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Old 03-04-2008, 05:36 AM   #1
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Polish after paint job, what is the waiting period?

Hey guys!, unfortunately my car (2003 MX5) has been in an accident about 2 weeks ago, and has had it's front bumper replaced and the left side repainted.
I have a lot of paint particles on my car and I can't wait to clay/polish/paint seal/wax it.

How long do I need to wait between a paint job to the time I can polish?
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Hey guys!, unfortunately my car (2003 MX5) has been in an accident about 2 weeks ago, and has had it's front bumper replaced and the left side repainted.
I have a lot of paint particles on my car and I can't wait to clay/polish/paint seal/wax it.

How long do I need to wait between a paint job to the time I can polish?
i would give it a couple months at least. for now just give it some nice carnuba wax. that should tie you over.
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I usually wait 45-60 days after bodyshop work before using an abrasive polish. I do however immediately protect with a pure carnauba to help with UV protection.
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I was under the impression that you shouldn't add any nauba/sealant to curing paint? The Trailblazer I had was in an accident and they specifically said no LSP for 60 days to let the paint breathe and cure properly.
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I was under the impression that you shouldn't add any nauba/sealant to curing paint? The Trailblazer I had was in an accident and they specifically said no LSP for 60 days to let the paint breathe and cure properly.

I heard the same thing. I was told you need to let paint breath so that all the solvents w/ be gone. 30 days minimum is what a painter told me?
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Yeah, That's what I heard as well. I'll give it 45 days. I think that should be enough...
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I heard the same thing. I was told you need to let paint breath so that all the solvents w/ be gone. 30 days minimum is what a painter told me?
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do not seal for 60 days for most clears, else it may pop! it has to breath..
you can buff it with compound about 2-3 days after a urethane clear coat. I wait a week.
some shops do it next day. ask the shop...
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You should not wax or seal the paint for at least 30 days in hot climates and ideally 90 days, especially if in a colder climate. It's the one time that you will do more bad then good to the paint by putting on an LSP. The paint needs to out-gas or it can start to bubble.
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