Hey all- When is it safe to wax a new car for the first time? I have heard everything from right away to 3 months to 6 months and etc. I know that new paint needs time to properly cure and don't want to mess up my Patriot's finish! Mine has a build of Dec. '07, so I'm at around 3.5 months now. Thanks for the help!
Go to autozone and ask for there BEST wax, its in the back so the guy will have to get it for you. Its what they use on RVs, Planes, Spaceships, million dollar boats....awesome againt the element. Its in a clear tube with red writing on it, almost looks like grease.
'07 Compass -> I apologize to the next owner.
I'm a fan of Turtle Wax Liquid Ice, it can be applied in the sun, on the plastic, and you do the whole car at once. It really looks good! I'll upload pics sometime of mine after I did it. It IS alright to post Caliber pics is it not?
Quality isn't great for the pictures I know, its from a 2MP camera on my phone...
Its like a (silly censor)roach, the Wrangler - you can't kill it And now there's a four door. Joy.
The best wax, in my opinion is a pure Carnuba. A non-cleaner wax. If your paint is scratch free do this. Otherwise, buff the scratches out with a normal wax first.
Start by washing the car with soap detergent. They say never do this. That's because it takes the wax off, but that's the idea here. Get all the old wax off the paint (if any is left). With pure carnuba you WANT the car to be in the sun. The carnuba will become very soft. Apply it with your fingers, it will turn liquidly from the heat of your hand and just rub it like you would hand lotion on sun tan lotion on a significant other. Do a little at a time, a fender say first. Once it's all applied take a terry cloth tower and in circular motions buff it off. When you went over the entire fender take a fresh terry cloth towel and this one will get the final buffing done. Do this over the whole car. If you have a dark paint you may want to try a swirl remover after that to remove any little swirl marks that may appear from buffing. After doing this, you're car will look like better than new. I do this with my car once in the spring and then a quick wax in the fall for winter protection.
While I haven't done my wife's Compass yet, here is my car's paint after 9+ years of doing this method. The car was never garaged but mostly parked on the street: