What Does Car Wax And Sunscreen Have In Common?
Imagine that you are going to spend a sun filled day at the beach. Think about the items you could take with you: a towel, beach chair, an umbrella, sunscreen, sand toys and surf board. Each item enhances your day in a different way from applying sunscreen, relaxing in the beach chair, to surfing waves and playing in the sand. If you didn’t take the time to carefully plan out your list you would limit your experience and not have as much fun. Let’s take sunscreen for example, if you forgot sunscreen you would undoubtedly get sunburned. The effects wouldn’t set in immediately but the next couples of days would be filled with pain, irritation and lathering yourself in aloe. Not to mention long-term problems associated with too much unprotected sun exposure. The truth is automotive wax is as essential to protecting your car from the sun as sunscreen is protecting your skin.
The Basics: What Is Car Wax?
A wax is a protective coating made from natural carnauba wax (from a Brazilian palm tree) and other types of natural and synthetic polymers that provide superior depth and shine to paint that is otherwise impossible to achieve. Another product on the market today is a paint sealant. A paint sealant is similar to a wax but is a completely synthetic blend of polymers made by chemists. Both products enhance your cars appearance and protect it from the elements such as acid rain, road salt, UV rays, corrosion, tar, bug guts and bird droppings.
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How To Tell When Your Car Needs Waxed?
There are two tell tale signs of when you need to wax your car. First, feel the surface of your car’s paint. Does it feel rough and gritty? If so, there is a good chance it needs to be waxed and at the very least needs to be washed. Second, is to test a small section of the car (1ft by 1ft area) by pouring a small amount of water on it to see if water beads on the surface. It’s important to clean the small section first because dirt and contamination sitting on top of the wax can prevent the water from beading.
How To Extend The Lifespan Of Wax?
Waxes have a lifespan of 1-3 months and sealants 6-12 months. Several factors come into play when determining how long a product will last. First, make sure your car’s paint is completely clean. Give your car a thorough wash and then feel the surface of the paint again. If it still feels dirty or gritty, it’s an indication that there are bonded contaminates on the surface that can only be removed by using auto detailing clay. It’s incredibly important to apply wax to a clean surface because the products are made to bond to paint, not to dirt and contamination.
Another factor lifespan factor is the climate and how your car is stored. The less time your car spends out in the elements and in the sun the better. Hot and humid climates really take a toll on wax and can drastically shorten its lifespan.
Do I Need To Wax My New Car?
Yes, new cars are no exception. The best way to keep your car looking brand new is to keep it protected from the elements. Think back to the beach trip example. The best way to protect your skin from the sun is to apply sunscreen and stay in the shade; both apply to protecting your new car.If possible keep your car out of the sun as much as possible and always keep it waxed. A regularly washed and waxed car will stay looking brand new years longer than if you just washed your car.
Author: Kean Moore
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