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Old 06-19-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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Fresh paint-How long to wait....

Hi Everyone,

I just got my car back from the body shop (hood, front bumper painted) last Friday and it was painted on Wednesday before I got it. The body shop did a buff on it prior to be picking it up and I can still see some swirls in the paint.

I have a 7424XP and have experience with M105/M205 and was wondering if I can safe to perform the standard M105/205 treatment on this fresh paint or do I have to wait a certain period of time for it to harden ?

I really don't want to screw this up...

Thanks for any advice !
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Re: Fresh paint-How long to wait....

Nope you are good to go. Usually a day to compound or polish. 3-4 weeks wait to wax or glaze.
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Nope you are good to go. Usually a day to compound or polish. 3-4 weeks wait to wax or glaze.
Hear 90 days too you gotta give the paint time to completely cure


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Re: Fresh paint-How long to wait....

Both of the below articles explain all you need to know about a new paint job and buffing...

Don't wax your car for at least 30 days!

Fresh Paint - But you can touch it...



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Old 06-19-2012, 01:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for everyones help. I suppose the safest approach would be M205 with a white pad first and go to M105 if necessary ?
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Thanks for everyones help. I suppose the safest approach would be M205 with a white pad first and go to M105 if necessary ?
Yes.

Just like working on cured paint do a test spot first and make sure you're getting the results you want, hope for and dream about before buffing out the entire car or even a panel.

Fresh paint is soft and sometimes M205 can micro-mar softer paints when used with a DA style tool.

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DO NOT CHEMICALLY STRIP FRESH PAINT


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Thanks Mike. The whole car has been M105/M205'd except for these newly painted panels.
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Thanks Mike. The whole car has been M105/M205'd except for these newly painted panels.

Then just do a test spot on one of the newly painted panels and inspect with good light. If you want to strip to inspect, carefully wash with something like Dawn dishwashing soap as it's a detergent wash.

Or wait to fully inspect after 30 days.

My point was to inspect after machine polishing fresh paint with ANY product/pad/tool combination before buffing out the rest of the car or in your case the newly painted panels.

My other point was don't introduce solvent to fresh paint.


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Re: Fresh paint-How long to wait....

I heard or read somewhere that Optimum spray wax can be used on fresh paint, can anybody here confirm if this true to their claim? Thanks!
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