Waxes are the most common form of paint protection both to novices and seasoned veterans alike. The reason for this is that it’s the oldest form of protection for a car, and as such is so widely recognised.
Generally waxes have a various ingredients in them, with the most common wax being carnuba wax, which comes from Brazil. The difference in wax prices and qualities depends on a few factors. The first is how much carnuba is in the wax. The second factor is what carrier is used in the wax. The carrier is used as a way to turn the solid carnuba into a more malleable form, be it a paste, or a liquid as seen in spray waxes.
In general, a wax can last for several weeks, up to 2 months. The actual lifespan of the wax will depend on a few factors. A common one is what conditions the car is left in. If it is parked in a garage at night, and in a multistorey car park during the day, then since there is minimal exposure to the elements, then it will last longer. The second factor is what the weather is like.
Harsh winters can accelerate the level of degradation of some waxes. Additionally, the shampoo used to clean the car can also bring about the rapid deterioration of a shampoo. This is why it is always recommended to use a pH neutral shampoo when cleaning the car. The last factor that can impact how long the wax last for is how well it is applied. If the application and removal instructions on the label aren’t adhered to, then this will have an impact on the overall lifespan of the product.
A paste wax, or a spray wax?
A common question asked when it comes to waxes is if a paste or spray wax is a better option. This isn’t an easy thing to answer. The reason for this is that there are high quality spray waxes, and low quality paste waxes, which makes the comparison somewhat unfair. Generally speaking though, a spray wax is a lot easier to apply, making it ideal for those with limited time. We have compiled a list, however, of the best spray waxes on the market.
Autoglym UHD Wax Review– We take a look at the premium wax offering from Autoglym.
Collinite 476 Review– Our thoughts on this hard paste wax.
Collinite 845 Insulator Wax– A liquid wax in the Collinite range.
The Best Spray Wax– We take a look at the best currently on the market.
When it comes to any wax, or sealant, it is important to take every step possible to maintain the finish. More information can be found be clicking here.