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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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New bike. Too soon to wax paint?

Just got a 2013 Thruxton, in Brooklands Green.

Is it too soon to wax the bodywork paint? I've heard years ago that, with new cars you were supposed to wait for the paint to fully harden before you waxed it. Is that still true today with modern paint/clearcoat?

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Wax? What is this wax.......? I've been using Lemon Pledge for years. Want to get fancy? SC-1 is a silicon spray product that does the job easily.
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When I got my bike painted, they told me to wait several months, as the chemicals were coming out of the paint as it cured. If I covered it in wax, I'd trap those in and it would make the clear coat dull and yellowish. I waited three months.
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My opinion is simple: Keep away from silicone-based sprays and household polishes! That said, modern automotive paints are such that you can wax your bike as and when you like. In any case, the bike was manufactured some time ago and has been on the high seas and in various bonded warehouses for sometime

My advice is to protect your bike's paintwork by using high-end automotive products such as Meguiar's Car Care products. Here is their website:

In particular, even though it is expensive here in South Africa, I use Meguir's GOLD CLASS™ CARNAUBA PLUS LIQUID WAX. After all, my bike deserves the best!!!

Just my two-cents worth!

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I've had loads of new bikes. They all got waxed as soon as I got them home. I favour Crystal-Glo acrylic polish, and big yellow dusters. Get waxing!
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Itr doesnt take long for the paint to harden. They didn't paint it the day before you picked it up. Look at your production date on the neck and if its more than 30 days ago you are good to go.
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+1 on Meguiars. Solid product, easy to use.

Best part of waxing a bike? Small surface area allows you to do 2 coats before your even bored.
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If you ever have to repaint something that had silicone on it, you'll understand why you don't want to put it on your bike (or car). Assuming your bike was painted more than 30 days ago, I'd wash it with water and Dawn detergent, then apply a paint sealant, then wax. If its been ridden or sat somewhere where it got dirty, I'd clay bar it before applying the paint sealant.

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My advice: I wouldn't be too overly concerned about the cleanliness of your bike. Just ride. Keep the chain clean and call it a day.

But if you must, a waterless cleaner (can't remember the something off amazon.) Or a spray wax like from turtle wax will do the trick

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