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Why Wax Your Car

Waxing provides more than just a beautiful shine to your car, regular waxing helps to protect and preserve your vehicle for years to come, but here are some other reasons to wax your car: 

  • Protection from environmental exposure – by leaving a thin coating on the paint, wax provides a barrier to limit damage from tree sap, road salt, bird droppings, and brake dust on your clearcoat.
  • Protection from Ultraviolet Rays – the sun can be very damaging to vehicles as the UV rays can fade, discolor, or even cause your paint to fail. Think of wax as a type of sunscreen for your paint.
  • Hydrophobic protection – Wax naturally repels water and water on your paint can act like a glue for dirt, pollen, and other abrasives that cause damage to your paint. 
  • Prolongs the life of the paint – There’s nothing quite like factory paint, and regular cleaning and waxing will not only keep your paint looking new, but also increases the appeal and resale value of your vehicle as well! 

A vehicle is the second-largest purchase you’ll likely make and keeping that purchase protected goes a long way for the overall appearance and longevity of your vehicle. Some customers have told us “My car has a clear coat, so it doesn’t need to be waxed.”  This is not a true statement. A two-stage paint system consists of a base coat (for color), and a clear coat (for gloss). Waxes help protect that outer layer of paint from contaminants and premature failure. 

There are a variety of factors that can play a role in shortening the life of the wax such as parking outside, salt, snow, road grime, highway driving, pollution, stringency of washing detergents (by hand or at car washes) and other environmental abrasives. Because of this, we recommend polishing and waxing (either a wax or polymer sealant) on average at least twice a year.  Once water lies flat on your paint’s surface rather than bubble-like, it’s time for a good coat of wax.