Some are solid color all the way through. Others are painted on top of the plastic. Depends on the color. Others here will know which specifically. Yes, a coat of wax will reduce the Damaging effects of grime on the surface.
Gotta say, it’s been a while since I made the effort to wax a car, but I can really feel the difference between an unwaxed panel and a waxed one. Given that the Smart is not the most aerodynamic car to begin with, smooth surfaces probably can’t hurt. Not much one can do with the textured roof of the pure, unfortunately.
I have definitely found this to be true on the cars which I have owned and which developed an oxidized coating EVEN on the clear coat.since even the molded in colors are clearcoated, waxing doesn't hurt and may help with the clearcoat peeling that occurs.
I absolutely agree! The SMART panels shine like diamonds in the sun!Had 2011 Smart ICE in red & 2014 Smart ED in white, both had panels with solid color plastic/ all the way through. Did some drilling on tailgates on both, for MB vintage star emblem (bolt/screw mounting). But there is a clear finish on top of plastic panels for that nice shine. Keep waxing those panels.