Waxing your car is necessary to preserve the exterior finish for as long as possible. Rust and cosmetic damage can be effectively avoided for extremely long periods of time if you’re diligent and consistent in waxing your car.
Not all waxes are made the same, however, and you should carefully read the product information about any wax you purchase before deciding to bring it home for an application. Your car’s individual needs must be focused on, as well as how you intend on applying the wax. Some waxes are much more suited for quick and frequent application, while others are much more suited for people who don’t want to wax their cars all the time and may have gone a while before their last wax job. The right wax is the difference between a glossy and shiny car and a polished junker.
Your paint job matters
Waxes are made for specific hues of cars, so you shouldn’t just pick up the first wax you see and go to the checkout. For instance, The Vehicle Lab has a dedicated page specifically for waxes compatible with black cars, so it really does matter if you want to hide all of the imperfections that have accrued over time. If your car has scratches that need to be covered up, it’s essential that your wax works specifically for that color to best hide any minor scrapes. A scratch can be very effectively rendered barely visible if you buy a wax meant to be used on your specific paint job. Over time, the amount of paint left on your paint job will diminish. To get the most out of the paint left, you need to get wax that will complement it.
Storage and weather conditions
It’s well-known that UV rays will damage a paint job over time. If your car is always left out in the sun, you need to purchase a wax that will allow you to reapply frequently since the sun will always be taking a toll. Some waxes are better-suited for hot or cold climates, so you should also pick a wax that fits your environment to the best of your ability.
Pick the right kind of wax
There’s a bit of variance in the kinds of waxes available. For example, carnauba wax comes from a natural plant, has a great shine, and is relatively easy to remove, but it has a relatively low lifetime of only 7-10 weeks after application. There are some synthetic options like Meguiar’s Number 26 that combines carnauba wax with some synthetic constituents to increase durability, but at the cost of it, being best-suited for darker-colored cars. Carefully research what your wax is made up of before committing, and don’t be afraid to check the Internet for clarification.
Everybody should wax their car as a part of a comprehensive maintenance strategy. This is as important as getting an oil change and yearly checkups. Many people forget to adequately take care of the exterior of their vehicles, leading to rust and cosmetic failings.