How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

The more you wash the more swirls and scratches will be produced on your clear coat. When a premium sealant or wax is properly applied to a washed and clean paint the less washing will be required.

 

How Often Should You Wax Your Car?

Wax manufacturers recommend that you apply a new coat every 45 days. Some newer synthetic waxes claim to provide protection for up to one year. It also depends on your preference and available time, and money. If you want a showroom look all the time and have the resources, you may want to get a wax job once a month. Cars parked in a garage can go longer without a wax as those exposed to the elements. we would recommend waxing twice a year as an absolute minimum. Once in Spring before temperatures increase, and once in Fall before winter to protect against rain and snow. When the water stops beading and/or stops running off the paint surfaces, it’s time to apply a premium wax.

 

Wax Once or Regularly ?

Many people may see a wax job as an extra for their car, something you do on special occasions to provide a little extra shine. But waxing your car is actually something that should be done on a regular basis. Too often car owners provide regular maintenance on the engine of their vehicle and ignore the exterior altogether. The exterior of your car needs regular care as well. While neglecting the paint job may not lead to mechanical performance issues, it will result in a lower resale value and little to no protection from many harsh elements. Regular exterior maintenance will keep your car looking new for years after purchase.

Regular waxing helps to protect the paint job and clear coat on your car by preserving oils in the paint that help to prevent oxidation. This is when the oxygen molecules in the air react with, and in this case burn up, the free radicals in the paint. The result is a dulled finish, and waxing can help to prevent this ugly process. Regular waxing also protects the paint from the daily wear and tear our cars get from being exposed to the outside world. Bird droppings, wind, rain, hail, tree sap, smog, ultraviolet rays from the sun — you name it. There are a host of threats to your car’s shiny finish.

 

Are All Waxes The Same

Absolutely NO!

 

Waxing Is For Two Reasons:

  1. Protection
  2. Visual enhancement

  

Car Wax Types:

How you apply the wax will end up depending on what form the product takes. There are four different forms of car waxes available on the market. They are:

  1. Liquid Car Wax
  2. Spray Automobile Wax
  3. Paste Auto Wax
  4. Rubbing Compound

 

Protecting a car’s paint has three main components: washing, decontaminating, and protecting.

Washing removes the majority of dust, dirt, and other visible grime. No automatic or hand car wash, regardless how thorough, can remove bonded or embedded contaminants which ultimately eat away at the paint or clear coat. Likewise, no wax or paint sealant can prevent paint contamination. These airborne pollutants come from a variety of sources—brake dust, rail dust, overspray, sap, and tar—and must to be exfoliated from the paint before applying any kind of protectant.

 

The only effective, non-abrasive method of paint decontamination is claying and polishing.

Claying, done about every six months, attracts foreign matter from beneath the surface and pulls them away safely for a deep down clean. Clay even removes particles invisible to the naked eye for a glass-smooth finish. Polishing works in accordance by rejuvenating the top layer, smoothing tiny scratches and swirl marks with fillers, and restoring the paint’s deep vibrant colors. Skipping this step before protecting the paint locks in paint-fouling dirt, causing more damage down the road.

 

Benefits of Sealants and Synthetic Waxes

  • Durable: Withstands frequent washings, extreme climates, ultraviolet rays, infrared radiation, salt water and environmental contaminants.
  • Protective: Armors your car’s finish.
  • Long Lasting: Five to six months in severe climates, longer in milder conditions.

 

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