The paint of a new Volkswagen should not be waxed until after the first 8-10 weeks. Before applying a coat of wax preservative, the car must be washed and completely dried with a chamois. When water on the painted surfaces tends to remain in large patches instead of forming small beads and running off, it is time for an application of wax. Wax can be applied in the form of wash-and-wax preparations if the interval between washings is not too great. This method is not nearly as long-lasting as those involving the harder-to-apply paste waxes. In general, it can be stated that the harder a wax is to apply, the longer it will protect the finish. While there are exceptions to every rule, this is a good one to remember. The car should never be waxed in open sunshine. A preservative specially produced for the paint of the Volkswagen is available at Volkswagen dealers and is known as "L 190" preservative. When applying the L 190, one spreads a thin film on the finish and then rubs it down when it is dry, using a soft polishing cloth.