Different Types of Car Waxes
There are Many Different Car Waxes to Protect Your Vehicle
Even if some people might consider waxing as an extraneous rather than an essential part of car maintenance, it cannot be denied that a car that undergoes regular waxing will look better for longer compared to a car that doesn’t. Acting as a protectant and a sealant, a good car wax will help maintain the integrity of your car paint by keeping dust, pollution, rain spots, bird droppings, tree sap, dead insects, road tar, and other environmental and weather elements away from it. Car wax will preserve your car’s glossy shine, and also prevent early corrosion of your car’s exterior.
But with so many car waxes to choose from, how do you know which to use? Big Sky Collision Center, your auto body specialists here in Billings, give you the run down on how each type works.
What are the types of car waxes available?
Car wax can be classified into two main categories: natural and synthetic; and three basic forms: liquid, paste, and spray.
Natural Car Wax: Generally more expensive but often regarded as the better choice, natural car wax is derived either partly or entirely from plants. The most common type of natural car wax is the carnauba car wax. Derived from the Brazil-grown Copernica Cerifa plant, carnauba, in its pure form or combined with oil and other petroleum products, is a major component in most natural car waxes available in the market today. Natural car waxes (both carnauba-based ones and other natural forms) provide superior paint protection and an admirable deep glossy finish, but require regular re-application as most usually last a couple of months at the most.
Synthetic Car Wax: Just as its name implies, a synthetic car wax is made from chemicals (certainly not the best choice if you are an advocate of green and healthy living). Because of the materials it is made of, synthetic car wax is more affordable than natural car wax and is therefore more widely available and commonly used. Usually sold in spray or liquid form (liquid is used loosely, usually the consistency of shampoo), synthetic car wax is easier to apply, buffs out more easily, and lasts longer than natural car wax. The tradeoff? It cannot replicate the glow that natural car wax can provide.
Liquid Wax: Best wax for cleaning and lasts the longest. While it is probably the most commonly used form of car wax, liquid wax is a bit difficult to apply evenly because it dries fairly quickly (typically within a minute, depending on factors like temperature, sunlight, and wind).
Paste Wax: Although it provides better protection and a deeper gloss, its overall effect is not as good as liquid wax. Paste wax is harder to apply and requires proper tools, instead of just a simple microfiber cloth. It’s not as durable as well and may require re-application more often than other forms of car wax.
Spray Wax: Ideal for new cars that have superior quality finishes, it’s the fastest way to protect your car’s paint, and perfect for spot-polishing portions of your vehicle. It’s the easiest wax to apply and can be wiped off without the need for drying. However, it’s not good for cleaning even though it’s the one that’s least likely to leave unsightly stains on plastic parts.
Car waxing tip
Whatever your purpose is for waxing your car, and whatever car wax type you choose, always remember this: For best results, only apply wax to your vehicle after it has been cleaned thoroughly, dried completely, and while it is parked under a covered or shaded area.
Big Sky Collision Details Cars!
Did you know that you don’t have to spend your Saturday washing, vacuuming, waxing, and cleaning your car? At Big Sky Collision Center, we can do that for you! A vacuum and wash is just $49; a full detail is $175(check out this note on our Facebook page for details on the auto detailing), and the full detail with a hand wax and polish is $595. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to bring your vehicle in.
Of course if you want to do an experiment, and see how the different car waxes work on your vehicle, we would love to hear the results!