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Just took delivery of my 2019 Crosstrek Limited (quartz blue pearl) last Monday. Does it need waxing right away? Is it already waxed? What do you all think of the ceramic paint protection that dealers sell? Is that in lieu of waxing?
 

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Took delivery a couple of months ago and washed it off and waxed it just to get off to a good start. Dealer probably just washed it off during dealer prep.
 

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Modern paints never "need" waxing, as they are non-porous. The old lacquers and enamels were porous, so waxing was critical. However, wax or another protective coating certainly doesn't hurt anything and can help keep it looking better longer.
 

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I went with this advice from someone who posted that was a painter at a body shop:

“Someone mentioned putting a good wax on the car when you get it. This is kind of a touchy area. Your not supposed to apply wax over fresh paint for 6 months after application. This allows the solvents from the painting process to fully escape from the finish, allowing the paint to properly cure and harden. If you apply the wax to soon, it locks the solvents in the paint and prevents the paint from curing properly and can lead to paint problems. Everything from chipping easy, scratching easy, delamming (pealing) etc. when you get your new car, look on the tag in the door jamb. It has a manufacture date for your car which is written as a month then year (ex 01/16). Wait till 6 months after this to wax it. You can use a polish on it up to that point. Polish is mush different then wax. Same applies if you get bodywork done on your car, wait till 6 months after the repairs are made to wax and panels that were painted. “

What I did notice on both of our cars (new) when parked in an enclosed space that their was a strange smell. After reading his post, it made sense that the smell was the paint. I did wait for the period of time. During that time the smell eventually went away for both vehicles.
 

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So I decided on the following:


Step 1) Thorough wash, top to bottom.
Step 2) Clay bar (I found some paint swirling in at least one area).
Step 3) Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wax (initial "dry" process).
Step 4) Repeat (but with the "regular" wet application).
Step 5) Tire shine (trying to decide if I like that or not)
Step 5) Have a drink (probably a large glass of water...I'm funny that way).

Thank you all for the comments, I do appreciate it.
 

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I usually wax just before and after winter. I like the way the water beads and the waxing cleans the surface.
 

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I took delivery and maybe two days later had it in a shop for ceramic coating, plus PPF on the entire front clip, plus mirrors and lower door panels.
Couldn’t be happier.
Money well spent, imho.


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I took delivery and maybe two days later had it in a shop for ceramic coating, plus PPF on the entire front clip, plus mirrors and lower door panels.
Couldn’t be happier.
Money well spent, imho.


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completely agree that ceramic coat is the way.
Just got my 2020 crosstrek and that the first thing i did. After a desert run i simply hose it down and try it. no fancy soap or brushing and i get that wax shine.
 

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No. Clear coated paints do not need waxing, unless you want to do it. If it makes you feel good doing it, do it!!! I haven't wax a car in over 15 years. I do wash them weekly and they still look brand new.
 
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