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How to wax a car to get eye-catching results? 8 steps waxing guide

A man thinking that how to wax a car

Most people think if they wash a car at the regular interval with the best car wash soaps, the job is done and now the car will maintain its shine for a long time. Well, that’s not true there is another job which needs to be done to protect the car’s surface from UV rays and other pollutants in the environment. Yes, you heard it right it is called waxing.

But the waxing also comes with the proper technique and procedure that should be adopted to get amazing and eye-catching results. Here are 8 steps on how to wax a car properly.

1. Gather all tools and materials.

Things needed in waxing

The first step is to buy and gather all the materials and tools that are required throughout the entire process. Like

Gathering all these products before will help us a lot and save us a lot of time. Like if we don’t manage all these before then we have to buy any of the missing products at the same spot by ordering them online or rushing towards the store hence wasting our 3 to 4 days in delivery.

2. Wash your car

wash your car

Washing a car is an essential part of whole process of waxing it. It ensures to get maximum results after waxing by cleaning any type of pollutant that may stick to the car’s surface as it travels.

If we don’t wash a car then the micropollutant particles remain there and may damage the paint’s clear coat when we apply the wax and rub it in a circular motion. Make sure to remove dirt and grime from small crevices of door handles, etc.

3. Let it dry

Let it dry

Most people don’t let the car’s surface dry and they start applying wax to the wet surface. If the surface is wet, the wax will not stick to the surface and run off the surface which was intended to be waxed.

The best way is to dry the car’s surface by using squeegee blades firstly to remove the excess water and then drying it with the help of a microfiber towel or cloth.

4. Read the instruction on the wax manual

Read instructions carefully

It is recommended to read all the instructions on the manual that comes along with the wax. Because different types of waxes serve different purposes and there may be a slight difference in the way of applying them.

So, to get the most out of the product it is better to read that under what conditions this wax gives its best results.

5. Apply wax to the pad

Apply wax to the pad

Now take out your waxing pad if it comes along with the wax if not buy it separately and make them ready for use. Now apply the small amount of wax whether it is paste wax or liquid wax on onto the pad.

Don’t apply too much wax in a single go because it will be the waste of wax and cover the area of 1.5′ x 1.5′ to create a thin film of the wax layer. Because the thin layer forms a better bond with the surface as compared to the thick one.

6. Begin applying the wax in a circular motion

Start waxing in circular motion

Start applying the wax to the car’s surface in a gentle circular motion with an adequate amount of pressure. Make sure to divide the whole portion of the car into sections and then apply the wax in the block of 1.5′ x 1.5′.

It is recommended to start waxing from the front right fender and then moving onwards. Avoids waxing to the plastic or unpainted areas. If mistakenly these areas get waxed don’t panic and remove them immediately from those areas.

7. Use of polisher or buffer (optional)

Use of Polisher

The best way to get eye-catching results from waxing is by using a polisher or buffer. This reduces our time and effort and gives us more efficiency in waxing a car.

In the market, there are different types of polishers like DA (dual-action), Rotatory, and Random orbital Polishers. The most commonly used and cheap one is rotatory polisher but there is a risk of causing a burn to the paint if applied more pressure at a single point.

On the other hand, Random orbital is much risk-free because it moves in an unregular clockwise direction and preventing the pressure to be applied on a single point.

8. Remove the wax with a microfiber towel

Removing the wax

It is better to have more than one microfiber towel for this step. Now try to remove the leftover by using one side of the towel and moving onwards.

Once done now grab another dry microfiber towel to remove the wax from small crevices and places where wax is stuck.

Hooray! Now your ride is ready to enjoy.

In case of spray wax

In case of spray wax

Spray wax is a lot easier and quicker to apply and can be used to make a car shine in no time. It can’t replace the major wax sessions but can be used in between them. Sometimes can be used to skip traditional waxing due to busy routine and make a car ready to go.

Here is the procedure to apply spray wax

1. Wash a car

Just like in the case of a paste or liquid wax make sure to wash a car before waxing, and there is no loose dirt or debris on its surface.

2. Spray the wax

Now spray it on the surface (whether wet or dry ) that you want to wax. There is no need to rub the surface and leave it on the spray wax to do its job.

3. Wipe off

Place the set of microfiber towels along your side and Now wipe off the wax. Yes, that’s it the job is done and your car is ready

Some myths and their clarification about car waxing

myth: New car doesn’t need to be waxed

clarification: New car has a clear coat on the paint job which helps in its protection to a greater extent. But waxing may add more protection to the car’s surface. As the car is new and needs more care to maintain its shine and beauty.

myth: Too much waxing of your car may cause the wax to build-up

clarification: It’s not the waxing if done too much causes the wax to build up But the wrong way or procedure may cause the wax to build up in the crevices of your car.

myth: You only need to wax your car once a year

clarification: Weather conditions are different in a year which causes the car surface to lose its shine or to some extent may cause damage. It is recommended to have a major wax session every 2 to 3 months along with the spray waxing in between.

myth: Only carnauba wax is best among all

clarification: To some extent, we can say that the end result of carnauba wax is better than synthetic wax. But this doesn’t mean that it is better in all cases as synthetic wax is more durable than carnauba wax.

myth: Applying wax in a circular motion may create swirl marks

clarification: It doesn’t cause swirls to appear when the wax is applied in a circular motion. But the causes of swirls are the use of poor quality foam applicator pad or buffer. Or due to the pressure, you are applying while doing a wax.

Benefits of waxing your car

  • Protect car’s paint from exposure like UV rays and other pollutants in the air
  • Protects car’s surface from scratches
  • When applied after polish it locks the shine for a longer period of time
  • Increase the resale value of your car

How often to wax a car?

When it comes to the frequency of waxing a car in a year, everyone has their own opinion and it also depends upon the product you are using.

But the experts suggest at least wax a car four times a year which is after every three months unless you meet any special condition.

Here is the complete guide on how often you should wax your car in different conditions or scenarios.

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John Wilson

Hi, My name is john and I am a car enthusiast and love to try new products on my cars and also I am a professional content writer and have been writing articles on cars for a year now

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