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Man waxing his car May 30, 2017

Why Waxing Your Car is Still Essential

Should you wax your car? It’s a question many car owners still ask today. The answer is ‘yes’ if you care about your car’s paint. Waxing makes car paint shine, and it gives the car a layer of wax as protection from exposure.

Waxing in the old days

Your dad and his dad probably used wax on their cars. Wax then was harder to apply than it is today. The most popular and “natural” wax is carnauba, and it is a very hard substance. These days, it’s hard to find 100% pure carnauba, but manufacturers still add it to their products along with formulations that make it easier to apply and last longer. Back in the day, cars wore lacquer paint, so wax was needed to make them shine. Now, there is a clear coat over that paint which makes the paint shine and protects it from early wear. Adding wax makes paint even shinier and gives it additional protection, so the clear coat also lasts longer.

How often should you wax your car?

When you buy a brand new or used car for sale in Raleigh, you need to wash it and apply a coat of wax. Many modern waxes claim a longevity of up to a year, but that’s only true if you never take your car out of the garage. Many contaminants that can affect that wax, so it’s best to reapply a coat at least twice a year: Once in the spring and then another before winter hits. Waxing every three to four months is plenty if you want to keep the car looking great for years.

Even more protection and shine

If you want to beat even that showroom shine, don’t settle for just wax. For relatively new car paint, here’s the method: Wash it thoroughly with a recommended car shampoo. Dry it with microfiber towels. Use a clay bar and soapy water or a detail spray to remove contaminants. Wash your car a second time and dry it. Apply a polishing product. Buff it to shine. Apply your favorite wax. Buff it. Apply a coat of paint sealant. That should give you better protection and a deeper shine. It’s a lot of elbows grease, but if you’re a car guy, it’s all worth the effort.

Taking care of your car includes waxing the paint now and then. When your car is ten years old and still good-looking, you’ll see how much it has benefited from your efforts.