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When's the best time to wax your car?

 
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When's the best time to wax your car?
When's the best time to wax your car?

Right before summer to protect against the scorching heat, bugs and dust?

Or right before winter to protect the paint from the rain & snow?

I hate waxing, and haven't since the car was new in 2015. And I'm too cheap to pay a detail shop $250.
(BTW, I'm in Oregon, they use sand, not salt on the roads in winter)
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
Clearcoat paint doesn't require waxing
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both
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Probably both, but since you said they don't use salt on the roads, I would opt for summer. The sun has been bleaching a lot of things, at least here in the south. It seems like the paint either gets bleached out or bubbles up and peels right off.
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I have waxed


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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
On the 23rd

any other date won't produce an acceptable outcome
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Err, how about both? Use a quality product like Meguiar's, no cheap shit.
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AFTER you wash it, NOT before!
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
$250 to wax?

How big is your rig?
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Err, how about both? Use a quality product like Meguiar's, no cheap shit.
 Quoting: Shiva ascendant


Thanks all.
I use "Zymol" on the Harley. Bikes are no problem, as all you gotta wax is the tank, fenders and oil/battery covers.

Cars and trucks are a pain in the ass. This one's paint & clearcoat is still good. But it rained today, didn't bead, and figured it was time.

Maybe if it's not raining next weekend. If my daughter sees me waxing my car, she's gonna pull right next to mine and want hers done too. Uh oh.
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$250 to wax?

How big is your rig?
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Tiny. It's a 2015 Chevy Spark. $250 was for the works. But I don't need it washed, vacuumed, nor the tires dressed
They wanted $350 for my 4 door Dodge truck.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
Err, how about both? Use a quality product like Meguiar's, no cheap shit.
 Quoting: Shiva ascendant


Thanks all.
I use "Zymol" on the Harley. Bikes are no problem, as all you gotta wax is the tank, fenders and oil/battery covers.

Cars and trucks are a pain in the ass. This one's paint & clearcoat is still good. But it rained today, didn't bead, and figured it was time.

Maybe if it's not raining next weekend. If my daughter sees me waxing my car, she's gonna pull right next to mine and want hers done too. Uh oh.
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teach her wax on wax off, then have the kid do both cars
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
NOW!

Before the snow flies.

You don't want the wax to seal in the road-salt.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
Clearcoat paint doesn't require waxing
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True story. My best friend is a chemist with PPG paints, automotive division. He says waxing clearcloat paints is a total waste of time.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
I suggest spend some time searching the net as lots of Synthetic polish on the market now that will out perform old school wax.

I have never found a wax that will last at most a few moths if the car lives outside.

At a minimum I would polish both spring and fall. New high tech polish is much easer than the old school stuff from years back and if you apply it often or before the car needs it... its almost wipe on wipe off.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
The best time is when you are training for the All Valley Karate Championships with Mr. Miyagi.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
April, July, October.

If an unusually warm day comes during the winter maybe then too.

Always wax in the cool of the morning or evening. Not in the sun. If the vehicle is warm the wax will dry too fast and look streaky.
Cool overcast day is good, too.
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Don't know i drop car off for full works while I shop.

Maybe read wax bottle
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
the morning someone is coming over to buy it
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
While it's parked
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
After you paint the fence, before the sand the floor.

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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
Hand wash, clay bar, polish, then wax...

Cramps the hands up but my 9yr old ram 1500 still has a new glass like finish.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
At night and with minimal lighting.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
When you're not tired.
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I just paid my truck off (YAY me) so I decided to do some major detail, I've always used Meguires after washing but this time noticed it needed a little more in a few spots so I bought some colored wax and WOW took those swirly spots right out (one of them pretty bad where I accidently hit it with chrome polish oops) Anyway, now that the truck is 4 I plan to wax twice a year, meguires other times
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All I use is Nu Finish on the cars. I detail my motorcycle with Pledge. Clearcoat will deteriorate and start to peel eventually if it isn't protected.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
When's the best time to wax your car?

Right before summer to protect against the scorching heat, bugs and dust?

Or right before winter to protect the paint from the rain & snow?

I hate waxing, and haven't since the car was new in 2015. And I'm too cheap to pay a detail shop $250.
(BTW, I'm in Oregon, they use sand, not salt on the roads in winter)
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Try waxing it right after you wash, rinse and dry it.
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
Oh, I guess around noon....
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
When's the best time to wax your car?

Right before summer to protect against the scorching heat, bugs and dust?

Or right before winter to protect the paint from the rain & snow?

I hate waxing, and haven't since the car was new in 2015. And I'm too cheap to pay a detail shop $250.
(BTW, I'm in Oregon, they use sand, not salt on the roads in winter)
 Quoting: Sikhed


like the others said


I'm over 45

i remember waxing once a month or the hood would look like crap by year two

i haven't waxed my car in 6 years

nobody does, and they all look good

thank advances in clear coat and polymer paint

also blame those same things for 80% of cars being black or white or silver, since they're now half plastic the plastic companies don't do consistent colors like red, yelloww or blue very well
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Re: When's the best time to wax your car?
Hand wash, clay bar, polish, then wax...

Cramps the hands up but my 9yr old ram 1500 still has a new glass like finish.
 Quoting: Maddrummerboy


this guys not wrong either

depends if you want it to look like new or not

i just didn't want it to look like crap, it now doesn't without waxing, but it doesn't look new either


80% of you should be happy without waxing, if you want showroom you need to wax





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