FAQs About Applying Car Wax


If you’re new to waxing your vehicle, the prospect of applying car wax to your car might seem daunting. Which product should you use? Does waxing prevent scratches? And how often does wax need to be applied? This article will go over these as well as other frequently asked questions about applying car wax.

Should You Wash Your Car Before Waxing?

Yes, it’s always best practice to thoroughly wash your vehicle and ensure all particles, dirt and debris have been removed from the paint’s surface before applying car wax. Washing your car before the waxing process ensures smoother application of the product and prevents the wax from peeling off too quickly.

What’s the Best Wax to Use?

The best car wax for your vehicle will vary depending on your vehicle’s make as well as any special aftermarket paint coatings it may have. If you’re new to waxing, it’s usually recommended to buy a wax product that comes with its own applicator.

Generally, carnauba car wax is seen as the most high-quality car wax on the market. Carnauba wax is an organic and naturally sourced wax derived from a plant from Brazil. Carnauba is noted for achieving a superior shine compared to most wax products. Of course, if you’re not certain which wax suits your vehicle’s needs, it’s best to speak with an experienced car detailer.

Does Wax Remove Scratches & Swirl Marks?

No, this is one of the biggest misconceptions about car wax. While wax will add a layer of protection to the clear coat of the vehicle, the product itself won’t be able to penetrate deeply enough to remove scratches and other superficial marks such as swirls. Wax can reduce the appearance of minor scratches and swirls, but won’t be able to hide deep scratches.

Will Wax Prevent Scratches & Swirls?

The short answer is, maybe. Depending on the condition of the vehicle’s paint before applying car wax, some waxing products can actually reduce the likelihood of scratches and swirl marks from occurring. The way wax adheres to your car’s paintwork makes it harder for dirt and debris to make contact with the paint, which is often a common cause of scratching. You should always be mindful of particles on your car when applying any waxing product, as failure to remove these could result in the dirt and debris being dragged across your car’s paintwork and thus causing damage.

Does Layering Wax Improve Durability?

This is another ambiguous area when it comes to car wax, and it usually depends on the type of wax being used as well as the vehicle it’s being applied to. Generally speaking, doing a second pass and adding a layer of wax on top of a previous layer could add some protection to the paintwork. However, adding more layers than this is simply overkill and will be a waste of both time and money.

How Often Should Wax Be Applied?

High-quality car wax usually doesn’t need to be reapplied until around the 2 month mark. In some cases, however, it’s possible for wax to last anywhere from 6 to 12 months before needing to be applied again. This of course depends on a number of factors such as how often the car is driven, if the car is covered when not in use, and whether any other car paint protection products are being used on the vehicle in conjunction with waxing products.

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