Should I Wax Or Polish My Car

Which automotive car wax should I buy? Wow! Great question! First you need to know that there¬†IS¬†a difference in “wax” and “polish”.

Waxes usually do not last as long as polishes because of their break down capacity. By that I mean that they tend to melt easily on hot summer days. It has been said by many car enthusiasts that wax does give a better “wet” showroom shine but that is very debatable given all the new technology in polishes these days. Polishes usually contain a polymer blend and can last up to a year in a good case scenario with the proper preparation. When searching for a polish, look for one with “Teflon” for maximum protection.

Don’t be fooled by the “wet” look on that beautiful car in the ad either! Most every ad you see trying to sell a car polish or car wax will have a class A paint job. Sure, the wax and polish bring that paint out somewhat but the REAL shine is in the paint. Please do not be fooled thinking that your dull paint will be brought back to a showroom shine by buying the next “miracle” wax or polish out there. I have been there and done that before! Now with that said, if I did not have a “clear” coat on my paint (most vehicles after 1990 are clear top coated) and my paint was faded, there is a possibility that I could use some rubbing compound to remove the oxidation (faded areas) and then apply a car wax or car polish to it afterwards and it might look 90% better than before.

To sum up what I am saying, first, have good paint on your vehicle before even thinking about trying to get a great shine. Second, if you drive it everyday or often, I would stick with any good “polish”. If you have a show car you can try the pure carnauba waxes. They are very good, but as I said earlier, they don’t give the durability. Also, don’t be too concerned about which one is better because for an everyday driver, anything is better than nothing at all. Many people NEVER wax or polish their everyday vehicle and that is a recipe for paint disaster if the vehicle constantly stays outside in the elements. Last but certainly not least, make sure the surface is well washed and cleaned before putting on any car polish or car wax. You don’t want to seal that dirt up under your freshly polished or waxed car do you?

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