28 May Do I Need To Wax My Car?
The answer is probably yes. Waxing has always made cars extra shiny. That’s not withstanding the case today, but both modern paint jobs and wax formulations have improved a great deal in late years. The paint used to be just that point. A new car produced a layer of primer and a few coats of colored lacquer, and that was it. Wax not only applied the paint a good gloss, it was also the lone line of defense against scratches.
Starting in the 1980s, manufacturers set about adding a layer of clear coat, which seals the paint and adds to the effulgence of the automobile. The clear coat also needs the environmental abuse. Things like ultraviolet light, ozone, exhaust, salt, dirt, rain, bug guts, and bird poop build up tiny scratches and oxidation on the clear coat’s surface.
As the paint ages, that damage causes the surface to go hazy and the shine to subside, but there’s generally no damage to the color layer below. Not waxing will leave the car looking dull and the clear coat vulnerable to accelerated wear. Waxing provides a sacrificial layer on upper side of the clear coat so that when you remove dirt and such you’re not directly rubbing the paint. Wax is must for every six months period.