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Why You Should Wax Your Automobile
Waxing can be one of the best ways to protect your car. Learn its benefits and how you can check to see if it needs waxing.
You have probably heard before that waxing is good for your car. But why exactly? Simply put, waxing is to a car what sunscreen is to a human. It keeps your vehicle shiny and its color vibrant. It protects paint from UV damage and airborne contaminants by providing an extra layer that comes between contaminant and the clear coat. Also, if you plan on keeping your car for a long time and at some point selling it, it is a good idea to invest in waxing on a regular basis now rather than later to preserve its resale value.
Aside from preventing damage to the paint of your car, waxing also makes washing easier. Anything dirty that may have gotten on your car will be easily wiped off during a car wash. Also, paint chips can be prevented, as wax makes the surface smooth and tiny debris will slide off more easily instead of damaging the paint. In fact, this smooth surface may even help with improving your MPG, as it causes less friction and allows for efficient airflow!Lastly, waxing can fill in tiny scratches in your car. It will certainly not remove them completely, but will make them less apparent.
But shouldn't the clear coat that comes with your car at the time of the initial purchase be sufficient for protection? Many car detailers say that an extra layer of protection never hurts. So instead of having the clear coat take the abuse, you can have the wax layer take the hit.
How often should you wax your car? Ideally, you should do it every 2 to 4 months. It is recommended that you do it more frequently rather than applying a thick coat, as a thin coat allows for the application to bond more effectively. However, the frequency also depends on how much external stress your vehicle is exposed to. Some of the elements that may affect the paint are weather factors such as rain, wind, and smog, as well as other environmental factors like bird droppings and tree sap.
You can perform an easy test on your car to see if it needs waxing. Put a few drops of water on it and see how well water beads up on its surface. If water beads up well, the wax on your car is doing its job. If not, it is recommended that you get the vehicle waxed. Visit this website for more information on car scratch repairs in Raleigh.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at Tumblr blog.
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