DOES RAIN REMOVE CAR WAX?
To answer the question- does rain remove car wax, we’d first like to give you detailed information about what car waxes are and what they do?
What is a car wax?
Car waxes are categorised under ‘automotive waxes’. Waxes are used to provide the car’s exterior painted surfaces, chrome components and headlights with a layer of protection and gloss. Car waxes such as the Wavex Carnauba Wax, are a by-product of carnauba leaves. Car waxes when applied appropriately, tend to provide the car’s aforementioned exterior surfaces with a high gloss mirror like finish followed by protection against water, UV rays, corrosion, discolouration and more. Car waxes can be applied both manually and with the assistance of polisher machines.
What is the effects of water on car waxes?
In the section above, we’ve stated that car waxes protect a car’s applied surfaces against water. This is also termed as ‘hydrophobicity’. When the car’s wax has been appropriately applied, it will prevent the water from staying on the car’s surface. Due to their hydrophobic properties, car waxes will cause water to seamlessly slide off the surfaces where they’ve been applied. In many cases, a phenomenon occurs on the wax applied surfaces. This phenomenon has been termed as the ‘water beading effect’.
During this phenomenon, small, pearl-like clear water beads get formed on the car’s surface where wax has been applied which will be very easy to dry, clean and wipe off. Scientifically speaking, the water droplets that form during the ‘water beading effect’ are really on the waxes layer and are not directly in contact with the car’s surface. Due to this very reason, the car’s wax will prevent the formation of hard water spots on the car’s surface.
Does rain remove car wax?
Well, since you know that car waxes have a ‘hydrophobic effect’, rain will not exactly remove the car’s wax because let’s face it- rain at the end of the day is just water however, there are still certain points that you need to take care of with respects to the effects of rain water on the car’s wax.
Firstly, one must try to avoid the car’s contact with water for at least 24 hours after wax has been applied to it. We know that this is absolutely difficult during the rainy season but there’s a reason why we’re stating this.
After a 24-hour time period, the wax will have completely cured hence ensuring that its grip to the car’s applied surfaces will be absolutely strong. After that initial 24-hour time period if water does fall on the car’s surface in the form of rain, it will not weaken its hold.
Car waxes usually tend to last between 3 to 4 weeks. During the rainy seasons when your car gets a bit dirty and requires a car wash, you could use the Wavex Wash + Wax Car Shampoo which is infused with Carnauba Wax and polymers. Using the Wavex Wash + Wax will hence greatly benefit the car’s applied wax by not only effecting the car’s dirty exteriors but also by complementing the car’s pre-existing wax furthermore, on the car’s wet wax, you could spray the Wavex Ceramic Seal Wax which will not only help you effectively dry your vehicle, but will also help provide an additional layer of wax followed by hydrophobicity and paint protection.