Seasonal Wax for Optimal Protection

1967 Pontiac Firebird 400

Product Preview: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Waxes

As you know, we at Dr. Beasley’s have been in the car care industry for quite awhile. We’re with cars constantly and when we’re not, you can typically find us dissecting the endless science of car care. This passion alone has allowed us to innovate for and improve on the car care product industry, most of which you undoubtedly know about – Matte Paint Care, Formula 1201, Glass Waxx, and much more. Well, we’re doing it again…

A lot of research and development is spent identifying and expanding on what is wrong, or what isn’t working in car care today. Protection is big, and that’s one of our main focuses when formulating and creating our hand-spun line of car care products. This, combined with our humble start in Chicago, got us thinking about how different each season really is on your car. To no surprise, the ball started rolling. We categorized the similarities between seasons and began to look at some of the extremes (whether it be June in Phoenix or April in Seattle) – what exactly do our cars go through in each season? Just to name a few:

  • Winter
  • Spring
    • Warmer temperatures and longer days (more driving)
    • Dust and pollen are abundant
    • Rain, rain, rain
    • Think of Seattle, WA
  • Summer
    • Lots of sun and high temperatures (UV rays)
    • Car shows and club events in full swing
    • Significantly more car washing
    • Think of Phoenix, AZ
  • Fall
    • Falling leaves + wind = mess
    • Less sunlight, temps drop
    • Think of Charleston, WV or Storage season (for non daily drivers)

Why a single layer of carnauba isn’t working all year round

Don’t get me wrong… your traditional carnauba wax is still protecting your paint. Just not as optimally as this new line of products – typical waxes are more effective in moderate climates or seasons, but are not optimized for extremes that we experience across the entire country. Typically I recommend layering waxes for multiple reasons, but the main is simply added protection. You can always wax over carnauba once it has bonded to the surface, and with that said, many car people layer two or even three product types to add a deeper shine and significantly improved protection. This is where our seasonal waxes can step in; while protecting more effectively than a regular carnauba would, you can still wax over it with another wax product to go the extra mile. I guess now is a good time to coin the phrase ‘your wax is only as good as the layer below it.’ What I mean by that is if, for example, say you just waxed your new BMW with a traditional carnauba paste wax and it happens to be 108˚F in L.A… Well, your paint can reach well over 20˚F higher than the temperature outside, and while carnauba’s official melting point is 182˚F, that microscopic (and much more heat sensitive) layer of protection is going to start slowly melting right off of the surface – leaving your car unprotected unless you had another layer of sealant below it. Don’t believe me? Try it. Give your hood a nice wax with a liquid or paste carnauba, remove the excess with a microfiber cloth and let it sit in the sun on a hot day (over 90˚F)… then bring the car into the garage or a shaded area and let it cool. There won’t be wax on your hood.

While this is only a fraction of what was considered to develop this protection line, you get a sense of the different elements that your car is exposed is in each season, and what’s typically recognized as a struggle in the world of car enthusiasts and detailers. With this knowledge, and a bit of scientific research to back them up, each wax we created is optimized for the specific season it’s meant to be used in. Keep in mind we always recommend waxing four times per year, due to the longevity of carnauba protection (1-3 months depending on brand), in order to keep one’s paint finish protect year round. Rather than using the same carnauba wax or paint season all year round however, it makes more sense to use less wax and apply seasonally optimized protection at the start of every season that has been formulated to not fade away even during the most extreme conditions in every season – be it wax-melting heat in summer or corrosive road salt in winter. And so, now that you’ve heard our motivation and intent for this line of seasonally optimized waxes, I hope you’ll stay tuned for 1. the launch, and 2. the follow up to this blog that will dive into the (seasonal, but also regional – as you’ll soon see) benefits and uses of this unique paint protection line.

  • http://www.manwithvanhire.co.uk Man and Van Sheffield

    Very informative. I never thought of all this that different weather require different wax. Anyway I have question?

    How can i get rid of swirls on my car. It is Taffeta White color, 2010 Honda City.

    ALso, how to avoid swirls in future. I would appriciate a detailed explanation on how to get rid of it, which product to use and how to use them.

    Regards

    • http://www.drbeasleys.com Dr. Beasley’s

      No problem… The main thing to consider when removing swirls is how deep they are. Your car isn’t that old, and simply judging from that you should be able to hand polish the paint to remove them (if they’re not too deep – More Info on Scratch Depth). If the swirls are particularly deep, you may need to machine polish the car – which does not require a professional detailer if you use an orbital buffer, such as the Cyclo Polisher.

      If the swirls aren’t too deep and resemble what we refer to as spider webbing, applying Smoothing Polish (first) and Finishing Glaze (second), followed by a wax should do the trick. Otherwise, if you need machine polishing, use Leveling Compound I (first) and Leveling Compound II (second), followed by a glaze and wax.

      All of our Polishes can be found here. Also, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 7734041600 – I’ll be able to better understand your car’s individual needs by talking to you.

      - James @ Dr. Beasley’s

      • BadgerDan

        Great article!! Just bought an SRX w/Black Ice paint and live in WI. What is the best way to protect black paint in my climate? It makes sense to use a layered approach, what do you recommend?

        • http://www.drbeasleys.com/ Dr. Beasley’s

          I would definitely put a paint sealant down and follow with a natural carnauba wax. A paint sealant (I recommend Formula 1201) will make sure you’ve got durable protection you need for the colder weather… and the carnauba (check out Ivory Carnauba Wax) will just add to the depth and shine.

          Since the sealant will last longer than the carnauba, you can always go back and reapply the carnauba as desired. You shouldn’t have any issues!

          Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

          James