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What is the best way to protect new paint

My car has just been repainted with Glasurit, silver base and three coats of clear. After a very thorough cut and polish it is shiny like glass. What should I do next? Clay bar to remove any remaining polishing residue and minor surface imperfections? I have a mothers clay bar kit, will that do the trick? Is the next step to give it a good waxing? I'm thinking of doing the clean and wax before reassembly so that the paint is protected even under the seals. Is that a good idea? Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Old 07-04-2011, 01:00 PM
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why would you want to clay a car with a new finish ???? thats not what a clay bar is for ! if its shiny like glass ? but you still have minor imperfections ? so would you not want to sand and buff the imperfections out ? if your happy with the finish and your just need to clean it to do your assembly then just use a quick spray detail on it . waxing a finish before you put the car to gether is point less .
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Thanks for the info. I'll save the waxing for after assembly then. So the question now is what kind of wax would be best to protect the paint after I have it all back together?
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after the paint cures you can use a good carnauba wax . you can tell when the paint is cured by pushing your finger nail into it . if it leaves a finger nail mark then the finish is not cured yet . don't use a carnauba wax on a cars finish that has NOT cured yet . you can use a spray type detail wax . the reason is its hard for the vapors to breathe thru a carnauba type wax . this at times MAY leave a haze on the finish that only machine glaze will remove . a repaint goes thru 3 steps the 1st is flash . thats when you can touch the finish but its tacky . 2nd would be dry . thats when you can touch the finish and it no longer feals tacky but its still soft were it will leave a mark or dig if you are to ruff with the finish . then 3rd there is cure this is the time you should do your color sanding and buffing along with starting to put the car back together . if your car was not baked in a spray booth then you should wate a week or so to start working on the car . if you try to color sand and buff a car that is still only dry the finish may after a day or two lose some of its shine from when you 1st buffed it . also some times parts like body milding and bolt on things like that will put a mark in the finish . you may not see the mark at 1st but after some time ( maybe a day or 2 ) you will start to see it as the part keeps sitting in the panel . CLAY BARING after some time ( a year or so) you will run your hand over the finish . if it no longer feals smooth like glass then you can claybar , hand glaze and wax the finish .

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Thank you! That is great information.

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