How Often Should You Wax Your Car
June 30, 2014
How often should you wax your car? That is the question. Should you wax it every week, every month or every year? Should you use carnauba wax or polymer sealant? Should you wait until the previous wax has already lost its sheen or is there a recommended schedule?
How often should you wax your car
How often should you wax your car? Generally speaking, you should wax your car once every four months. That makes it three times a year. Why? According to experts, waxing your car more often does not damage its paint, but it can definitely waste a lot of wax which translates to wasting money, time and effort. Of course, this frequency also depends on a variety of factors like your geographical location and the predominant weather in your area, the age of your car, the way you use it, the type of product you use.
Geographical location and the predominant weather in your area
As a child, I used to wonder why my father didn’t want to take the car anywhere near the beach. We had to walk a good distance from where my father parked the car to the beach and he made sure that we soaped and rinsed ourselves with tap water completely before he allowed us in the car. Well, it all sounds so meticulous, but he actually has very good reason for doing so. Salty water can wreak havoc with paint and metal. It can cause paint to oxidize (unsightly whitish dots which can be difficult to remove) and metal to rust. This is why people who live near the sea or have to pass on salty roads are recommended to take extra care of their cars. If you live in such a place, then, you should wax your car at least once a month to protect its paint from the ravages that salty air can bring. On the other hand, people living in dry and dusty areas are advised to stick to the once-in-every-four-month rule because too much wax attracts too much dust.
Another point that is worth considering is the general weather in your area. Do you get a lot of sun or snow? Like other similarly-based products, car waxes have melting and cooling states. It is best to wax your car during hot summer evenings or when the temperature is anywhere between 55°F-85°F . This is because the wax is in semi-solid state, making it easier for you to apply it thinly to your car. Evenings are recommended because the wax will have more time to dry. Remember to apply the waxing tips to your car from top to bottom. There’s just no way to cut corners on this job.
The age of your car
Some people have the notion that only older cars need waxing, not brand new ones. Yes, your brand new car has been prepped up by your dealer, but don’t you want to maintain that showroom shiny appearance? Besides, waxing your car can protect it from the elements that may damage its clear coat. Meanwhile, older cars can really benefit from an increased frequency in polishing and waxing because these can restore their old glory. Although, the dos and don’ts of waxing the car must be considered.
The way you use it
Let’s face it – some people treat cars as prized possessions while others treat them as ordinary vehicles to take them anywhere they please. For the first group, waxing is not a question – they love to wax their cars anytime they please. The latter must wax their cars at least four times a year if they want their vehicles’ paint to last longer.
The type of product you use
How often should you wax your car also depends on whether you are using carnauba wax or polymer sealant. Carnauba gives great-looking shine for a short period of time – about four to six weeks while polymer sealants can last up to four months but they do not give the same sheen as carnauba wax. If you want to give your car that showroom shiny appearance all the time, then by all means, go for carnauba wax, even if it means waxing it once every one and a half months. Otherwise, an ample application of polymer sealant will do.
How often should you wash your car? It really boils down to how much you value your car.If you really love your car, why don’t you pamper it with the care it deserves? Schedule an appointment for presidential detail and experience what the true definition of car waxing is all about.
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