Need A Wax?

Signs You Need To Wax Your Car

1963 Porsche 356 GtbYou always hear “wax four times a year” with the seasons, but what if your car needs a wax between then? How do you know you need a wax? It’s fairly simple actually. It’s important to understand that the seasonal waxing approach is just advice; there are plenty of problematic situations that your car will run into along the road that will need wax as a solution. After seeing literally thousands and thousands of cars, we’ve compiled the most important signifiers that are telling you that your car needs some carnauba lovin’. Read on to see how you (and your car) can benefit from waxing at the right time…

The power of a car wax should not be underestimated. Not only does your car look great, but it is protected from environmental contaminants, too. Environmental effects, such as UV rays, acid rain, road debris and more, beat up your car’s paint and leave it looking dull. Impurities and contaminants aren’t always removed with a car wash and often require a clay bar treatment – but that’s another discussion. What’s important here is that waxes prevent against these problems, lowering your need to preform further detailing treatments. Increased depth and clarity are bogeys compared to the protection benefits your paint gains from a thorough wax treatment.

So when do I need to wax? What should I look for and why? Here are four occurrences that we deem the most important warning signs for a wax, why they are problematic, what causes them, and how wax helps to remedy them:

Dry Paint: One of the most common signs of paintwork neglect is dry paint. The concept of dry paint is similar to that of dry hands; as nutrients and moisture escape the surface, cracking and light fracturing occurs (read more about paint fracturing). These unsightly cracks reflect light in various directions, making them extremely visible to the human eye. Solving them is as easy as buying carnauba car wax and applying it. Like skin moisturizer, carnauba wax replenishes lost oils (due to penetrating UV rays) in the paintwork and nourishes the paint to relieve the stress it has burdened due to dryness.

Newly Visible Light Scratches: Truth is, minor imperfections such as clear coat scratches and light swirl marks are embedded into your paint before you even own the car. Dealers often “detail” new cars quickly without proper procedure and end up butchering the paint in one way or another. Luckily for you, sealers and waxes fill these imperfections, but only for a limited amount of time – have you ever noticed swirls a few months after buying a brand new car? Your first option is to polish, but again that is a different discussion. What’s important to know is that nothing bad is happening to your car when you fill these imperfections, but rather you are making them appear invisible while protecting the surface from future problems. A simple wax will ease the visual pain a keep your car protected.

After Polishing: No matter what, always wax after a polishing procedure. Whether done in your garage or professionally, polishing is hard work and it’s the wax’s job to seal in that hard work. Freshly polished paint is extremely vulnerable to elements so it’s an absolute necessity that you follow up with a wax or paint sealant to protect the effort you put in. Waxing will also help to keep the polished paint looking clear for an extended amount of time, meaning you wont have to polish as much, or as frequently.

Monthly Treatment: We’ve harped on it, but it’s for good reason. A seasonal wax application not only keeps your car’s paint healthy, but more importantly it keeps wax on your car throughout the entire year. Carnauba wax is natural substance, meaning it will diminish over time. If you don’t keep up with your seasonal applications, after three months or so (depending on the wax grade or sealant type) you will start to notice the problems listed above. Bottom line, this is the easiest way to keep your car looking great throughout its lifespan.

As professional detailers and car care enthusiasts, we at Dr. Beasley’s firmly believe that preventing problems is easier than having to fix them. It sounds simple, but waxing is just that. It’s a simple 30 minute addition to any car wash routine and it pays off in the long run. Always keep an eye out for these problematic signifiers, and remember, wax your car often!

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