. Only way to deal with that is some sand paper (or sand blasting) and a new coat of paint.

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