Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:42 pm
The team at Plymouth Rock Assurance decided it would take a good look at an age-old question: should I wax my car? Let’s start back in the 1970s when technology fueled by Japanese carmakers brought about many changes to your car’s paint job. At the time, your new car looked great, but scratches, weather and sun exposure caused that beautiful color to become dull. Waxing was the only way to keep your car showroom shiny and protect its finish.
Times have changed, and since the mid-1980s, new cars have come with a primer coat, paint and a layer of “clear coat protection.” This innovation helps to keep car paint jobs from fading and becoming easily damaged.
With all this protection and innovation, do we still need to wax our cars? The short answer is – maybe. We know that’s not exactly what you were looking for, but here are the cases for both sides:
- It’s not 1970 anymore, and your paint job has come a long way. The clear coat protecting your paint job from damage and fading isn’t the best at stopping nicks and scratches. A thin layer of wax will help with that.
- It looks darn good. Waxing is the best way to keep your four-wheeled baby looking showroom fresh. If shiny and smooth is what you are after, and then by all means keep wax on.
Not to Wax
- Waxing is no easy task. Even with new advances in car care, like synthetic waxes, waxing can still take you four to six hours depending on the vehicle.
- If you have a lease or generally keep your car for five to seven years, then waxing isn’t really necessary. Your car’s finish will be just fine unless it is suffering from extended exposure to harsh elements like acid rain, the sun, or even worse – bird droppings!
If you do choose to invest time in waxing your car, here’s are the general steps to take:
- Make sure your car can be waxed. Cars with matte paint generally should not be waxed.
- Thoroughly wash your car in a cool, shaded area. Make sure you don’t wash your car immediately after using it for long periods. If your brakes are hot, splashing them with cold water could lead to warping.
- Use a small amount of wax with a damp cloth or applicator. Spread it evenly over one section at a time.
- Remove the wax with a clean microfiber cloth after it hazes.
So there you have it. Wax for great looks and added protection, or don’t wax to reclaim your free time, maintain your sanity, or simply because it isn’t necessary. Got an opinion on the issue? Let us hear it below.
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