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I am having my Spider completely resprayed and having the stone chips filled in.

My question is, what can I get done/ do myself to protect the paintwork? Is there a special wax/sealant type thing I can use?
 

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There are specialist products like 3M Imperial Hand Glaze which can be safely used on fresh paint or as an alternative Optimum Car Wax is also safe. However, I would just ask whoever sprayed the car how long you should wait before applying any wax or sealant.

Once the paint is fully cured then use whatever wax/sealant/coating you fancy
 
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There are specialist products like 3M Imperial Hand Glaze which can be safely used on fresh paint or as an alternative Optimum Car Wax is also safe. However, I would just ask whoever sprayed the car how long you should wait before applying any wax or sealant.

Once the paint is fully cured then use whatever wax/sealant/coating you fancy
Agreed, it can take a while for paint to harden.
 

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So when I pick my car up, should I wait before I apply the wax/sealant? I just want to protect it as soon as possible!
 

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Yes. You have to wait for the paint to harden fully before you put anything on it. The people doing the painting should advise you how long you need to wait.
 

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Yes. You have to wait for the paint to harden fully before you put anything on it. The people doing the painting should advise you how long you need to wait.
Brilliant thanks, but in the meantime will the paint not be affected by driving around? I mean are we talking a day or two or a few weeks?!
 

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Driving for a month or two without any wax will not be a problem. If this worries you then I would suggest buying some Optimum Car Wax (OCW). This is a really nice spray wax which is also jam packed with UV filters and is incredibility easy to use

Optimum Car Wax
 

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If it's not your daily driver then leave it for as long as possible. This weather and stones flying around won't help it. You should get a front end film applied to protect your respray investment.
 

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If it's not your daily driver then leave it for as long as possible. This weather and stones flying around won't help it. You should get a front end film applied to protect your respray investment.
It is my daily driver I'm afraid! I'll see what the paintman says, but I'm obviously keen to protect it asap!
 

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Ive heard of this is it expensive?
The Diamondbrite stuff is fine, the kits can be bought on ebay for about £15-20 and the performance is similar to most other sealants. You can buy coatings which are highly durable but they can be fussy to apply and need perfectly clean paint to work.
 

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So why cant I just put some autoglym high resin polish and then the gloss sealant on the day after I get it back? Will it affect the paint work?!
 

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So why cant I just put some autoglym high resin polish and then the gloss sealant on the day after I get it back? Will it affect the paint work?!
Potentially it will, if the paint is not fully cured. If the painter says it is fine to use any product immediately then go ahead. For years there seems to be a commonly accepted time of at least 30 days before using anything other than product which are safe for fresh paint.

I have no idea if 30 days is correct or not, if the paint gasses are still being released then a sealant could potentially interfere with this process.

Driving around for a month without any wax or sealants is not going to damage the paint but I really would just ask the person who painted the car if the paint has fully cured when you pick it up
 

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Ideally you need to check with your bodyshop as to what and when you can apply any coatings or protection layers. They usually recommend a high grade Carnauba wax.

The OPT opti-coat is an amazing product. It is something that you can apply yourself although you do need to have the right conditions to apply it - i.e. it must be in a dust free environment and have a minimum temperature of 12°C for 24 hours while the application cures, however it will not fully cure for about 12 weeks. You need a clean surface free from contaminants to enable a good bond and flaw free finish. If the surface is dirty, or has imperfections, you will seal these in, so any which promise the earth without a little preparation first will not give you a flawless finish. You can pick up the Opti-Coat kits for around £40.
 

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I have just phoned the paintshop and they tell me that I can put polish on when I get it at the end of the week. Does that sound about right?

Really looking forward to getting it back! I'm going to use Autoglym Super Resin Polish and their Gloss Protection stuff.
 

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If the painter says you can use whatever product you wish then I would accept what they are saying. If you wish to be cautious then simply wait eg 30 days and then apply the SRP/EGP. In the meantime nothing horrible will happen to your paint. Remember most cars go for years without any waxes or sealants
 

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Hi, I always use poorboy's world polishes and waxes but then I love my detailing personally I wouldn't use any of the cheaper polishes as they don't give the best protection. If you want to try any I would recommend the Poorboys professional polish to clean the paintwork of any dirt/impuritys and then try a Poorboys nattys paste which is a carnauba wax you won't believe the shine, and water just beads off. Just my preference :)
 
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