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Old 01-13-2020, 11:30 AM
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Wrangler body parts painted 2 mos ago.. Still too soon to wash?

Large tree branches fell on my JK and damaged my hood and fender during a wind storm back In October. It was repaired late November. I was told not to wash for 3 mos, but my JK is covered in road salt. Should I still wait another month or can I possibly hand wash it with a mild, wax-free soap? Many websites say its ok to wash after a couple weeks; others say 3 mos. I figured the Wrangler paint may require a specific wait time that someone here may know.

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I'd much rather wash it prematurely then have salt eat away at your new clear coat...
Just use a proper soap and hand wash gently. I'd stay clear of automated car washes and even high pressure wand wash until it is fully cured tho. Just my 2 cents.
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Large tree branches fell on my JK and damaged my hood and fender during a wind storm back In October. It was repaired late November. I was told not to wash for 3 mos, but my JK is covered in road salt. Should I still wait another month or can I possibly hand wash it with a mild, wax-free soap? Many websites say its ok to wash after a couple weeks; others say 3 mos. I figured the Wrangler paint may require a specific wait time that someone here may know.
What kind of paint did the shop use?
I owned a body shop for 20 years. We used different brands of paint through the years and whatever brand we used was top of the line for that particular brand.
We always washed the customer's cars prior to delivery. That means the customer's car was washed at least once before he ever saw it. I can't imagine a body shop that uses quality paint telling a customer not to wash a repaired vehicle for three months.

Are you sure the person didn't tell you to not WAX the fresh paint for three months?
I wouldn't rely on what the internet says. I'd call the shop and ask if they truly meant to not wash the jeep for three months.

Let us know what you discover.

Good Luck, L.M.
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Old 01-14-2020, 07:46 AM
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What kind of paint did the shop use?
I owned a body shop for 20 years. We used different brands of paint through the years and whatever brand we used was top of the line for that particular brand.
We always washed the customer's cars prior to delivery. That means the customer's car was washed at least once before he ever saw it. I can't imagine a body shop that uses quality paint telling a customer not to wash a repaired vehicle for three months.

Are you sure the person didn't tell you to not WAX the fresh paint for three months?
I wouldn't rely on what the internet says. I'd call the shop and ask if they truly meant to not wash the jeep for three months.

Let us know what you discover.

Good Luck, L.M.

The shop is one of the most reputable in the area. I don't know which paint exactly but can only assume they use high quality paint. It looks like factory and matches existing paint perfectly. They did wash it for me before I picked it up, actually did an interior detail too! Looked great when I picked it up.


We talked about not washing it for the 3 mos and definitely not waxing it so the new paint can breath and cure. I'll play it safe and just call them to see if it's ok to wash now. I would only hand wash anyway and I can use my leaf blower to dry instead of a chamois. My Jeep won't ever see an automatic wash as long as I own it. lol


Thanks for the info and I'll keep you posted!
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What kind of paint did the shop use?
I owned a body shop for 20 years. We used different brands of paint through the years and whatever brand we used was top of the line for that particular brand.
We always washed the customer's cars prior to delivery. That means the customer's car was washed at least once before he ever saw it. I can't imagine a body shop that uses quality paint telling a customer not to wash a repaired vehicle for three months.

Are you sure the person didn't tell you to not WAX the fresh paint for three months?
I wouldn't rely on what the internet says. I'd call the shop and ask if they truly meant to not wash the jeep for three months.

Let us know what you discover.

Good Luck, L.M.

Contacted the body shop. He said no wax for 3 mos, where I originally thought he said no wash. So it's good to wash now! I can get that salt and mud off finally.
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