Car Care Myths
There are many misconceptions about how best to care for a vehicle. To help clear the air and help consumers better maintain their vehicles, experts at Turtle Wax® present these five common car care myths and the truths behind them.
- Myth 1: New vehicles do not need to be waxed. False! The clear top coat on today's cars can be easily dulled and marred by abrasive soils and environmental pollution. Regular car care is needed to maintain a vehicle's aesthetic beauty. Car wax will clean, shine and protect automotive finishes while acting as a protective barrier from everyday wear and tear.
- Myth 2: Dishwashing detergent is safe to use as a car wash. True, but not recommended. Any dishwashing detergent is meant to remove contaminants from the surface, which includes stripping the polymers of the paint surface. It is recommended that you use a safe car wash detergent that is diluted with water in order to avoid rubbing paint off the car.
- Myth 3: The longer the duration of a wax job, the better the shine and protection. True! Generally, the quality of the final vehicle appearance is proportional to the time and care that goes into detailing the vehicle. It also is important to note that protective and shine qualities of various wax products generally differ - it is best to use well-known high-quality wax products.
- Myth 4: Waxing once a year is enough to take care of a car's exterior. False! Car care requirements depend on environmental conditions. Usually, car wax beading is a great indication of when a car needs to be re-waxed. If the beads are smaller than a quarter in a rainstorm or after washing, the wax barrier is still active. If water starts to form elongated beads it's time to re-wax.
- Myth 5: Using a protectant too frequently on the interior can cause leather and interior plastics to age quickly. False. Plastic and leather materials are soft and pliable due to chemicals used to manufacture the interior. Over time, the materials lose these key softening ingredients. Plastic shrinks, leather becomes stiff and wear becomes evident. Use an interior conditioner to slow the process.