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This thing will be dirty the majority of its life and already has a good deal of mud caked to it 1 week into ownership. :D Looking for wash/wax/clay strategy at this point. IE given its not going to be getting washed super often what can I do at this point to give the paint a fighting chance :)

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I clay'd mine just recently for the first time over a year after I bought it. The dealership is suppose to do all that, so I wouldn't for a while.
 

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I did mine as quickly as I could. No need to wait.

And to the above poster who commented about it being dirty most of the time, a good clay and wax will help protect the paint from the acids in the mud and will also make it easier to wash.

And no, the dealer is under no obligation to clay or wax a new vehicle. You should assume it has not been done.
 

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I did mine as quickly as I could. No need to wait.

And to the above poster who commented about it being dirty most of the time, a good clay and wax will help protect the paint from the acids in the mud and will also make it easier to wash.

And no, the dealer is under no obligation to clay or wax a new vehicle. You should assume it has not been done.

So Jeeps are suppose to sit in the lot unprotected? I think it's in their own best interest to do all that.
 

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I sold Toyotas and BMW's and we always waxed and clay barred them. However, most domestic dealers barely wash the vehicles let alone detail them. As soon as my Jeep came home I polished and waxed it!! I believe there is a write up here about detailing a vehicle. It is very good.
 

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Local car wash (very highly respected) is recommending a polymer paint sealant. Its 105 and then 50 every 6 months and comes with a paint guarantee which I'm sure is so subjective no one ever collects on it. Includes wash and and clay if necessary. Seems decent to me...
 

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Since its a jeep and if you are planning on taking it off road i would opticoat it or wolf's harbody. Opticoat is a true permanent coating that is harder then your actual clear coat so it will with stand scratchs/gouges better. Wolfs hard body gives paint incredable depth/shine but is only rated for 2 years and has a semi scatchproof properties. I did opticoat on my jeep because she will see dirt/mud/branches and i never have to worry about waxing :)

join Detailing Bliss Forum - News for your detailing needs, some serious pros over there :) you can also find the products i mentioned here Welcome to Detailer's Domain - The source for all your automotive car care needs.

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So Jeeps are suppose to sit in the lot unprotected? I think it's in their own best interest to do all that.
See below...

Most dealers will wash but never seen one clay bar or wax. I hand waxed mine asap.
my black jeep looked awful from the dealer. had to do a full polish, and then I wrapped the whole thing in xpel wrap.
I was in the same boat. Mine was covered in water spots that wouldn't wash off. I had to clay bar it to clean the surface. It didn't take of tons of "junk", but it did clear up all the water spotting that didn't want to wash off. And then I of course waxed it. I think it worked well:

 

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I took mine to Ziebart and had the "Diamond gloss" applied to my black jeep. It's a paint sealant that is essentially a 2nd clear coat. It's very thick, as I had to chip off some overspray from inside the door that turned white after it dried.

I don't even need to dry the Jeep after washing it if I don't want, the water runs off like i applied Rain X. Each year you have to refresh it, but my Dad's car looks showroom new and it's a 7 year old car.
 

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So Jeeps are suppose to sit in the lot unprotected? I think it's in their own best interest to do all that.
You're kidding right? Dealers are in it for money, they could give a shit about a clayed and waxed car on their lot. Its why paints have UV clear coats etc.
 

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Boney24 said:
I took mine to Ziebart and had the "Diamond gloss" applied to my black jeep. It's a paint sealant that is essentially a 2nd clear coat. It's very thick, as I had to chip off some overspray from inside the door that turned white after it dried.

I don't even need to dry the Jeep after washing it if I don't want, the water runs off like i applied Rain X. Each year you have to refresh it, but my Dad's car looks showroom new and it's a 7 year old car.

How much does that run? And how would I find a service place in my area?
 

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I've religiously clayed and waxed all of my vehicles if for no other reason to make them easier to wash. Recently I've had good luck with Meguiars Ultimate but it does take a final water buff to remove the streaks and swirls.

I haven't clayed the Jeep yet (didn't need it) but I did hit it with Turtle Wax Ice. Super easy to apply and does seem to live up to the claim of making dirt wash off easier. I don't know how well it holds up over time, but it was so easy to apply, you could just about do it every time you wash.
 

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How much does that run? And how would I find a service place in my area?
I don't know if they'd have it in your area. Search Ziebart on google, I guess? I don't think they're big.

$299 for a JKU for the initial, and then $199 for a yearly refresher. This also includes a full detail. I paid $680 for this, sound undercoating, and interior sealing (like scotch guard).
 
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