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Difference Between Washing, Waxing, and Polishing Your Car

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As summer approaches more car owners will begin washing their cars at home as the weather permits. Saying good-bye to car washes means you have to learn how to do it correctly. Not sure if you are doing it right? Keep reading to discover our secrets to washing, waxing, and polishing your car.

Start with a Basic Wash

Determining when to wash your car is easy. You simply wash your car whenever it gets dirty. Some people wash their car once a week, others wash it less frequently. The important thing to remember is that regular washings are important to the upkeep of the exterior of your car. Washing your car comes first, never polish or wax your car without washing it first.

Does a Car Need to be Both Polished and Waxed?

The short answer is yes. Polishing and waxing are two separate things and they serve two separate purposes. Now that you know both need to be done, what you need to determine is when to wax your car and when to polish your car. To determine this you need to understand the difference between the two.

Polishing your car is done to remove any imperfections, including spots, oxidation, and scratches. Waxing is designed to protect a polished surface by putting a protective surface between your car and the elements. Your car should be polished after you have washed it, but before you wax it. Never wax your car before washing it, as the wax can seal dirt, grime or stains on paint on the car making it almost impossible to remove.

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