After new paint work on your car, all you want to do is keep it clean, I know! However, there are certain precautions that need to be taken when you wax a newly painted car.

While there is no waiting required for a simple wash, as long as there is no wax product in your regular wash soap. You should refrain from waxing your vehicle for at least 30 days.

Wax a newly painted car


What Does Waxing Your Car Do?

Making your car’s paint look shiny and glossy is one good reason to wax your car, but it’s not the only one. In fact, there are several benefits of keeping a good coat of wax on your car. When done properly, waxing extends the life of the paint and protects the exterior of your car. It also makes it easier to wash your car, as dirt and grime are more likely to stick to unprotected paint than a good coat of wax.


When to Wax a Newly Painted Car

After getting a new paint job on your car, your first instinct may be to apply a good coat of quality wax before anything can happen to the paint. But, in this situation, the old adage about giving the paint time to cure is true. 

The last thing you want to do is wax your car as soon as the new paint dries. If you apply wax too soon, it will interrupt the curing process, which can weaken the paint and make it easier to scratch or damage. Instead, wait 60 to 90 days before waxing.

During this time, park indoors or in the shade and out of the direct sun whenever you can. Avoid parking underneath trees or other types of landscaping that can drop harmful substances in your car. When parking at the market or mall, look for spots that leave ample room on both sides of the car. This will minimize the chances of someone opening their car door into yours.  When the waiting period is over, be sure to wax your car with a non-abrasive wax or polish.


Waxing Your New Auto Body Paint

When it comes time to wax finally your new paint, always use a quality wax approved for automotive paint. Avoid the use of silicone-containing or super polymer containing waxes or polishes. Silicon-based wax penetrates all layers of paint. Today’s finishes do not need such extreme protection. Removal of such waxes is very time-consuming and makes touch ups difficult.

It’s important to keep your paint waxed, as this helps to protect the finish from minor scratches. Most waxes incorporate UV inhibitors also, which helps to protect your paint from the harsh Nevada sun.


Tips to Help Protect Your Car’s Paint

It is always best to park your car in a garage or covered area if possible. Of course, this is not always possible so we have prepared a list of tips as a reminder to help you protect your new paint.

  • Do not leave your vehicle parked under trees that drop sap or berries. As well trees with berries attract birds whose droppings will also ruin your paint finish if not rinsed off quickly
  • Never scrape snow or ice from the surface. The snow scraper will act like a paint scraper on your fresh paint job.
  • If you live in a hot climate or an area with hot summers, try to park your vehicle in the shade whenever possible. Sun can cause fading over time.
  • If you accidentally spill oil, gasoline, antifreeze, windshield solvent or transmission fluid on your car, be sure to rinse it off immediately using water. Try to avoid wiping the area, as it may smear. If you need to wipe it, try to do so as gently as possible.
  • Avoiding gravel roads is always a good idea or driving through shrubbery that can scratch your vehicle. As well, newly laid asphalt can be difficult to remove and if left too long can damage the paint.
  • Touch-up any scratches or chips as soon as it is possible. If left unattended deep chips and scratches can quickly start to rust the metal areas of your vehicle.

Professional Wax for Newly Painted Cars In Las Vegas

If you find yourself in need of wax for your newly painted car, do not just take your vehicle anywhere. Come to Sudden Impact Auto and we will treat you and your car with the care and consideration you deserve and works on your car with the precision it needs. Call us now at 702-457-3002!