Nothing fully replaces waxing, but all-in-one products buy time between labor-intensive applications.
“It’s about ease of use,” said Rob McCarter, brand manager for Eagle One. “You get the benefits of waxing as you wash – that extra layer of UV protection and shine.”
McCarter recommended using a wash-and-wax solution containing natural carnauba wax as opposed to synthetic polymers for better protection.
“Most one-step solutions work like traditional car wash soap, with the wax and soap in the same bottle,” McCarter said. Another benefit of all-in-one products is that drivers can use them to add shine to plastic or textured parts that typically collect a white residue with traditional waxes.
McCarter offered the following advice when using wash-and-wax solutions:
- Rinse your vehicle thoroughly before cleaning with a wash & wax product.
- Use a terrycloth, microfiber towel or sponge made specifically for vehicles. This will help prevent scratching.
- Does water still bead and roll off your vehicle? If it does, then there’s some wax protection. If not, it’s time to use some wash & wax solution.
- Check the label for environmentally safe detergents, especially if you live near water. Chemicals typically used in wash & wax solutions are non-toxic and can be used frequently, once a week or more.
- Prevent water spots. Dry your vehicle with a microfiber towel or chamois.