Washing and Waxing Regularly Prolongs the Life of Paint
How Often Should you Wash and Wax your Vehicle?
For many car owners, regular car cleaning is a given. It’s unfortunate, though, that some do not realize how essential it is to make car waxing and auto detailing part of their car’s regular maintenance routine, aside from just regular washing.
Your car paint makes your car look good. More than its aesthetic function, however, it is also the job of your car paint to protect your car’s metal from rust and corrosion. This is why auto detailing and keeping your car paint in good condition is more than just for vanity’s sake. The consequence of not maintaining the internal components of your car is much more risky than neglecting to maintain its external component, i.e. your paint job. But when it comes to resale value, neglecting your paint job will have as much a negative effect as not doing regular mechanical parts maintenance.
Wax helps keep your car looking good as new by making it easier to clean (because dirt and grime will not stick as easily to a waxed car and in case it does, it’s much easier to just wipe off) and prolonging its glossiness. Wax helps protect your car by providing it with a thin layer of film that serves as a shield from nature’s elements, preserving your paint’s oils, preventing oxidation from taking place and dulling your paint’s finish. Some wax varieties have sunscreen, which means your car paint is not likely to fade as fast.
So what exactly do you have to protect your car paint from?
Solar rays. You know well enough how important it is to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Question is, are you aware that your car also needs that kind of protection as well? Just like your skin, your car’s paint has pores too. And under the hot glare of the sun, your car paint’s pores expand and tend to absorb moisture and different kinds of dirt. With wax, your car paint will be protected.
Tree sap/bird droppings. One of the best ways to protect your car is to park it in a garage or a covered area. But what about when you go out for a picnic? As much as possible, when there isn’t any covered parking, you choose to park under the shade of a tree, right? Sure, this is good to keep the sun’s rays out. At the same time, it’s the perfect spot to become the recipient of sticky tree sap and acidic bird droppings. Tree sap is like a magnet that attracts dust, dirt and grime. The acidity of bird droppings is strong enough to damage your paint finish. As such, you should remove tree sap and bird droppings as soon as you can.
Airborne contaminants. Aside from the usual dirt and dust, there are other floating particles that can contribute to the early deterioration of your car paint. This includes soot from chimneys, construction by-products, and other particles from various manufacturing plants.
When should you have your car waxed?
The answer will depend on who you are asking. Typically, wax manufacturers will recommend wax application every 45 days. Auto detailers will recommend waxing once a month, especially if you do not have your own garage.
Aside from these recommendations, there’s also a common test that’s used to determine if it’s time for a wax job or not. It’s referred to as the Bead Test. Here’s what to do.
While washing your car, observe how the water behaves on your car surface. If it forms nice beads, your wax is still doing its job. But if the water forms large sheets instead of beads, then it’s time for a new wax job.
At a minimum you should wash and wax before the changing of seasons: early in the fall and the middle of spring.
Let Big Sky Collision Center do the Dirty Work
Don’t have time to wash, vacuum, clean, and wax your vehicle? We can take care of that for you! Bring your car to Big Sky Collision Center for a full auto detailing in Billings. We will get it looking spotless, and keep it protected.
Call us at 406-259-6328 to learn more and to schedule a time when you can have your vehicle detailed with professional care.