Since the car came off Henry Ford’s assembly line, car wax was the solution to keeping the paint in good shape. Given this long history with polishing and waxing cars, it is no wonder that the vast majority of today’s drivers choose car wax. They simply don’t know about car coating as a better alternatives to the old fashioned car wax. But, car wax is really not just a old technology, it is a poor choice in protecting your car. This post describes the disadvantages of using waxes and polishes to protect your car.
First, let’s understand the difference between a wax and a polish. Polishes are “gritty” and actually buff up the car’s paint or clear coat to take off the oxidation or dullness of the gloss. With the gritty polish in the compounds, the shine comes back some. However, this has to be done very carefully. If too much force is applied or a rotary polisher used, too much clear coat or paint can be taken off, and this can cause swirls and actually create less shine, not more. So, if you are using polish or have your car “polished” some degree of car is important.
Wax is different than polish. Car wax is a non-abrasive coating usually containing Carnauba and other waxes. It is applied after washing your car and dries to a thin, milky-white layer when applied properly and is then wiped or buffed off. The glaze creates a thin, harden layer of reflective shine on top of the car. The wax has some hydrophobic effect and offers some protection from the elements: sun, bird poo and tree sap. Wax looks good on top of your car paint.
So, what is the problem. Wax and polish are temporary. They will not last on top of your car. Within weeks, the wax has worn off. If it has rained a lot (very common in Malaysia), the expensive wax just washes off the car leaving the car paint exposed. Literally within a month your expensive RM 400 wax can be gone. And, if you use a cheaper wax, your RM 200 car paint protection wax is gone. Either way, it is money down the drain.
We wax our cars because we don’t know there is an alternative to wax. More on this later…
Even the wax companies recommend that you wax your car ever 3 months. This means you need to take your car in for “the wax” at least 4 times a year. If each wax costs RM 200, you will be spending RM 800 a year on a temporary solution. Within 5 years, your bill in maintaining your car shine is RM 4,000.00. But, this doesn’t include the cost and the requirement to polish your car. Polishing should be at least yearly or twice a year. Polishing can easily add RM 400 a year to your cost, so now, the basic requirement for good car paint protection becomes RM 6,000 over 5 years. This is getting expensiveBecause of this cost, many Malaysians decide to stretch out the intervals between waxing. So instead of 3 months (industrial standard), they delay this to 5 or 6 months. They wait til the car has no shine left, or until there is no water beading. Just look at the car driving around town, a you will see many, many cars that don’t bead. And, these are new, expensive cars we see so often.
Look at the car above, if that bird poo stays on this unprotected car for 24 hours, the “etch” will be serious!
The problem with wax and with polish is that both of them are TEMPORARY and because they are TEMPORARY, you have to polish and wax repeatedly. Forget or delay is not good.
Car Coating by Sierraglow is more or less permanent. We guarantee it (with only a few T&Cs) for 5 years. The cost of our exclusive SG-6 car coating is 4 to 6 times CHEAPER than waxing and polishing. Yeah, each time you wax, it is only several hundred ringgit, cheap right. But, it adds up in two serious ways.
- Your time is valuable, and who wants to spend it polishing and waxing your car or waiting while someone else does it.
- The money adds up and frankly the wax really just doesn’t do much to save your car paint and your investment.
We will follow up soon on another reason why you should not wax. But, from the cost point of view, polishing and waxing is not cheaper AND it just doesn’t do the job your car paint requires. Your car deserves the glow from Sierraglow.
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