How to Wax a Damaged Car

Waxes come in different forms, such as spray, cream, and liquid. They include UVA and UVB absorbers for the sake of protecting your paint from the sun and its damaging ultraviolet rays.

With that said, if you have a damaged car, how should you go about waxing it? Should you avoid watching it altogether until you have the dent fixed. Actually, the severity of the damage will determine whether or not you should have your car fixed with a car detailer first.

You may also decide if it's more prudent to have it waxed and protected until you have enough money to get it fixed. If you have a damaged car, the more practical thing to do is probably to invest in a car cover in the mean time.

The Pros and Cons of Waxing a Damaged Car 

  • Wax Can Provide Partial Oxidation Protection: There's a reason why you should only wax your car when it's been dried. The water and the oily wax simply can't mix and the wax won't have enough bonding power when applied on a wet car. When applying wax over a damaged car, the wax might help in protecting the parts of your door or bumper that has had the paint peeled off. Without the paint, water can easily eat away at the metal unless the damaged parts are instead made of plastics.
  • Wax Can Make the Damage Worse: Depending on what sort of damage your car has suffered from, wax can make the damage worse instead of better. Wax should mostly be used on a clean, dry car. However, if your bumper or door is crumpled, the wax residue might end up sticking with the uneven parts of the damaged car. This is especially difficult to deal with when buffing or you needing to reapply the wax more than once. A damaged car can only end up holding water and dirt in its crumpled portion, especially when wax residue you can't wipe off ends up trapping all sorts of debris.
  • Works Well with Minor Scratches and Bumps: If the damage isn't extensive, the wax can actually help. If you're dealing with minor scratches and bumps, you can "fill in" those damaged parts with wax to prevent water from pooling into them and worsening the damage to the point of peeling the paint off. You should actually re-wax or reapply the wax in case the water fails to stand up in beads and there are pools of water all over your vehicle. Of course, as mentioned earlier, the worse the damage the better off you are with going straight to the car dealer to fix the damage.


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