When (and why) to wax a new car – 2022 Guide

When to wax your new car

Waxing a new car is always an exciting experience. It’s the first time you get to see your car with a fresh application of wax.

But before you go out and buy some expensive wax for your brand new vehicle (or even worse – use the wrong kind!), there are some things you should know about waxing a newer vehicle: when to do it, and why.

People wax their cars for a variety of reasons. Some people wax their car because they want to keep it looking new and shiny after the first few months, while others might do so as part of removing some scratches that have occurred over time, as well as preventing future ones..

No matter the reason why people like to wax their vehicle, the true purpose of wax is to protect the paintwork from unnecessary scratches and debris like dust, bugs, water spots, etc.

Diagram of a protective layer of wax on paintwork
How wax provides a layer of protection for your paintwork

Wax also helps to fill in any imperfections that may remain after your car has been polished. See our guide here on why wax is so important for your paintwork.

Waxing your car will serve to smooth out the surface of your paintwork and thus make it easier to wash in the future.

How Often Should You Apply Wax To Your Car?

The best thing you can do is wax your vehicle at least twice a year – once in the spring and again when it’s going into winter.

It might seem like an added expense, but with the right kind of product, it should only take about 15 minutes each time and add years to the life of your paintwork.

With the right kind of product, waxing your vehicle is easy to do, and it will maintain the slick finish of that new paint.

Should you wax a new car?

The answer is a definitive yes. Waxing your car not only helps protect it from the elements (sun, rain, snow) but also makes it shine much brighter.

Unlike polishing or waxless protection that can leave surface contaminants on paint and has to be reapplied every few weeks, waxed surfaces maintain their protective coating for up to six months.

Plus you’ll avoid pesky water spots on the vehicle’s exterior during those rainy summer days.

In addition to protecting the finish of your new car purchase, there are other benefits as well: fewer scratches meaning less money spent on repairs; UV rays prevent fading which will result in an extended life span.

How do I wax a new car?

In order to wax a new car, you need to first remove all the dirt and debris from its exterior.

How to wax a car

Wash your car with your favorite gentle cleaner in order to get rid of any oil residue and debris.

You can also use soap and water or an eco-friendly solution like Dawn dishwashing liquid for this step. For an in-depth guide on how dish soap affects the cleaning of your car read this.

Next comes clay bar treatment: apply clay lubricant over the surface using a foam applicator pad; work slowly around different areas of the vehicle going back and forth until you’ve covered everything evenly; then buff off excess material against itself until all remnants are gone.

The next steps involve polishing any spots where paint is missing due to scratches or abrasions by hand before applying two coats of wax.

Do New Cars Come Waxed From The Factory?

When you buy a new car, it usually does not come with any kind of coating or wax applied to the paint. This can be frustrating for people when they find this out only after they have received the vehicle and have possibly driven it around for a while.

The best thing you can do is ask the dealer about this, even if you have already bought the vehicle. You will then be at least be aware of any steps you should take moving forward.

What Happens If You Wax A Newly Painted Car?

If you wax a newly painted car, you can end up with a cloudy finish. This might not be the best for your paint job so we suggest waiting until it’s been around three months since the re-spray before waxing a vehicle.

What Happens If You Don't Wax Your Car?

If you don’t wax your car, it’s going to start losing its luster and gloss. And it doesn’t end there.

If you don’t regularly use a protective coating like wax on your paint, this will expose the clear coat to the harsh environment of the open road and UV rays more frequently.

This near-constant exposure to the elements will eventually cause the clear coat to slowly break down which, and in extreme cases,  allow rust or corrosion to form or paint to fade. High repair bills should be expected if this occurs.

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