How to choose the best wax for your paint, climate and driving conditions

Looking after your cars paint work can help the vehicle stay looking as good as new after many miles of driving. Not only does this make the car more attractive and pleasant to drive, it also can increase the vehicles second-hand value. Car wax is one way to keep your cars paint work looking great. Here are the most important facts that you need to know about car wax.

Types of wax. People use different waxes for different reasons and have done so for many years. These include vegetables waxes, like carnauba; animal waxes such as beeswax and synthetic waxes. You can also buy mineral-fossil waxes and petroleum, paraffin-based waxes. Your choice of wax will depend on your budget and requirements. Car waxes combine these ingredients with water, solvents, colors and sometimes abrasives.

What to look for in a car wax. There are a number of factors to consider when buying a car wax. You need to know how easy it is to apply. Some waxes will look great but may take many hours to apply. You need to know how easy it is to remove. To apply a new coat, you normally have to remove the remains of the last coat. To understand how much protection it will offer, you want to know how durable it is. The resistance to soap is important, too, as you need to be able to continue to wash the car in between wax applications. Everyone has a budget, so price is important, as well.

Choosing a wax. Retailers sell car waxes in liquid, crème and paste forms. Some of these different forms are easier to use than others, and experienced wax users tend to find one form that they particularly like using. The definition of a good car wax depends on what you are looking for and will very often be a case of trial and error. As a principle, it is reasonable to expect that the more expensive the wax is, the better the results will be. Again, this is something that you will learn through trial and error.

Applying wax. It is important to ensure that the car is thoroughly cleaned first. Particles of dust and grit may scratch the paint when you apply the wax. Apply the wax according to the manufacturers instructions, and use a terrycloth rag to rub the wax, in one direction. Switch to a soft, lint-free cloth to rub in the other direction to bring the shine out. It is always better to apply wax on a warmer day, as it easier to work with.

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