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Just wondering peoples opinions about whether A new Renegade needs to be waxed/clayed right away or not. Is there a lot of gunk in the paint from shipping the vehicle, Etc? What do you think?
 

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They say in order to tell if paint needs to clayed, run your hand across the paint, if its feels rough, gritty or bumpy it probably needs to be clayed. As far as "waxing", I would definitely try to get a coat of protection on there as soon as you can. I would go with a good polymer sealant though instead of a wax.
 

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When I get mine I plan to wash it thoroughly and then use Meguiar's #16 paste wax to protect the paint and to give it a nice shine.
 

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They say in order to tell if paint needs to clayed, run your hand across the paint, if its feels rough, gritty or bumpy it probably needs to be clayed. As far as "waxing", I would definitely try to get a coat of protection on there as soon as you can. I would go with a good polymer sealant though instead of a wax.
You should put your hand in a sandwich bag first. it gives a better audible indication.
 

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You might want to consider getting a paint protector applied, such as Opti Coat. If you do go that route, you'll want to make sure your paint is in perfect condition as Opti-Coat will seal in everything, permanently, it acts like a clear coat.
 

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When purchasing a brand new car, applying wax after a thorough wash and dry is a must, IMO. Like said above it will protect the paint and give it a much longer life. I usually wax my current car every 6 months give or take.
 

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My car unfortunately is parked outside 80% of the week. I live in Southern California so I have to deal with sun, dust, tree and bird debris. When I wash it it looks good for one day and then it just all goes downhill. Should I give up all hope and keeping the paint looking good?
 

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My car unfortunately is parked outside 80% of the week. I live in Southern California so I have to deal with sun, dust, tree and bird debris. When I wash it it looks good for one day and then it just all goes downhill. Should I give up all hope and keeping the paint looking good?
MOST DEFINITELY! If fact you need to do it more than somebody who keeps their car garaged or covered. A nice wax coat will help the debris from selling into the paint and shield it from the So Cal sun.
 

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The wax will also deteriorate faster in these type of conditions so make sure you choose a wax that works well with intense sun and salt spray etc. Otherwise you end up having to get your car waxed quite often.
 

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From my first look at a Renegade, I can say the paint quality is unfortunately poor, and will definitely need a very good wax or professional clear coat. Trust me It will be a worthwhile investment.
 

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From my first look at a Renegade, I can say the paint quality is unfortunately poor. . .
The Trailhawk I got (silver) has nice paint. I only detected a couple minor flaws that most wouldn't even notice. When I pick it up Monday, I will wash & wax it but won't do more than that.
 
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