What Is Water Beading?
At Take 5 Car Wash, we love water beading, and for good
reason. Beyond the fact that it looks cool, water
beading indicates whether you have an adequate wax
sealant on your vehicle and ensures you get the most out
of your car wash. Keep reading to learn how you can
protect your car’s exterior and make sure you're getting
a high-quality car wax treatment.
What Is Water Beading and Why Does It Matter?
When it rains, have you ever noticed that some surfaces
seem to collect tiny droplets of water, while other
surfaces leave behind streak marks? Those tiny droplets,
or beads, form when water comes into contact with
hydrophobic surfaces, like car wax. Hydrophobic surfaces
have a high level of surface tension that repel water
and cause it to form beads that easily roll off
surfaces. So, why does all this matter? Water beading
means a high surface tension. A high surface tension
means that the wax sealant on your car is doing its job
by creating a barrier between your paintwork and dirt,
grime, and the elements. In addition to protecting your
vehicle, wax sealants create a slick surface, which
eliminates the need for heavy-duty scrubbing the next
time you need a car wash.
What Are The Benefits of Car Wax Treatments?
Water beading indicates a high-quality wax barrier, but
why is this invisible barrier so vital? The most obvious
benefit of a wax sealant is the beautiful, shiny finish
that we all love. Aside from appearances, opting to get
a wax treatment after your car wash can save you a lot
of money in the long run. The barrier these sealants
create prevents rust, fading color, and fine lines. By
preserving the integrity of your car, you’ll also be
protecting your investment and increasing your resale
Maintaining the wax barrier on your car is also a great
safety measure when driving in wet conditions. The
hydrophobic coating allows for better visibility because
it repels water. This means you’ll be maximizing the
life of your windshield wipers while maintaining
visibility in rainy weather.
Lastly, car wax treatments mean a less frequent need for
washes and make cleaning your car the next time around a
breeze. The hydrophobic qualities of wax make it
difficult for dirt, bird poop, pollen, bugs, and grime
to adhere to the surface of your car. That means less
scrubbing for us and a longer-lasting shine for you.
When Do I Need To Get A Car Wax For Water Beading?
You’ll know it’s time for a new wax treatment based on
the size of the water beads on your car. The larger the
water beads, the weaker the wax sealant. A quick water
beading test is an easy way to tell! Simply pour a glass
of water onto your car. If tiny beads still form, you’re
in good shape. If you notice water leaves streaks and
fully wets the surface of your vehicle, your sealant is
getting old and losing capability of shielding your
vehicle from the elements. This is referred to as water
sheeting, which indicates there is little to no
hydrophobic coating on your vehicle, leaving your
paintwork exposed to dirt and grime, and eventually
subject to fading.
Drive by Take 5 Car Wash Today
At Take 5 Car Wash, we offer the best car wax treatments
when you select either our High 5 Wash or the Wash,
Wheels, and Wax option. Protect your investment by
protecting your car’s exterior from rust, fading, dirt,
and fine lines. For the best car wax near you, visit
Take 5 Car Wash today.