Questions - How often should I be waxing?

This is one of the most frequent questions we get asked, and as you can imagine with the way different people use their cars, it's never just an open and closed answer. Keeping the layer of Carnauba Body Wax and Fully Slick/After Glow (sacraficial layers of protection on your cars' paint is important, as it helps keep it protected and looking its absolute best). So let's go through and see where you fit in.

Step 1

How often?

With working out how often it needs to be done, the trick is to be honest with yourself and assess how much you use your car. If it cops all of the elements, lives outside and is driven every day, then you will only keep it looking its absolute best if it's waxed every second month. You could get away with every third month, but then it wouldn't be looking too sharp after a few years. Another plus for waxing the car regularly is that you don't have to cleanse every single time you apply the wax coating. 

I do our more used cars' bonnets every time with both cleanser then wax, as they cop the most heat, bugs and grime. It's important to remember that if you let the wax deteriorate away too far, that you will need to re-cleanse it again with the Paint Cleanse & Restore, so the wax has a great surface to adhere to. Your wax will also last longer on the daily driven cars if you wash it weekly with our Auto Body Gel/Nanolicioush Wash or Wax Wash, too.

With the introduction of Fully Slick and After Glow, you can add even more protection to your paint every time you wash. We recommend to Fully Slick after every 2-3 washes, or every wash if you're fanatical like us. After Glow being a dedicated drying aid, can be used every wash too, or every 3rd-4th wash, to maintain a good layer of protection over your wax.

You will need to re-wax more frequently in the hotter and usually wetter summer months, as the environment and heat does a good job at breaking down its protection.

If your car is garaged most of the time, then you could get away with two or three times per year. Some of our cars NEVER see the elements and are garaged out of direct sunlight in a cool dry area. They only need to be waxed once a year max.

Step 2

Wax still there?

To tell if your wax is still on the paint there are a few different methods. We recommend these three:

1. First telling sign is the easiest; the shine - how does it look? If it's getting dull, give her a good cleanse first and then re-wax her.

2. Is water still beading tightly on the paint? If it is, there is still wax there, but we have found that this is not always a 100% true indicator of wax protection.

3. The final test is to run your dry finger with a reasonable amount of pressure over the dry paint surface. If it slides and has no "squealing" noise, there is most likely something still there. If she squeals, then give her some wax!

Daily driven cars

Fine Clay Bar or Fine Clay Towel and Paint Cleanse & Restore the car at least twice a year (daily driven cars get more embedded dirt than most). Then apply the wax a minimum of every 3 to 4 months Fully Slick or After Glow should be applied after waxing and every month after washing with Auto Body Gel, Nanolicious Wash or Wax Wash for the best protection, especially in the warmer summer months.

Occasional use cars that live in a garage

Fine Clay Bar or Fine Clay Towel and Paint Cleanse & Restore once a year, wax every 3 months, apply Fully Slick or After Glow every 2 months and after Waxing. Remembering to show it more love in the warmer summer months.

Garage and show specials

Fine Clay Bar or Fine Clay TowelPaint Cleanse & Restore and then wax once a year, or Paint Cleanse & Restore and wax before each show or once a year to keep it looking show-car special. Use Boss Gloss or Fully Slick just before and at the car show.

Any questions?

You can get our waxing products at any of our great retailers nationwide. Find your closest in the link at the bottom of this article. 

If you have any questions or feedback about this article please contact me by email - info@bowdensown.com.au or call our office on 1800 351 308

Love your car,

Dan Bowden


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