how soon can you wash/wax new car?
today I hand-washed my new Corolla for the 4th time since I've had the car (almost 6 weeks) while drying it with a synthetic chamois, some paint came off the trunk-jam area, I'm positive it was paint (it was blue) - the last time I washed it - a small amount of paint came off the side of the car, almost the underside on the bottom - are you supposed to wait a certain length of time before washing/waxing a new car? I read that the sooner the better in order to protect the finish, somewhere else I read it's best to wait 90 days to give the paint time to "cure" - now I'm nervous that I have dimished my paint job - my car was built in February '01 - thank you in advance
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The killer is... was your car damaged and repainted (and sold before it was cured)?
Is that the Rubbing Compound coming off?
It sounds funny that you are having paint problems with a vehicle from a mfg whose reputation claims they are the best. (I don't buy it but that is another topic)
I would have it checked out by a good body and fender man and see what they say. You might have a claim agaisnt the dealer or the mfg.
The paint on a new vehicle even fresh out of the factory should not be coming off. The paint is baked on at the factory.
if I had to guess, my guess would be that those 2 areas were not properly clearcoated - but I'm not really sure...thanks
If color is coming off during washing, I'd think that's serious. An analysis from a reputable body shop will provide answers. Then go back to the dealer. Get everything documented and keep a diary. And good luck.