Maybe you think waxing your car is only for sports cars, new cars, and those with a car obsession, but it’s actually good car hygiene and maintenance. While neglecting the paint job may not lead to mechanical performance issues, it will result in a lower resale value, just like if you never changed your oil or got a tune up. Regular exterior maintenance will keep your car looking new for years after purchase.
And waxing goes beyond the merely cosmetic. Waxing helps to protect the paint job and clear coat on your car by preserving oils in the paint that help to prevent oxidation and a dulled finish. Regular waxing also protects the paint from the daily wear and tear our cars get from being exposed to the outside world. Wind, rain, hail, and ultraviolet rays from the sun – are just a few of the typical exposures that can take their toll on your car’s finish. Cold climates are harsher for a car’s exterior than warmer climes.
One great reason to wax your car that many people might not know is that a wax will make you car much easier to clean. When you inevitably get bugs, bird poop, and all other sorts of things dripping onto your car, the wax will prevent them from making contact with your paint. They will then be wiped away with a car wash or will come off when the wax is removed. Without a coat of wax, you might need to get some expensive detailing work done.
How often should you wax?
Generally it is a good idea to wax your vehicle once every six months. If your car is exposed to particularly harsh conditions you can wax more often. Harsh conditions include, excess rain, salt or snow or dirt.
How can you tell it’s time?
The water beading test makes for a good rule of thumb. To test, check the condition of the droplets on the car while it’s being washed. If the water beads up, the old wax job is sufficient; if the water forms sheets on the exterior, it’s time to apply a new coating of wax.