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PakaloloHonda
12-03-2004, 08:06 PM
How long should I wait before first wash? What kinds of *products* are there available
for *fresh paint jobs? Anything special? What about *car wash* places? I really never thouht too highly
of a stream of air and water *blasting* any paint job ..
Soap? No soap? I've heard many different and conflicting opinions Hot water vs cold ..?

Hints? Suggestions? Tips? Products? Brands?

I'm curious, because just before my paint is done ...I'ma ask my painter what he says ...
Just wanna see what the *experianced* cb7tuner member has to say .. anyone out there in the Business? :)

Mahalo
Tomi

Blk EX Coupe
12-04-2004, 10:34 AM
Car wash places aren't that great. But it also depends on which one you go to and what they use. Everyone has their personal opinion on whats best. Check out Autopia.org

PRIMOCB7
12-04-2004, 11:08 AM
let the paint cure for about 2 weeks after you get it out from the body shop, before taking it to a car wash or even waxing it. i wouldn't recommend a regular car wash. try to find a reputable hand car wash, its worth the extra money..unless you wash the car yourself.

rebels
12-04-2004, 11:27 AM
Power washing at those spray car washes is NOT GOOD FOR ANY PAINT.. it forces water into pockets that are between the bumpers and such and stays in there. You will think you have all the water out, but it will just cause rust in the future.

Also, when you wax a car.. if you don't get all the wax off.. like the wax that gets stuck between the door handle and the body.. that can form rust too if you don't get that out.

Always hand wash the car, and use a polish to keep the paint fresh and clean. My body man hardly ever waxes his car, and he's had it painted for 6 years and it's still good as new.

If you are to wax it, wait at least 3 months. My car was just pained, but I'm not even going to drive it for a while because it takes about 30-50 days for the paint to harden completely. Thats why you get rock chips so easily right when you get the car back.

So, I'd just use a polish to keep the clear coat clean and shiny, and only hand wash it at your house with a bucket of warm water and good car wash soap.

PakaloloHonda
12-04-2004, 04:02 PM
Hey thanks guys ...

Yeah, I always knew that those *car washes* sucked .. but I did take mine to one before taking it to the shop..
lol ... it was as if I was fighting a fire or something .. geeeeez, thas alotta power, it couldn't be *too* good
for any paint, whether it was new or not ..

Whats the best *polish*? .. Anyone recommend one over the other? It's been awhile since I
had a car painted .. technology has taken leaps and bounds I'm sure ...

Thanks again
Tomi

rebels
12-04-2004, 04:40 PM
Meguiar's Deep Crystal Polish is a really good polish to keep the paint looking fresh and clean.

http://store1.yimg.com/I/hectors876_1820_70272521

http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_list.cfm?store=meg&line=auto&catagory=1&subcatagory=3

As for the soap and stuff, I always used the Gold Class car wash soap and shampoo.. not expensive at all either.

http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/images/product_g71.gif

PakaloloHonda
12-04-2004, 04:51 PM
woah .. kewl ..
I even got pictures .. thanks Adam !!! :)

I'll be sure to *save* this info for when I get ready ..
I want my car back already !! lol

A Hui Hou !!!
Tomi

uncle_el
06-27-2005, 12:58 AM
Hey thanks guys ...

Yeah, I always knew that those *car washes* sucked .. but I did take mine to one before taking it to the shop..
lol ... it was as if I was fighting a fire or something .. geeeeez, thas alotta power, it couldn't be *too* good
for any paint, whether it was new or not ..

Whats the best *polish*? .. Anyone recommend one over the other? It's been awhile since I
had a car painted .. technology has taken leaps and bounds I'm sure ...

Thanks again
Tomi

been quite awhile since this post, but i guess information can always be used by others.

i just started using a lot of poorboy's products, and have been very satisfied with the results. for a polish, i've been using poorboy's professional polish- can be used in the sun or shade, and works great on windows as well (literally no need for windex on the car).

i get mine right here (http://www.superiordetailsupplies.com/index.php?page=poorboy)