Yes. Although car manufacturers add a layer of clear coat to seal and protect your car’s paint from environmental abuse, that environmental abuse still causes the surface of your car to get hazy and the shine to subside.
Generally, there is no damage to the color layer below because of the clear coat, but the environment will still diminish your car’s shine.
The reason to wax is to keep your car looking shiny and sleek. It also helps to keep your clear coat strong and less vulnerable to accelerated wear.
How Often Does My Car Need To Be Waxed?
Typically, it’s a good idea to wax your vehicle once every three months. In the Midwest, it might be beneficial to wax more often as your car is exposed to harsher conditions: salt, snow, excess rain, gravel. Generally, cars in colder climates require more waxing than those in warmer climates.
If you’re curious about the life of your car’s last wax job, try the water beading test. During your wash, look at how the water acts on the surface. If it beads up nicely, your last wax job is still intact. If the water doesn’t bead and forms large sheets on the surface, it’s time for a wax.
How Should I Wax My Car?
Park in a cool, shady place. For best results, the car’s surface should be no more than warm to the touch.
Step 1: Wash your car to remove the gritty residue that accumulates on the surface of the finish. If this step isn’t done properly, the residue could cause scratches in later steps. Use a genuine car wash product, and avoid normal dish soap, laundry soap, and household cleaners. They are designed to dissolve grease and can damage the car’s finish.
Step 2: Inspect the paint for above-the-surface contaminants such as a film of tree sap, bird droppings, or pollen. Sweep your hand along the paint. If it does not feel as smooth as glass, use a clay bar (cleaner) designed for car care. It’s mildly abrasive to shear off and remove these contaminants.
Clean a section of the vehicle at a time, removing the cleaner with a microfiber towel. Your paint should now feel smooth and free of swirls and defects.
Step 3 (Optional): Polishes add shine but do not protect the finish, so this step is to add luster back into your car. Apply the polish with a foam applicator pad on one section of the car at a time, removing the polish with a microfiber towel after the product becomes hazy. Don’t allow the polish to dry completely.
Step 4: Now, apply a liquid or paste wax, applying it in small, circular, overlapping strokes using a foam applicator pad. Work one section of the vehicle at a time. Remove the wax with a microfiber towel.
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