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Car Care Questions, Part 4

How Long Does A Car Wax Last? Would It Last
Longer If I Applied Two or Three Coats?

There is no standard answer to how long a car wax will last. There are many variables that influence the life of the wax:

* Type and color of paint
* Condition of the paint
* Local environment (normal and extraordinary)
* Number of hours kept outdoors
* Quality of wax used and method of application
* How often the car is washed, by hand or automatic

If you apply two or three coats of wax at one time, it can give some extra protection on the most critical areas (hood, front areas.)

What's The Best Wax To Use On A Brand
New Car? How Soon Can I Begin Waxing?

The best wax to use on a new car varies for the type of car you are buying, the environmental conditions in your area, and the amount of time you are willing to invest in waxing each year. Mequiar'sŪ Cleaner/Wax has been ranked by Consumer Reports as one of the best car waxes on the market, as well as the best for newer paints. It is recommended to all new car owners, as well as those whose car needs some attention. It can be found wherever quality car waxes are sold. As usual, read the lable for any warnings, etc.

Should I Use A Non-Silicone Wax?

If your car needs repainting, silicone-based waxes create extra work for the painter. The wax will have to be removed to avoid "fish-eye" problems in the painting process. The silicone embeds itself into the paint and new paint won't adhere properly.

The use of some silicone does make certain wax formulas easier to spread. There are good silicones and bad silicones. Some are good and necessary to achieve the best finish on a paint surface. It would be naive to avoid silicones altogether.

A very good wax would be Meguiar's Next Generation Tech Wax. It delivers the best in wax shine and protection.

Should I Go To Automatic Car Washes?

Automatic car washes vary greatly. Some are better than others. Avoid any automatic car washes that use brushes and drying materials which can scratch the paint finish. Also, be careful about car washes with poor water recycling systems and harsh detergents and soaps.

If you have a dark color car, it usually is best to have your car washed by hand. Dark colors quickly show small scratches.

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