It used to be that washing and waxing the car are seperate activities that can take up to a couple hours time. However, currently there are many 2-in-1 wash and wax car shampoo products on the market that claims to save you much trouble by having the ability to not only wash, but leave a wax-like coating over the vehicle after you’re done with it. Popular brands such as Kit and turtlewax carries them, too.
Sounds nice, right? Though it won’t leave your car as shiny as a real wax job, it does pretty good. Afterall, it’s not even half the effort anyway. This is all nice and dandy until I found out the small problem associated with using these type of product.
You see, whenever we wash the car, we tend to also use the same car shampoo for washing the windshield, and here lies the trouble. The 2-in-1 shampoo will leave the same wax-like coating all over your windshield, and when the it is raining and cold, you get very screwed up visibility problem. The windshiled will fog up from the outside, and the coating will serve as a very good surface for the fog to cloak up your window to the road. This is particulary evident while driving in low speed, using the wipers didn’t help much.
So, if you use these 2-in-1 wash and wax products, make sure you do not wash your windshield with the same product. Check out the photos below.
normal windshield visibility
windshield fogged up after using 2-in-1 wash and wax product