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The quick test to know if your car needs a wax

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Not sure when to wax? If you look at your car and just see clean or dirty, then this may be the quick read you need to get up to speed on why we wax.

Man waxing the outside of a black car with a yellow microfibre cloth

Here's why we wax:

1. Glossy Shine

Our wax adds a layer of shine to your car giving it a showroom finish. If you already have some minor surface scratches and imperfections, while it won’t remove them, a wax can fill these in and minimise their appearance.

2. Maintains value

By leaving the paintwork of your car untreated, the weather will eventually take its toll and leave the paintwork looking dull and sad. If you are planning to sell your car in the future you definitely want to keep the paint in tip-top condition. Regular waxing protects the paint to maintain the wow factor when you come to sell it.

3. Protects from Chips

When you drive, especially at high speeds, tiny stones and rocks can chip your paintwork. The wax acts as a shield, encouraging debris to slide off the surface of your vehicle.

4. Preserves Paintwork

Corrosives such as salt, bugs, bird droppings (These are the worst!) and of course tree sap can get into the surface of your car. Wax will prevent it from making contact with your paint and easier to remove. The durable, water-repellent wax coating ensures new dirt is easily washed away, so it makes your car much easier to clean.

How do I know if I need a wax?

If you want to test whether your vehicle needs a wax, simply pour a small amount of water on it to see how it runs off. If it doesn’t form nice beads, then it needs a wax. Watch this video to see if you need a wax.

You may need a more intense service to ensure your car is always looking great like out mobile car detailing service.

How often should I wax my car?

The industry recommends a wax every 4-6 weeks, or a minimum of at least twice a year.

To get a super duper shiny car, choose the Wash Doctors exterior Revival service. This gives your car a wash, buff, tyre dressing and the all important wax. The wax is completed by your Wash Doctors using AutoGlym's Radiant Wax.

Wash Doctors is your mobile, on-demand car valeting platform. Simply book via the app and a fully-trained insured valeter will come to you. Now covering South West and North West London. Book today.



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