How to Wax a Car


Car Wax Bottle          Car waxing is one of the best ways to protect your car’s paint job and detail your vehicle. Car wax contains protectants which absorb some of the sun’s UV rays. Since UV erodes paint, wax will allow your vehicle’s paint job to last much longer. In addition wax causes water from rain to bead on the car and slide off it protecting your vehicle from moisture damage. There are many different types of wax on the market from liquid to paste, each containing different types of protectants. In addition there are different tools one can use to wax your vehicle including wax pads and wax car buffers. Follow these steps to wax your car and protect it from the elements.

Step 1

Car Wash SoapWash your car thoroughly with a good car wash soap that is free of its own wax. Let the car dry or dry it with a shammy cloth. Make sure the car is completely free of moisture before waxing it.

Step 2

Car Wax BufferIf you want a more professional wax job that will last longer purchase a car wax buffer. Car waxing buffers rotate at a certain rpm and provide more buffing action than you will ever be able to produce with your own elbow grease. If you are on a tight budget than purchase a regular hand waxing pad. These usually come with the purchase of a car wax container so you do not need to worry about purchasing them separately. They are called applicator pads.

Step 3

Car Wax ApplicatorUse the hand applicator pad that comes with your purchase to apply wax to the metal exterior surfaces of your vehicle. Apply the wax in small circular motions.

Step 4

Let the wax dry to a more solid film on the vehicle. This may only be a few minutes of drying time. It depends on the type of wax you buy. Just read the instruction labels on whatever wax you buy to figure out the drying time.

Step 5

Car Wax BufferAfter the wax has dried sufficiently, start using the buffing machine to buff the wax into the body of the car and remove it. You do not need to apply too much force with the buffing machine as it will already be spinning at several hundred or even thousand rpm. Pick small areas and move the machine over them several times until all the wax is gone from the car’s surface. Repeat this process all over the vehicle. If you do not have the automatic buffer, then use a soft cloth such as a 100% cotton T-shirt as your buffer. Use your hands to buff the car with the cloth yourself in circular motions. You may need several cloths to do the job as one will not be enough to soak up all the wax from your vehicle.

Step 6

After you have finished buffing the entire car, use a soft terry cloth and do a walk over the entire surface. This means closely inspect the entire surface of the car and find any areas you may have missed with either the car wax buffer or your cloth. These areas will most likely be small crevices such as near window moldings or tail lights. Use your cloth to buff out these areas.

Step 7

Your car is now waxed and protected for the next six months or so. Repeat this process at least twice per year to protect your vehicle’s paint from fading and premature wear.

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