To Wax or Not to Wax
If you’ve ever wondered if waxing your vehicle is truly necessary, you are not alone. For many, it’s an extra step in the vehicle-washing process, and one that there just isn’t enough time for because “why would I need to wax my vehicle anyway?”
However, the truth of the matter is that car waxing is actually quite important, and not just for the purpose of making your vehicle look nice and shiny. Waxing is an important step in protecting your vehicle’s exterior from sand, salt and other materials on the road. Additionally, wax helps protect your vehicle from the sun and other elements. Regular vehicle washes and waxes are indeed a necessary step in the vehicle maintenance process. With a combination of both, your vehicle’s exterior should remain in good condition for years to come.
The good news is that waxing your vehicle is no longer the arduous task that it once was. New formulas make it easier than ever to apply and offer longer lasting protection for your vehicle. Spray-on waxes are also available, which make the process even easier.
Follow these tips to get the most out of waxing:
- Wax your vehicle at least twice a year – once before winter and once at the beginning of spring. For optimum protection, wax your vehicle four times per year.
- When selecting a wax, experts recommend using newer liquid or paste waxes because they provide the longest-lasting protection.
- Keep your vehicle parked in a cool, shady place while you are washing and waxing it.
- Once your vehicle is clean, wax it, using a microfiber towel, which is gentler on a vehicle’s finish than other materials.
- When applying a liquid or paste wax, use small, circular overlapping strokes, working on one section of the vehicle at a time. Remove any remaining residue with a clean portion of your microfiber towel.