Wax And Rain: How To Wax Your Car When It Rains
Maintaining a vehicle’s finish can be a tedious task. If you have ever found yourself with a dirty car in consecutive days or even weeks of rain, you will find yourself in a dilemma. Whether you wax quickly or allow your paint finish to absorb the brute force of rain. Read on to find a simple solution.
Many car enthusiasts will have found themselves debating whether or not to wax their car during back-to-back rainy days. On the one hand, we know that the rain is capable of easily removing the protectors that we apply to our car. Whatever wax you use, whether it’s synthetic or carnauba, it won’t last long in continual rain.
Should it be quickly waxed in the garage before being exposed to rain again? Or just let the rains stop completely and hope the acid content doesn’t destroy the finish? This can be very true in areas that experience heavy rainfall throughout the year.
However, waxing repeatedly can be costly in both time and money, especially if you’re using boutique waxes. Most waxes also have a curing time, synthetics are claimed to stick instantly, but most people believe a good 12 hours will make it last longer.
What we have found is that you can wax your car in sections. For example, doing the hood or fenders today would be quick and easy. Also, it would allow you to finish quickly and let it cure overnight. Doing the other parts on consecutive days will make it much easier.
Making sure the surface is as dry as possible will also prevent the wax from blowing away in the next rain. You can use some terry cloth towels after a round of chamois patting. After that, you can even use your leaf blower to make sure it’s as dry as a bone. Since you’ll be doing sections at a time, this can be much easier.
As mentioned above, letting the waxes cure will make them last longer. Waxing as soon as you get home will mean that when you go out to work the next day you will be protected with a layer of reinforced wax.
The use of synthetic wax should be mandatory during rainy days. Most synthetic waxes are easy to apply and almost magically easy to clean. Opting for traditional crayons will make your rainy days extremely frustrating. Plus, all the effort will go down the drain when you realize that 12 hours is too short a cure time for even the hardest carnauba waxes.
Some people recommend waxing weekly if your car is exposed to bad weather. We cannot recommend this enough if you love your car. Don’t forget to rotate each section. You can wax a different section once a week or once every three days if the weather is really bad.
Lastly, it is recommended to make sure your vehicle is not wet when you wax it. This can leave unsightly white skid marks all over the car. They can be a pain to remove with washing. That’s a lot of time and wasted wax too.