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    NXT Cure Time

    NXT Cure Time?

    I am aware of the 12 hour cure time of the NXT tech wax.

    My question is by cure time, does it mean I have to keep the car in a closed garage? I am sure I should not drive it if it's raining, how about driving the car is a nice, sunny day? Will the NXT cured during driving?

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    Hey,

    There should be no problem with driving it. It is only a problem if it rains, or if a person uses a QD before the curing is complete. Again, the curing time is only an estimate as there are many factors that can effect the process.

    I would not worry about!

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    Re: NXT Cure Time

    Originally posted by mis3
    I am aware of the 12 hour cure time of the NXT tech wax.

    My question is by cure time, does it mean I have to keep the car in a closed garage? I am sure I should not drive it if it's raining, how about driving the car is a nice, sunny day? Will the NXT cured during driving?
    The idea behind waiting to apply a second coating is to allow a window-of-time to pass, to insure that all of the polymers have fully set-up. Anytime you introduce water or other liquids to the surface before the polymers have fully set-up you risk disrupting the polymers.

    Some people cannot wait, or do not want to wait this long before applying a second coat, I know many times I don't have the luxury of time to wait until the next day to apply a second coat. If you are in this position, then it's completely fine to apply a second coat sooner. The 12 hour window of time is just a best case scenario for those people that want the maximum results possible. It's like giving the benefit of doubt to the process.

    After applying the Tech Wax to your car's finish, it's perfectly fine to drive again in sunny weather. It's liquids you want to avoid for the first 12 hours for best possible results. I
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    I see. So, I should plan the time so that the car should be kept in the garage for at least a few hours. Drive only if you don't have a choice.

    You never know when you drive outside, maybe something stupid like a puddle of water or the windshield washer from a nearby car.

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    If your want to do everything possible on your part to insure maximum results, then it definitely wouldn't hurt.

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    Mike, good point about not constantly wiping the surface once the excess product is taken off!

    I'm wondering what the pro detailers do regarding applying NXT to a customer’s car when they’re "on the clock". Time is money and they certainly can't wait 12-24 hours before applying a second coat.

    Since time is of the essence, do the pro detailers just apply 1 coat of NXT or apply 2 coats with more like 10-15 wait time vs. 20 minute? I’m just curious.

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    I'm pretty sure most Pro/Production oriented detailers only apply one coat and move one. If they do apply a second coat, then it's within minutes of applying the first coat.

    The primary reason to apply a second coat is to,

    Insure and even and thorough layer over the entire surface

    The idea of applying two coats is not to create a second layer over the first layer, but to insure a uniform layer over the entire finish. The idea behind allowing some time to go by before applying the second coat is to allow the first set of polymers to fully set-up or bond to the finish.

    Waiting till the next day or 12 hours to apply the second application is really something only the most serious of detailing enthusiasts would probably do in the first place. Meguiar’s calls these kinds of people Car Crazy because they are so passionate about they’re cars and they express this in doing things the normal person wouldn’t do, like waiting to put a second coat of wax on.

    So please don’t think waiting hours to apply a second application is a necessary step, it’s not. It’s an optional step for those that want to maximize the depth, shine, richness and gloss that Tech Wax has to offer.

    The average person is going to apply one coat and go. If they choose to apply a second coat, they will more than likely do this immediately after removing the second coat. Meguiar’s has always said that two thin coats are better than one thick coat no matter which wax you apply.

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    Then I must be CAR CRAZY! And my car is a daily driver!

    I agree it's an optional step, but I was just curious as some of the photos I've seen posted from you and others, who I know have limited time to spend on detailing a car, look absolutely great!

    With your personal car, it's nice to have the option of applying that second coat after the polymers set-up in order to have the best looking car finish in town!

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    Hi everybody,

    This is my first post. Anyways, I recently bought a new bottle of NXT Tech Wax after hearing much hype from commercials and reading them in magazines. After reading this, I have a certain question for you guys. I have only one garage & two cars. So it's either the Sienna or the Camry goes in. My wife wants the Sienna to be in the garage because it's new and nearly double the price of the Camry. So my Camry has been sitting outside everyday since last December.

    Hearing that we would want that no liquid should touch the car within the firs 12 hours, I would like to know if dew could disturb the polymers. I usually start washing the car about 3:00pm and I usually start waxing (after making sure that the surface is flawless) around 5:30. By 6:30 tops, I'll be done. Then it would be outside overnight and dew would form unless I was really lucky and dew would not form that night.

    So, could it affect it?

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    Hi toyotaowner,

    Welcome to Meguiar's Online!

    I appreciate your question and think it has value, but I'm not sure how much more to the extreme we can get over introducing water and other liquids to freshly applied wax.

    I guess in a perfect world, the surface would stay dry until the wax has completely set-up.

    Will you notice a real-world difference because dew formed on your freshly applied coat of wax over night?

    Probably not...

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