3 Car Wax Products to Stay Away From

January 27, 2012

One of the most important steps to preserving the color and shine of your vehicle's paint is to use a good set of car wax products regularly. The best car wax will leave your vehicle looking shiny and new and will not cause any damage to the paint. Unfortunately, there are some products that will hurt the paint on your car and may cause other problems as well. Read on for a list of certain car wax products that are best to avoid if you want to protect the longevity of the paint on your vehicle.

Number 1 - Color Retaining Formulas

A variety of different car wax manufacturers have created products that feature a chemical solution designed to retain color in the paint. Unfortunately for these products, a good many of them actually do quite the opposite. Customer reviews for Turtle car wax with a color retaining solution indicate that the wax works very well for the initial several coatings, but then quickly begins to eat away at the paint on the surface of the car, eventually leaving it dull and listless. Therefore, it's a good idea to avoid products with this particular type of solution included in them.

Number 2 - Silicone Based Waxes

Silicone products give your vehicle an artificial sheen that makes it look excellent for a short period of time. However, these products can cause damage to your paint when you try to touch up and repair any damaged paint on the coat. Silicone is extremely difficult to get off of the car's surface, and paint that's applied over silicone onto a car body will be more likely to chip off or lose its color than paint applied to a clean surface. If you do choose to use a wax with silicone products in it, wash the car with a quality dish detergent in the area in which you plan to make any touch ups before you begin repainting the vehicle. This will help to remove the silicone layer.

Number 3 - Waxes that React with Your Car's Paint

Many waxes contain ingredients that may react badly with certain types of paint. While car wax is generally manufactured to be perfectly compatible with standard types of vehicle paint, it's not always good to use this type of wax with special or custom painted cars. The paint used on these vehicles is often of a different composition, and in some cases the wax can interact with the paint to discolor it, weaken it or even strip if off of the car surface completely. It's best to check in with a specialist if your vehicle has a custom paint job before you purchase wax to treat the surface of the car.

Ask a professional for any additional advice if you're still deciding which wax to buy for your car.


Related Questions and Answers

What is the Average Price of a Good Car Wax Job?

A car wax job such as a good Simonize can cost, depending on the facility and the expertise of the detailer, anywhere between $75 and $175. Since the competition in the wax and polymer car sealant market is so heavy today, you should find a specialist who knows how to properly apply and use not only a buffing wheel, but any chemicals and sealers needed to do a proper job. The detailer, by the way, is the person who cleans and polishes your car and their charges can vary widely.

What is the Best Outdoor Temperature for Waxing My Car?

"What is the best outdoor temperature for waxing my car?" Make sure to read the instructions on the can of wax you are using, whether it is Simonize or Turtle Wax or one of the polymer waxes. You will see the range of temperature is between 50 and 70 degrees to assure the best job. At temperatures over 70 degrees, the car's metal tends to become too hot too quickly for proper adherence, while temperatures below 50 degrees usually inhibit the ability of the was to bond with your car's metal surface.

How Often Should I Wax a New Car?

In the automotive world, if you ask the question "how often should I wax a new car", you can find 17 expert opinions, each claiming to be correct. In waxing a new car, though, just about everyone agrees that you should clean and wax your car at least weekly, using a car wash, while you should give it a good deep waxing about once a month and a complete detailing which includes tire treatment, treatment of all vinyl and leather surfaces, as well as the cleaning and sealing of your car's alloy wheels about every six months.

What is included in a Car Wax Kit?

Car wax kits traditionally contain the following items: a bucket, a mild car body washing soap, wheel or alloy cleaner and polish, as well as chrome cleaner and polish. If it is a complete kit from one of the major manufactures such as Meguiars or ArmorAll, then it will likely also contain vinyl/leather cleaner protectant for the interior. These kits will also often contain the proper washing sponges and drying chamois, as well as the proper body polish and buffers for that polish. These kits can range in price from about $29.95 at a discount store, although the average price is about $75 for a complete kit.