This is a common misconception. New cars, (those from the mid eighties to present) have a new style paint called clear coat. This clear coat is actually paint with no color pigment but it is susceptible to the effects of rain, snow, salt, bird droppings and other environmental pollutants. The painted surface when magnified has millions of small valleys that can hold surface contaminants that can damage the clear coat finish. Earlier models of vehicles had many layers of paint and early paste waxes have small abrasive particles which actually acted as a type of mild sandpaper which would remove the damaged layers of paint. Using this type of waxing process can damage the new clear coat finishes. The clear coat finishes need to be cared for, once damage is done to a clear coat finish many times the only way to correct it is to have the vehicle repainted. ZAP Car Wash offers Blue Coral brand clear coat safe waxes and polishes both in the tunnel applications as well as in our Express Detailing Centers. The waxes are designed to work with the finish to help preserve its life and keep it looking new for many years.