Waxing a car is a necessity to keep it clean but if you want to keep your car clean isn’t washing the car once or twice a week enough? Well waxing a car is not just there to clean the bodywork of your car, it is also there to protect, enhance and to retain the original shining paintjob of the car. Waxing a car will help you retain that brand new look of your paintjob for years to come.
So what’s with all the fuss around how to properly wax your car? Well it has become a fuss in the past few years mainly due to the amount of different choices available in the car wax department. In the good old days we used to have a simple paste wax that we’d apply, dry it for a while and wipe it off with a cloth. This is not the case now, you have to choose the suitable wax for your car according to the manufacturer’s recommendation and the paintjob type and after that you have to follow instructions to the point to get the perfect waxing results. Not so simple now …
So the purpose of writing this publication is to help you along the process of waxing your car with some very useful tips so that we may be able to ease your task of getting a perfect wax on your car. So let’s get into it.
Starting Things Off with Different Car Wax Types
Before we get into details of how to wax your car we should discuss the different types of car wax you will have to choose from. For more details on car wax types follow the link.
- Spray Wax
- Liquid Wax
- Paste Wax
These are the mainly preferred wax types among the car owners today. These wax types cater to not only personal preferences but also more importantly different paintjob types of the vehicles and the level of abrasiveness in each of the car waxes differ. You can find detailed information in the linked article above.
There are two types of car owners, the first type include enthusiast who are constantly obsessed by the way how their car looks and obviously they prefer it to look all shiny and clean all the time. These car owners love to spend hours and hours cleaning and detailing their car’s paintjob with the help of different products and they don’t mind the time being consumed.
The second type of car owners include people who want their car to look shiny and clean too but they don’t have hours to achieve that goal.
Now with different types of car waxes available in the market you can get a wax on your car within half an hour and can get the somewhat of the same shiny and clean result on your paintjob as the one that can take a little more time to apply.
Start Waxing with Clean Surface
Now you will be wondering that it’s the basic thing to do before applying any type of wax on to the body of the car, cleaning or washing the car, but there is more to it. Washing the car does not guarantee that the dirt particles and other elements that are embedded deep within the paintjob will be removed as well. So waxing over those particles or elements will not enhance the paintjob’s look as it is supposed to. So what to do to remove those dust particles?
The best thing to remove those elements is to use a clay bar when you have washed your car. You have to choose the clay bar with attention to the abrasiveness level of the clay bar. Once used with lubrication, the clay bar will remove all the elements embedded within the paintjob that will come in way of an excellent car wax finish.
Cleaner & Non-Cleaner Wax
The use of cleaner and non-cleaner wax is totally dependent on the paintjob. The paintjobs on the contemporary cars that have been produced in the last couple of decades have clear coating on them and the cars that were manufactured before that time have a more traditional paintjob without a clear coat.
So the presence of clear coat has removed the possibility of abrasive waxes to be used on these paintjobs.
Cleaner Wax is mostly abrasive in nature and should be avoided on the clear coat paintjobs and non-cleaner wax should be preferred. To identify if the wax you are about to select for your car is non-cleaner one, you should look for the terms “cleans” or “polishes” on the label these terms identify the non-cleaner waxes.
Removing Minor Defects
Before you move on to the waxing phase you have to make sure that there aren’t any scratches or stains that need fixing. If there are such defects in the paintjob then it is better to use abrasive polish to fix these issues before applying wax on your car.
There is a certain misconception regarding car wax that the wax removes or eliminates scratches on the paintjob. Let us make that clear that the wax only cover up those scratches temporarily and don’t provide permanent solution. For a permanent solution on car scratch removal, follow the link.
Spray wax is the easiest one to use of all the wax types and is the only one with non-abrasive property. Spray waxes have been around for not too long compared to paste and liquid waxes but they have made their mark rather quickly due to their user friendliness and polymer.
The polymer coating technology that is introduced in the spray waxes provide the best results when it comes to shinny gloss finish and protection from dirt elements. The easy to use spray wax can be applied within few minutes and give out equally good finished shine.
To apply spray wax all you need is a clean microfiber buffing towel and spray wax in the other hand. Spray the wax onto the body of the car and swipe it with the buffing towel distributing the wax evenly over the concentrated area. After that flip the buffing towel upside down and use the dry clean side to give a final buff. That’s it, all done. You just have to keep one thing in mind that is to spray and wipe small area at a time.
Liquid Wax & Paste Wax
Paste wax has been the go to for every car owner for a very long time but now the trend of using paste car wax is slowly declining due to multiple options available now besides the paste wax. As far as the liquid wax is concerned it is almost the same as the paste wax.
The liquid waxes are mostly produced by the same manufacturers which also produce paste waxes and they produce the liquid waxes of the same paste waxes so the formula remains the same but the texture and method of applying the wax changes due to the texture. Liquid wax requires machine application whereas the paste wax can be applied by hand using application foam.
The only thing to keep in mind when using these car waxes is that these polymer waxes don’t need heavy application and will work perfectly with a thin coat application.
There are certain instructions you have to follow when it comes to use of paste and liquid waxes and we are going to discuss them here so you can follow them to get the best results.
- When waxing your car it is always better to apply the wax on the car when it is under a shade avoiding direct sunlight
- When applying the wax on the car it is always a good idea to go for the applicator that is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer and if there is no recommendation it is better to use a foam to apply the wax on to the car
- When applying wax on to the car it is better to work on small portion at a given time
- Using too much wax during application is just a waste of product you don’t need to use heavy coating when it comes to car wax application
- Always apply the car wax in back and forth motion and avoid circular motion
When you’re done with waxing you’ll feel the car’s paintjob to be slick and smooth streaks and smudges free.
There is a chance that streaks from wax will still be there even after you have properly cleaned it with clean buffing towel. The easiest trick to tackle this is by parking your car in the sun for a few minutes just enough to warm the body up. Once the body is warmed up you can move the car back to the shade area and use a detail spray and a clean buffing towel to wipe the affected area clean.
Something for Show Car Enthusiasts
Enthusiasts who prepare their cars for different car shows and car meets can use a little trick that we are going to share with you. All you need is a synthetic wax and carnauba wax, the combination of these two waxes will create a stunning glossy finish for your car.
All you have to do is to apply a single coat of the synthetic wax and wait for 12 to 24 hours for the next step. The next step is to apply one or more coats of carnauba wax depending on your requirement. The critical point in the whole process is the time of 12 to 24 hour that is required for each coat to harden, if you don’t let the coat harden in the whole process then this trick will not work and you will end up with a dull look. Properly applied coats will reveal a truly mesmerizing glossy finish on your car’s paintjob.
Hope you find this publication useful.
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