Typically speaking, it’s always best to wax a car when you have clear coat. The clear coat is what protects the actual colored paint on your car and it’s also what creates the shine of the color.
The way the paint system on your car works is as follows:
- Metal (the actual car panels)
- Base coat
- Colored paint
- Clear coat
So the part that we always see on the streets is the colored paint, the clear coat, and the wax (although we don’t technically see the clear coat and wax since it’s clear).
In this article, I’m going to share if there are any benefits or negative affects to waxing your car without a clear coat.
What’s The Point Of Waxing Your Car?
There are two main reasons that you would want to wax your car (the same reasons you have a clear coat on your paint):
- So you can protect your paint (technically clear coat) from the outside elements like bird poop, water spots, etc…
- It will “hide” some of the light swirls and scratches in your paint which will make your paint pop with color
But the wax will only be beneficial if you’re actually applying the wax to a clear coat.
That’s how the wax was formulated by the manufactures. It can only work if it’s being applied to the proper material (which is the clear coat in this case). This leads me to my next point…
You’re Only Going To Make A Mess
Yes, you could wax your paint without a clear coat, but the wax simply wouldn’t spread properly. Which will also make it a paint to wipe off the paint. So the main answer would be no, it’s not going to help you much if you apply a wax to a car that has no clear coat.
Unless your clear coat has a few spots where it’s starting to crack or fade away, then you can use a wax to kind of minimize how fast your clear coat deteriorates.
What’s definitely not going to happen is that you apply a wax to your paint that has no clear coat and your paint will once again by shiny or fixed. If you’re clear coat is completely trashed, then the only true way to fix or repair it is by getting it repainted.
This doesn’t mean you go to your local auto parts store and buy a spray can of clearcoat. You’ll need to take your car to a body shop where they can sand it all down and reapply all the coating like we talked about at the beginning of the blog post.
How To Prevent Your Clear Coat From Deteriorating
Of course, the most ideal situation would be to prevent your clear coat from diminishing. You do this by:
- Parking it in shade (not leaving it in the sun all day)
- Making sure it has a layer of protection
- Removing any water spots, bug guts, or bird poop that gets on your car
It does take time and a little bit of money to do all the ones I outlined, but it sure does beat having to take your car to a body shop to be repainted.