Originally Posted by Calliway
Well hold on now....new paint jobs are polished. To get that ultimate shine after you paint, you polish and I do that 24 to 48 hours of the paint being laid down. You should not wax a new paint job because a wax seals the top coat of the paint and doesn't allow the solvents to properly evaprate through the top coat.
You are 100% right though that wax and polish get mixed up and that polish removes scratches.
We're talking about two different procedures. You're talking about a new (fresh)
paint job. (I have no idea how to handle a fresh paint job but I have been detailing cars and bikes for 40+ years.) The paint on a new bike was laid down weeks or even months before it hit the showroom. If there are no scratches or swirl marks on a new bike there is little or no reason to polish it.
For a new car
- that has been sitting on a dealer's lot - I generally clay the car first to remove surface blemishes. Then I check for scratches and swirls with a halogen shop light. If I find scratches I polish to remove the scratches. I finish off with a good carnauba wax. (Zymol Atlantique is what I use on my car. My bikes get P21S.)