We all know it’s important to regularly get your vehicle washed, but how many of us also regularly visit our local car wash for a car wax? Waxing your vehicle helps “lock in” the latest wash while also giving it a protective coating for the road. Let’s take a look at five of the top benefits of waxing your vehicle:
1. Waxing Your Vehicle Creates a Protective Layer Against Light Scratches
Light scratches to your vehicle are loosely defined as things that do damage that isn’t very noticeable, such as a tree branch scratching the side of your vehicle, sometimes people open their car door with their keys in hand, which creates a tiny ding on the side. There are all sorts of things that cause light scratches, making them essentially unavoidable. That’s why you need to armor up with a car wax.
Preventing these light scratches is a no-brainer to those who like their vehicle looking flawless, but everyone should take the necessary precautions to project their vehicle by having it waxed regularly. Even if minor scratches don’t look like much on the surface, they can get “infected” just the same as a small cut on your body, but it’s not bacteria that leads to more damage with cars–it’s usually moisture which corrodes the paint.
Getting your vehicle waxed can also fill in some of those minor scratches and help prevent further damage.
Waxing your vehicle gives you a solid layer of protection against the most minor scratches, which can keep your vehicle’s exterior in top-shape both in appearance and performance.
2. Waxing Your Vehicle Gets You Out of Sticky Situations With Nature
Here in Texas, there are a lot of sticky things that can land on your car, from tree sap, to bugs, to the presents birds leave us when we park under their tree. When these sticky substances land on an unwaxed vehicle, they start to cake on to the surface and integrate into the paint. The heat of the sun makes them cake on even harder making them difficult to remove without taking paint with them.
A layer of wax makes these substances easier to clean off because you have a layer of protection between the substance and your paint. Furthermore, many waxes have properties that make them resistant to dirt and environmental pollutants, so that you can hose them off without scratching your vehicle.
3. Waxing Your Vehicle Gives it UV Protection
The sun that produces ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage our skin can also damage our vehicles. That’s why especially in summer, it’s important to give your vehicle some sunscreen in the form of wax.
Most high-quality car waxes offer UV protection, which prevents a number of common problems including:
- Fading or peeling paint
- Clouding headlights
- Washed out spots on your car
It is true that darker-colored vehicles are more prone to suffering UV damage than light-colored vehicles, and red paint is known to fade the fastest. But that doesn’t mean light-colored vehicles have nothing to worry about–your car’s interior is one of the most vulnerable spots–especially if you have leather seats. For interior protection, you’ll want to look into interior auto detailing services. Learn more about the benefits of interior auto detailing here.
4. Waxing Your Vehicle Makes it Water Repellent
Moisture-repellent features are good for two main reasons:
- It repels environmental pollutants, from bird droppings to acid rain
- It makes your vehicle easier to clean, and keeps corrosive soaps off your paint.
While most car waxes are moisture repellent, they are not always moisture resistant. If you get caught in heavy rain not long after getting your car waxed, chances are you’ll be wanting to wax it again sooner than if you hadn’t been stuck in that rain.
Over time, wax will wear off your vehicle, which is why you should have a fresh coat reapplied every so often after getting your car washed. That way you lock out dirt and other contaminants while locking in a clean and spotless car.
5. Waxing Your Vehicle Makes it Shine
If nothing else, it’s hard to argue with how good your car looks after it’s been waxed. Sometimes, what’s on the outside counts just as much as what’s on the inside. And while you can’t always judge a book by its cover, vehicles are a different story.
Having that squeaky clean look as you drive off from the car wash affects how others perceive you, and it affects how you feel behind the wheel of your vehicle. Sure, getting your car waxed has a ton of benefits that keep up the health and value of your vehicle, but at the end of the day getting a wax also looks and feels awesome.
What is Car Wax Made Of?
Ingredients can vary, but traditionally car waxes are made from plant-based oils such as carnauba wax (which is edible and also used as a coating for candy). Modern waxes are sometimes made with plastic-based ingredients which can last longer but they don’t produce the same sort of shine as the plant-based waxes.
How Often Should You Wax Your Vehicle?
As a general rule, experts suggest you should have your vehicle waxed at least 2-4 times per year, or once for every season.
That said, if your vehicle spends more time in the garage than on the road, you’ll probably be okay with fewer waxes. If your vehicle spends a lot of time outdoors, you’ll want to get it waxed more often–especially if you have a red car.
It is possible to over wax a vehicle, which doesn’t necessarily cause damage, but you’ll be able to see the buildup of wax and a plethora of cloudy spots that would otherwise be perfectly shiny and clean.
Where Should You Go to Get Your Vehicle Waxed?
Most car washes will offer professional auto wax services, and some will even offer ceramic coating which is essentially a more permanent car wax and an even tougher layer of protection for your vehicle. To learn more about ceramic coating, click here
If you’re ever in the Dallas area, stop by one of our Wash Guys locations!