The uses for turtle wax

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The uses for turtle wax
Turtle Wax is famous for protecting paint jobs. (Beading on Red Car image by emiria331 from

Though the Turtle Wax brand of car wax is famous for its long-time association with waxing and maintaining a car's paint job, there a number of people who have found other uses for the popular wax in and out of the garage. From waxing a bicycle frame to maintaining a patio chair, Turtle Wax can be used to protect and polish just about any painted surface.

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Waxing Vehicles

The intended and most common way to use Turtle Wax is to protect your car's paint and finish by waxing and buffering. This beads water away from the surface and helps deflect very minor nicks and scratches, saving your valuable paint job in the process. Cars seem to stay cleaner longer and maintain a clear coat shine even in foul weather when the wax is used properly and often. However, to maintain the polished look, you must wax and buff the car frequently to remove the tiny scratches and swirls that eventually show up in the wax.

Polishing Boats and Bikes

Turtle Wax is also safe to use on fibreglass surfaces, making it perfect for boats or gliders. Putting the wax over a new paint job or on the underside of a boat will help keep it looking new and glide through the water with less resistance. On motorcycles and bicycles, Turtle Wax can keep gas tanks and frames in shape by absorbing some of the wear from legs rubbing against the surface and preventing pitting or scratches from leaves and bugs.

The uses for turtle wax
Turtle Wax can keep scuffs and wear off your bike. (black motorcycle image by Yuri Bizgaimer from

Preventing Rust

Using Turtle Wax on parts of bikes, cars and boats can actually prevent rust from forming or building up on a surface. The wax beads away water which not only protects the surface and paint, but keeps water from soaking and oxidising metals, causing rust or tarnish. This also applies to other equipment: tractors, mowers and any kind of lawn or industrial equipment that is regularly exposed to the elements. Regularly applying a thin layer of wax to these machines can help prevent rusting in the future.

The uses for turtle wax
Tractors and mowers can benefit from the rust-protection of Turtle Wax. (tractor image by Alison Bowden from

Polishing Furniture and Appliances

Turtle Wax also puts a polish on outdoor furniture and appliances. Patio chairs, deck tables and any other type of lawn furniture can be polished and protected from rust with an application of wax. Fibreglass sheds can also be maintained using wax to protect the shed from water and mildew. Appliances like sinks and marble wall tile can benefit from a wax polish as can the outsides of bathtubs and hot tubs.

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