Friday, June 19, 2009

The Best Car Wax!

Car wax plays a pivotal role in preserving the look and integrity of your paint! It protects your paint from the sun's harmful rays, it gives your car a nice deep shine, and it even helps prevent light scratches and paint chips!

If you're not waxing your car consistently you ARE doing damage to the paint. Tradition carnuba isn't enough unless you apply it very frequently because the sun's rays and heat deteriorate and remove the wax between washings and applications. In my eyes, when someone asks "what's the best car wax?" I think of my favorite two brands that apply easily, last up to two years depending on conditions, and don't need special tools to apply!

Car wax woes.
Everyone has heard the marketing before, we all know this wax does that, or this car wax lasts this many washes... the fact is between all the marketing hype involved in automotive detailing it can be very difficult to find an unbiased review on the products you seek. If you're like me you just want to know what product WORKS, and works easily... in this instance, The BEST car wax. Everyone seems to have their own opinions on the matter so in the end its up to you to decide.

A number of things to consider include the purchase price. Generally speaking you will find the best deals online. The product is small and doesn't weigh much so the shipping isn't very expensive on the whole. Besides it being cheaper there are usually a better selection available on the internet than at your local auto store. There are specialty brands and small time niche brands you'd never hear about otherwise. Nevertheless there's also a lot of crap! Look out for the really cheap stuff, you usually get what you pay for despite the odd exception.
Other things to consider are if you're looking for a short term show room type wax that you apply before going out for a Sunday cruise or the alternative. The long lasting hard wax that will endure a couple washes before another coat needs to be applied.
Ease of application plays a big role for a lot of people as well. I've used car waxes in the past that just about threw my back out and the end result wasn't that good because I just didn't put in the physical effort to apply it thoroughly. Not to mention the countless other times where the conditions weren't right.. too hot... too cold... to much sunlight.. to wet... Luckily there have been major advancements in car wax technology that allow for extremely easy application with very good, long lasting results.

So what goes into the best car wax?
Well a lot of the longer lasting car waxes that go on easily and have fantastic shiny results unfortunately are silicone based. Why is that bad?? Well the silicone based car waxes impregnate your paint with silicone... right down to the primer and even the metal. If you ever need to repaint your car from a small fender bender, or even a scratch, you're going to have problems. The silicone car wax impregnated primer and metal will resist new paint. That will cause small bubbles in your paint and over time those small bubbles will help the paint completely release from the vehicle as well as *encourage rust*!!!! That's no good at all!

The better alternative, although pricier is well worth it. There are acrylic based car waxes on the market that last even longer than the traditional silicone based ones. They're a little tougher to apply and as such generally require special instruction or a professional touch. BUT NOT ALL. in fact there are some the average Joe can apply on his own without any special gear. They don't come cheap but the results are well worth it. Any professional auto detailer knows the product I'm talking about. The source I used to get it from was located -Broken Link Removed-

The adverse effects of cheap car wax.

You might not think it, but the cheapest car waxes can actually do just as much damage to your car as not waxing at all. Look to the above silicone car wax example. In that instance the silicone impregnates your metal and interferes with any paint you might need to add for repairs or repaint. The residue from the cheaper waxes can also be a pain to fully remove from the corners and tight spots on your car. Furthermore the residues from the car wax can actually stain your plastic and black trim pieces PERMANENTLY! Nobody want's that!

So, the question at hand... What IS the best car wax??

well.. honestly its a secret. :) or at least its not well known and its hard to come by unless you know the source used by professional auto detailers from the likes of high end auto detailing companies that deal specifically with BMW's, Porche's, Mercedes Benz's, and ferarri's. In upcoming posts I can show the sources I know of for some decent car wax brands that work well for the money. They might not be the best car wax but they ARE pretty good.

So stay tuned and keep checking the main site What's the best car wax? for updates.

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