Last Updated on 5 months by Ollie Barker
Do you need to wax your car? How many layers of wax you should use on your car? These are common questions, and the answer is usually dependent on the type of car you have. I’ll answer your waxing questions.
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What is Car Wax?
Car Wax is a liquid substance or solid that you apply to your car’s paint. This liquid or solid helps protect your car from the elements. UV rays, Rain, and a host of other things will attack your car’s paint, so waxing is an integral part of making sure your car looks good and stays looking good for a long time.
Wondering: Time needs to wax a car?!
Types of Car Wax
Your car will need waxing if it has painted. Cars that are older than 10 or 15 years will benefit from the application of wax. If your car looks brand new, you can do without a coat of wax.
Natural Car Wax
A good type of natural car wax is Carnauba. This hard paste wax protects your car’s paint and makes it shine more than synthetic types of waxes do. You should use pure carnauba, but it is quite expensive compared to synthetic types of waxes.
Synthetic Car Wax
Most synthetic car waxes are made of polymers and oils. You want to use synthetic wax that is compatible with your car’s clear coat. This wax is usually cheaper than a natural one, and it works as well as a natural one does.
It will protect your paint from the elements and make it shine like a new penny. You should apply each layer about 15 minutes apart, then remove the layers with a microfiber towel.
How to Choose The Right Car Wax
To choose the right car wax, you must first know what your car is made out of. Cars made from aluminum or other types of metals use an acid wash to clean their paint. You will want a wax that protects your paint against this acid wash and anything else that may come in contact with it. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you what kind of materials it is made from, so follow the directions given by the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Then you need to decide how much of your car is in contact with the elements and water. If your car will get wet often, you may want a wax that is highly protective.
To start, I would recommend two coats of wax that is made for the type of paint your car has, one coat before the weather gets cold, like fall or winter. That’s just good common sense.
The second coat should be applied in the spring or summer when you are washing your car because at that time the sun and wet weather will tend to damage the paint.
For cars that will primarily stay indoors, or in a garage, I would suggest using a carnauba wax every three months during the spring and summer. That way you can get maximum protection from damage by water or UV rays.
The most important thing is to use a good quality of wax to protect your paint.
How Many Layers of Wax You Should Use on Your Car
The number of layers you use really depends on what you plan to do with your car. If you want a flawless shine, then I would recommend adding an extra layer or two to your wax each time.
If you are going to be doing a lot of car washes or if you plan to wax your car every month, then it is not necessary to add extra layers of wax. Also, don’t worry about getting the paint bubbles out in between coats, because they will usually disappear after the first few layers.
As far as application, I recommend applying the wax thinly and evenly with a microfiber towel. Again, do not overlap too much wax on top of old wax.
How Long Does Car Wax Last?
Normal car wax will last about six months before it wears off. If your car gets a lot of rain, snow, or is outdoors a lot, you should wax your car more often.
If you take care of your car and keep it out of the sun for inside storage, carnauba wax can last about a year. This means that you don’t have to wax your car every month, but you should make sure it is well-covered with wax every three months.
If you park under the redwood trees in your backyard or if your car is near other cars that are parked in the sun, then it will need to be waxed more often. If you want to make sure that your car stays looking great, keep it out of the sun.
If you live in an area that has a lot of suns, like a desert or beach area, you should wax your car at least once a year. You want to protect your car’s paint from dryness as well as water and UV rays.
How to Wax Your Car
To wax your car you just need to follow these simple steps:
1. Wash the car. Avoid getting any wax on the paint because it will make it look dirty again. Also, avoid getting wax on the windshield. This will cause streaking of your windshield, and that can be very frustrating when you are driving in the rain or snow. So, wash your car completely before applying any type of wax.
2. Wax on a cool car. This makes the wax go on easier and saves your car’s paint from heat damage. It’s best to wax your car in the morning or early afternoon when the sun isn’t at its hottest.
3. Use two or three disposable terry cloth or microfiber towels to apply a thin layer of wax over the whole car, just like you would polish it. Use plenty of wax to cover the car, and do not overlap the wax too much.
4. Remove the wax by pressing it lightly with a microfiber terry cloth or towel. This is done right before you re-wax your car again for another coat. Use a thin layer of wax, again making sure that it goes on smoothly all over your car. You don’t need to get all of it on at once.
5. Remove the wax with a microfiber terry cloth or towel. Waxing is a simple process, and it makes your paint look great. It will protect it from damage, and make it look new for a long time.
Need to Know: Polish a car before waxing NECESSARY!?
What Car Waxes Suit My Needs?
Many brands make high-quality waxes for automobiles, and there are mainly two options: paste or liquid. Paste waxes are much easier to apply, while the liquid is more convenient. The type of wax you choose is based on the car and the weather in which you will be working on your car.
Car Waxes FAQs
1. What Is Car Wax?
Car wax is a protective layer that is applied to the paint of a vehicle, forming a barrier between the paint and the dangerous elements. Paint protection wax can be used on any kind of automobile, car or truck, or SUV to protect it from harmful UV rays and other environmental damages such as acid rain and bird droppings.
2. What Are the Different Types of Car Wax Available?
The best car waxes available in the market are Glossy Car Wax, High Gloss Car Wax, Crystal Clear Plastic Wax, Natural Plastic Wax, Two-Krystal Polish Plastic Wax, and Polymer Protection Plastic Wax.
3. What Is the Difference Between Natural Car Wax and Synthetic Car Wax?
Natural car wax is a blend of multiple natural oils. Synthetic car wax is just chemicals mixed together. A whole lot of chemicals can be toxic to us and the environment.
4. What Are the Different Types of Waxes Used in Cars?
The two popular types of car waxes are Liquid Wax and Paste Wax.
5. What is Liquid Wax?
Liquid wax has water added to it. The water itself makes the wax creamy and spreadable. It can be applied by hand or with a paint applicator, depending on how thickly you desire to apply it. It is also easier to remove than paste waxes because there are no long-lasting fibers left behind on the surface of the paint that is difficult to remove using polishing compounds and buffing wheels.
Waxing a car is a fun and easy way to keep your car’s paint looking great. It’s also a great way to protect your paint from UV rays, dirt, and water damage.
There are many types of waxes available on the market these days. I have not found any brand that actually works better than another when it comes to protecting a car’s paint from damage. That’s why I recommend buying whatever brand you like best.
Hi, My name is Ollie Barker.
With 25 years working in repair and detailing shops. I’d love to share my tips & tricks to all car lovers. Also, give my recommendations on which products are the best to have on the market.
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