the past decade, car manufacturers have
different paint systems to improve durability. In the 1980's domestic
cars had conventional
finishes, that is, a pigmented enamel coat
on top of the primer. Today, 96% of all new cars have a base coat/clear
coat finish, which is comprised
of a thin color coat covered by a clear acrylic
or enamel urethane coat. This clear coat finish is only 2 mils thick—about
the thickness of an ordinary plastic trash bag. Daily wear
and tear on a car's clear coat finish may leave it with swirl marks or
signs of oxidation. To the eye, it means a dull and hazy looking appearance.
This is sometimes referred to as clear coat haze.
Your car's finish provides more than beauty. Over time, a car's paint erodes
due to the effects of sunlight, UV radiation, acid rain, salt, dirt, and
air pollution. Wax your car every six months with a quality wax or polish.
More frequent waxes are needed if your car is red, black or white because
these colors are more susceptible to acid rain and UV rays.
|We’ve all been
told that a good wax job on your vehicle
will protect the finish. Regular waxing will
protect your automotive investment over
time. Many car owners equate this regular
waxing process to spending hours in the
garage sweating over the car applying every
ounce of elbow grease available. Not pleasant.
The use of modern polishers and high
speed orbitals has since eased the intensive labor of hand
waxing the entire vehicle. It still requires lots of work
to take faded oxidized paint and return the appearance to
clean and shiny.
The key of course is to be consistent
with regular washing and waxing maintenance as to significantly
reduce the physical labor required for each cleaning. What
needs to be understood is the fact that wax on our vehicle
does not last too long.
In fact, several types of waxes with
different levels of protection and wear
are available (Carnuba, Polymer, Bayberry, Wool Wax, etc).
waxes and associative compounds are available
and growing in abundance as well. Chemists have, and will
attempt to produce the highest quality
and longest lasting waxes for our car, truck, SUV, boat and
As an experienced detailer, I will tell
you every three to six months is a reasonable time span between
a full polish and wax. Weekly washing and monthly polishing
make for optimal waxing conditions with minimal effort expanded.