Join Date: Jun 2004
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Originally Posted by chico1st
Where I live it rains fairly often but I like the idea of using wax on my bike. If you ride while it is raining will the wax just wear away super quickly? What about if its post rain?
How long will wax last if i only ride it when its dry? what about wet and dry conditions?
I don't see what one of these things has to do with the other...it rains where you live, BUT you like to use wax? Isn't repelling water one of the main reasons people DO use wax? Thus it would be reasonable to assume that wax would be formulated to do the job it's sold for...
I don't wax my bike (come on, it's a bike), but I've done several stories and tests for newspapers and magazines on car care, including care of the paint. Modern finishes will stay glossy for several years with or without wax, but wax does protect them to a degree. We haven't tested this specifically, but I doubt that unpolluted rain has much effect on how long the wax lasts. It's just water.
How long the wax lasts on a bike ridden in the rain is so far down my list of concerns that i've never even considered it, but a good wax job on a car will give protection for a few to several months, depending on conditions. My guess would be that sun degrades it faster than rain, so if that's right, you'd want to avoid riding on nice days.
FWIW, the paint that's already on the bike gives excellent protection from water, and unless your frame is steel, water's not going to hurt it anyway--aluminum and carbon are unaffected by it.