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Old 11-24-2010, 02:34 PM
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just wondering if i can leave wax on my vehicle for long time?
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What do you mean by, "Leave it on". Like you want to apply a cream and leave it a long time before you buff it off, or you mean is it ok to wax the car and not strip it with detergent for a long time?
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If you're talking about when you put the wax on and it whitens... then yes you're fine, it's just a PITA to get off if left on for a while. If you mean just having wax on the truck for long periods of time, you kind of want a layer of wax all the time to protect the paint and clear coat.
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thats what i meant leaving it on the car after it whitens...My truck is sitting in garage and I just applied wax on it and was going to leave it on for a week or too than wipe it off and do it again...IM BORED...
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I don't think I'd do that if it were me. Read the instructions on the wax/polish you are using and follow their advise. IMHO if you leave the wax on for a week or so you can probably plan on taking an equal amount of time to try to rub it off.
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I wouldn't leave it that long either, would be a PITA to get off after sitting that long. Just be like kleeen, and wax the damned thing 30 times in a week and never have to worry about scratching the clear coat.
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I have left wax on for a week or so and had no problems getting it off.
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If you try to remove it, it will be tough and you may be removing to much and rub into the clearcoat.. be very careful to only remove the wax. Id just wash it off if left on that long.

If you plan on re-waxing it after you take it off.. should be able to just wash it with dawn or another dish soap. That should cut through enough to remove it for a Fresh coat of wax.

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First question is, what wax are you using?

An actual carnauba wax, no you cannot leave it on longer than suggested. A good quality wax will turn to concrete on your paint when it dries. I had experimented with cure times with a few different waxes and sealants. A good paste wax will be adhere to the paint by time it hazes, and you can safely remove the haze without affecting the performance of the wax itself. Any longer, and the wax has "already" adhered, but the layer of haze [wax that has not bonded and needs to be removed] will become harder and harder to remove.

A sealant is synthetic and can generally be left on the paint for much longer. Some very high quality sealants like Blackfire Wet Diamond can be left on the paint for a day at a time and still buff off with ease. Other high quality waxes like Collinite #915 Marque D'Elegance are to be applied to small sections like 1/2 of the hood, and buffed off when it hazes, shortly after. Any longer and removing it will require heavy pressure which could mar the paint.

If you are bored, get a layer-able wax/sealant and start coating the truck.
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