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Why Wax Your Car? Answers from a Collision Repair Technician

Summer’s nice weather makes washing your car much less of a chore. But how likely are you to follow your car wash session by applying a restorative layer of wax? Is waxing your car really worth the extra time and effort?

For expert-level answers, we took these questions up with our Collision Reconditioning Technology students and instructors. Read on to see what they had to say!

Why Wax Your CarWaxing 101: What Is Wax?

What makes cars look so shiny when they’re new? Wax! It lays on top of your car’s protective clear coat, sealing in the paint job underneath.

As you add miles onto your car, park it outside, and let nature run its course, your car’s clear wax coat takes a beating. But that’s what it’s there for, to protect your vehicle’s primary color paint layer from damage in the form of chips and scratches as well as effects from the environment like pine sap, dirt, and bugs.

Wax On. Wax Off. How Long Does Wax on Your Car Last?

Because wax acts as your vehicle’s most exposed outer coating, it’s not meant to last forever. But how long it does last depends on a variety of factors, like if you park your car outside or in the garage.

Over time and as the seasons change, your car’s wax layer gets used up and the clear coat is susceptible to accelerated wear. When the factors mentioned above wreak havoc on your car without wax, you might notice your vehicle start to lose its former shine. Our collision techs recommend waxing your car (following a wash) twice a year. Here’s why:

Car Waxing Benefits

Keep your car looking like new. Waxing works to maintain the glossy, eye-catching, new-car look of your vehicle’s outer shell for the long haul.

Get the most mileage out of your car’s paint job. Reapplying your car’s protective wax coat every six months keeps its fundamental paint layer intact. Otherwise, with each wash, you’d actually be scrubbing directly at the paint!

Save money on costly touch-ups. Today’s paint matching process has come a long way, but getting minor scratches and dings filled in routinely gets costly quick. Prevent paint-level scratches from the start by applying wax at the recommended interval.

Waxing keeps your car’s paint protected and looking glossy and great. After they fix, sand, and repaint a panel, students in ATC’s Collision Reconditioning Technology Program learn to always apply a final coat of wax to preserve their hard work.

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2 thoughts on “Why Wax Your Car? Answers from a Collision Repair Technician

  1. Andrea Colon

    I have a 2007 Nissan Versa body in great shape what’s a good wax,and when I get a wash I have the wax put on.

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