What's The Best Wax To Use?
After taking all the steps to get our car ready for waxing, you usually want to make sure the last step protects the paint the best to make future work easy. A good coat of wax can make future washes a breeze, make those bugs come right off, and help prevent bird poop or other contaminants from leaving stains. Often times when it comes to detailing our cars we are stuck looking for the best protection option for our paint. There used to just be a paste wax in a can and that was the only option. However, as time passed and technology advanced, new options came to be available.
There are several options to choose from now including spray wax, paste wax, and even liquid wax. All having a benefit in which the other doesn't have. The choice really comes down to a few factors. So lets take a look at the choices and review what is best for your vehicle.
Even though spray wax is still partially a liquid car wax, it contains the same great ingredients that traditional waxes have. Spray waxes provide a great durable shine and UV protection. With up to an incredible two months of durability spray wax can be a great choice for those looking to give their car protection quickly and have the time to do it every so often.
The spray wax is a great alternative for traditional waxes because of its simplicity. Spray wax is one of the most effective ways to wax your car quickly and easily. Spray wax can also be a great for in between maintenance details. Those details where you take a few extra steps after a wash, but don't go as far as decontaminating the paint, claying, and even polishing. You could easily follow every wash or every other wash with a quick spray wax to maintain the finish for longer.
Spray car waxes work great with your car and they are very easy to apply, leaving a great shine to the exterior. It should take less than a quarter of an hour to wax the entire surface of your car. Having a spray wax means you don't necessarily need to buff the wax. While there are some spray waxes consisting of more solids requiring time lapsed between spraying on and wiping it off, there are many that don't require as much.
Liquid wax contains the same protective benefits on spray wax with added durability and length in which the car will remain protected. Because liquid wax is usually applied and left on the car to dry before removal there is a better bond to the clear coat. Liquid wax compared to spray wax requires more effort however it is less effort then a paste wax requires. Because a liquid wax goes on with ease and doesn't require much elbow grease you can still get your waxing done quickly and have great results. A liquid wax can also be applied by machine which some prefer to use as they believe results would be better and quicker. A buffer and orbital can help obtain the same benefits as a paste wax with reduction of minor swirls and oxidization. Liquid wax can be a great way to protect your car in a quick and efficient manner.
Past wax, a more traditional method of applying wax offers perhaps the longest lasting protection via wax. Because while you apply your buffing into the surface your generally taking an extra step of slight abrasion causing the clear coat to become smoother and allow for a better bond. Additionally, paste wax is not diluted with water or any other elements to take away from its content. A paste wax however can vary in carnauba content which can provide a better, more durable, protection. Higher content is usually better. However, naturally carnauba is as hard as rock so be wary of waxes that claim to be 100% as this is generally false. A paste wax is an excellent way to give your car the best shine you can without polishing. If you use a paste wax your car after polishing be prepared for insane reflection and deep wet look. Here at Detailing Connect, paste has always been our favorite!
- Compared to paste wax, liquid waxes are gentler on your car’s finish. They are a better choice for newer cars or those with well-preserved finishes.
- Liquid wax is easier to apply and buff off.
- Paste wax typically contains more solvents and wax than liquid formulas, making paste more effective in removing oxidized paint, embedded dirt and small imperfections.
- Paste wax contains micro fillers that can smooth out uneven, pitted surfaces, and help hide small imperfections.
- The downside of paste wax: it requires more physical effort to apply and buff off.
- Paste wax may be the best choice if your car’s finish has been compromised by climactic conditions such as constant dust erosion or prolonged, intense sunlight.
- Both liquid and paste waxes can be found today with UV protection in the formulation. (Think of it as sunscreen for your car.)
- Most importantly any kind of wax coating is better than none; it provides a water-repellent barrier and protection against road salt.