Applying wax to your car is essential for protecting its paint from the elements. White or light-colored vehicles are especially susceptible to fading since it can be a challenge to see the signs early on. So it’s important to choose a wax that keeps your ride shining and protects the areas white cars are more prone to. Now any protection is better than nothing, however here we will share our top 3 picks for car wax for white cars.
White paint is not a whole lot different from the other paints. So it can be treated as the same when it comes to protection. However, there are things to consider first before selecting a car wax for white cars.
Here are some of the issues that white-painted cars may experience more than others:
- Fading and oxidization: White paint fades just like all the other colors do however, it may not be noticed right away and can progress quickly. So considering a wax that covers easily and is durable is important like a spray or liquid wax.
- Highly visible staining: White paint can also be stained by bird droppings, tree sap, and other contaminants. These stains are highly visible and the easier they are to wipe off the better. So choosing a wax that is more chemically resilient is important.
- Dirt and grime: White paint is also more likely to show dirt and grime than other colors. Frequent washing and car care will help this more than wax will.
What you can get away with on white paint that you can’t with others:
- White paint hides excess wax well: That is just it, if you put on too much spray wax and didn’t wipe it all off, chances are you may not notice. A black car however can turn into a nightmare when removing excess coating.
- Enables thicker coats of wax: You can put on a thicker coat than normal without too much worry of getting it off. A thicker coat generally offers more longevity
- Light scratches: Light scratches and swirl marks can also be a challenge to spot on white cars, especially metallic whites.
- Water spots: You can see these on white cars but maybe not at your first glance since the paint hides them well
What does this all mean?
Knowing the strengths and weakness of your paint color can let you play to its advantages. So In the case for white paint the color does not show streaking or light blemishes very easily. Most likely a detailers trained eye could spot them but for the rest of us probably not. Knowing this a wax that has strong chemical protection and durability would be an ideal choice. Ease of application is less of a concern since white will not show the left over residue.
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Driveway Enthusiast top picks on car wax for white cars for 2023:
- Spray wax – NuFinish the better than wax ceramic spray and Turtle wax ceramic spray
- Reason: easy application during or after drying the vehicle, few months protection till next wash
- Also has shown to last quite a long time for a spray wax
- Paste wax – Soft99 Fusso coat
- This is a paste style wax so it does require more elbow grease than the spray wax, also avoid black texture plastic trim. It will leave a white residue on the black plastic
- 4.8 star rating on Google and Amazon reviews give it 4.5. I have used it in the past on white fleet vehicle and have had great luck with it.
- Definitely takes some effort to remove so apply sparingly
Also check out this article on spray wax on vinyl test.