Even a car fresh off the dealer’s lot can benefit from a professional car waxing. Some think modern car finishes don’t need to be waxed regularly. Not so. An overall waxing as part of a vehicle detailing service protects the paint and the clear coat. When you wax your ride in Madison WI you’re preserving the original oils in the factor-applied paint to help prevent oxidation.
There are elements in everyday life that damage a vehicle’s finish, including:
- Bird droppings
- Road Tar
- Insects “splats”
- Road Salt
- Wind-blown debris
- Bits of gravel and sand tossed up from the road
- Tree sap
- Pollen nearby trees
- The sun’s ultraviolet rays
- Vehicle exhaust
Without a good waxing, a professional car waxing, these elements will break down the first layer of clear coat. Left unattended they literally eat through to the paint.
Vehicles driven in colder climates like Madison WI should get a professional waxing more often than cars in warmer climates. The weather dictates road salt and sand use that combine to make vehicle detailing and waxing a priority to protect a vehicle’s good looks.
Timing A Professional Car Waxing
There’s no right answer to “how often should I wash, wax and detail my car?” Many wax-makers recommend applying a new coat of wax at least every three months. A vehicle exposed to extreme conditions – left outdoors all year long for example – should be waxed more often. A vehicle consistently treated to professional car waxing and vehicle detailing services will hold its shine longer than those that get the treatment only occasionally.
When to schedule your first professional car waxing is a matter of choice, or chance. Maybe you don’t think your new car or truck needs it until the “newness” has worn off. Or a chance encounter with road construction or a storm may dictate a change in plans. It isn’t unusual to begin noticing ugly signs – dirt and grime building up around wheel wells, near the base of the windshield or on the hood. There’s certainly plenty of dirt and debris on the roads around Madison WI to mar any vehicle’s finish.
There are two simple tests to get an idea of when the time is right:
Water Beading Test—after a rain or after washing the vehicle, take a close look at how the water reacts to the flat surfaces. If the water “beads up” in droplet-like shapes of smaller than half an inch diameter, you’re good. If it flows off in sheet, it’s time for a professional car waxing.
After A Wash Test—When your ride has been washed and dried, take a 100% cotton terrycloth towel and fold it to hand-size so it’s thick. With firm pressure, twist the towel back and forth clock-wise and counter clock-wise on the hood. If there’s a squealing sound, you need a new wax job.
The Roll of Vehicle Detailing
Professional detailing services include professional car waxing but goes beyond the basics. It includes attention to every small requirement that keeps a car or truck looking and performing like new. It can rejuvenate an older model while keeping new vehicles sparkling. Vehicle detailing services include deep cleaning, buffing, polishing and waxing the exterior. And, they include the same meticulous attention to detail for the interior – leather treatments, carpet car and upholstery cleaning. Doing it right mean taking all the time required – a complete vehicle detailing takes at least six hours.
When you need to restore or protect your vehicle’s showroom shine, or want a full-service body shop or auto body painting in Madison WI, call Auto Color first. Visit either of our two complete auto body shop locations in the Madison WI area – West on Parmenter Road in Middleton and East on Stoughton Road. These professionally-equipped shops serve all of Dane County including Verona, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Sauk City, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.
Call Auto Color Middleton at 608-831-9554 or Auto Color East Madison at 608-221-5041, or email us to connect with specialists for professional car waxing and vehicle detailing services in Madison WI.