It is alright to wax your car once a week. It will not harm you as long as you obey the proper protocol. It’s admirable that you take such good care of your vehicle. The majority of people are too tired to wax at all.
Aside from offering your ride the auto show luster, waxing provides a coat of security that protects your finish from the damaging effects of pollutants and the elements. It’s an essential step in protecting your four-wheeled investment.
Car wax is a prepared mixture of waxes, oils, and solvents such as crude oil distillates, ethanol, mineral spirits, gasoline, naptha (a popular thinner for wood varnishes and paints), and others.
A wax compound provides a coat of protection to the paint while also enhancing the luster and shine of the engine. Though waxing enhances the appearance of the paint, its most effective function is to preserve it. A good wax can protect your car’s paint from moisture, ultraviolet radiation, extreme heat, various contaminants, and the dreaded oxidation process.
Car wax, also known as automotive wax, is a natural or synthetic substance used to add a thin coating of insulation to a vehicle’s body. The bulk of car waxes sold today comprises a mixture of carnauba wax, natural oils, beeswax, and petroleum distillates. Synthetic resins and polymers are used as hardeners and shine enhancers in some of the newer automotive wax blends. They’re usually added, allowed to dry, and then “buffed” before the desired shine is achieved.
When you have a new car, one of the first things you can do is apply a few coats of wax to it. That’s right. Wax the car many times and do it all by hand, including the polishing. It’s time-consuming and labor-intensive. However, it is possible to complete it on the weekend. Waxing also helps you to test and get acquainted with the vehicle up close. Giving your car more than one sheet of waxing at first results in fewer wax works later on. After that, you can get away with waxing two or three times a year. When water no longer beads on the car, you know it’s time to retouch or re-wax it.
Waxing from a single application will last anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the type of wax used. The best waxes are usually in paste form. During the dry season, use it every 1.5 to 2 months and once a month during the rainy season. This assumes you can do a waxing session correctly. Some waxes have recommendations for how often they should be used. You may either do the same or go beyond and beyond by adding additional layers to the standard applications.
Reapplication of wax coverage is dependent on some factors. These can include: How long it has been since the last application, the circumstances under which the car was powered, and how it is cleaned. It’s time to re-wax if you can feel the car, and it’s not slick. If you can wash the car, but the mud won’t come off quickly, it’s time to re-wax. If the water doesn’t bead up as it does the first few washes after the first test, it’s probably time for a new application. You never want the wax to vanish and degrade totally, leaving your car unprotected.
Waxing would not hurt the paint of the car unless done incorrectly. The only way to go wrong these days is to use the wrong product and be too aggressive with the orbital polisher. How do you know which material to use now? There are several different kinds of wax, and with new vehicles, you want one that is non-abrasive and does not ‘eat’ away from the surface coating of the paint.
Most paste and liquid waxes have explicit directions that state not to wax the car in direct sunlight and strip the wax until it has dried to a haze, instead of drying for a week. If you have to leave your car after applying wax, try to clean it off as quickly as possible. Avoid leaving the wax on the car for weeks; it’ll look like hell and will need superhuman strength to remove. Any waxes dry to a white haze, which looks awful on a dark car if left on for an extended period. You can also park in a shady area and focus on a single panel at a time, adding wax to it and buffing it to a high shine before going on to the next. This guarantees that the wax does not harden on the paintwork.
Regardless of whether the vehicle is dusty or not, it is important to wash it properly before adding a wax coat. A coat of wax will lock mud, grime, and even the tiniest bit of dust onto a car’s surface, which is why a thorough wash is necessary, and a simple rinse would not suffice.
One of the most significant reasons to wax the vehicle is to shield the paint from toxins. Depending on where you live, your car is often subjected to damaging forces such as intense sunlight, acid rain, oxidation, and salt. Both of these problems will ruin the paint, which means you’ll have to repaint your car to keep it looking as new. This is chiefly important if you intend to sell it soon. When you wax your exterior, you’re applying a waterproof barrier over the surface. The transparent coat of wax absorbs the harm, so the paint doesn’t have to. So, if you want to cover your car from cracks and paint flakes, waxing it is the way to go.
So, what could really go wrong if you don’t wax your car? The vehicle construction industry is constantly changing and improving, waxing the vehicle used to be essential to keep it from easily rusting and decaying because it was too vulnerable to abrasions and corrosion. If all you do is rinse your car and remove gravel, salt, and gunk, the clear coat will gradually wear away. Eventually, the paint underneath would be uncovered and peel, potentially exposing the metal beneath. After several years of misuse, the vehicle can be riddled with brittle orange rust stains.
However, as modern cars use more composite body panels, more resilient translucent skins, and sometimes rust-resistant alloys, it appears that waxing will no longer be sufficient to secure the vehicle. With today’s clear coats, most clear-coat finishes, including every new car, will last 2-4 years without any maintenance; no cleaning, waxing, or polishing is needed. Of course, your vehicle will not look its best due to your negligence; waxing helps to improve, not just cover physically, and you or the next owner of your car will now be forced to make up for a lost time as a result of your neglect.
The durability of wax varies depending on the manufacturer and the formulation used. Some waxes last as much as two weeks and as long as six months. Carnauba waxes can last for 3-5 weeks at most, while sealants have stronger protection for 4+ months. No wax, no matter how much hype you’ve seen, will last a year, so it’s best to reapply before you believe the wax is totally gone! Carnaubas typically appear darker and wetter, but at a price! Their longevity is lacking, but their beauty compensates! Sealants are the polar opposite in that they are more durable but have a more translucent appearance.
Another thing to think of is using a pre-wax cleaner! This would result in a closer relationship between the paint and the wax, providing more excellent protection and longevity! It’s not a good idea to add wax on top of old wax.
Wax not only gives the vehicle a nice shine, but it also provides an additional layer of protection against harsh weather, salt, bird droppings, tree pollen, ultraviolet rays, vehicular and industrial waste, and other assorted crud contained in the air and on highways. By not waxing the car daily, you give these corrosive chemicals a higher chance of scratching the clear coat (the finish on top that protects the paint) and revealing the paint underneath. You’re still finding it more difficult to clean the car. If you have to rub and scrub an unwaxed vehicle to clean it, you risk scraping or rubbing through the clear coat and the paint, resulting in noticeable surface scratches and swirls — particularly if you have a black car.
The general target when waxing a car is to achieve a streak-free shine. Unfortunately, rags that are worn out or full of residue would not assist you in achieving this goal. This is why any car detailing specialist has a supply of new sponges, towels, polisher sheets, and other supplies on hand at all times during the waxing process.