There’s something oddly satisfying about waxing a car on your own. Since most car owners don’t think twice about washing their cars, waxing is something that is commonly left to professional auto detailers. If you share this sentiment, think again. Waxing a car is a simple task that can make your car look as new as the day you bought it. Not to mention the feeling of pride you’ll undoubtedly have afterward. Read on below to find out how to wax a car, step by step.
Choose a high-quality car wax
To start, you’ll need to figure out what type of wax to use on your car.
There are several types of auto wax out there, and they can be confusing. From liquid to hard waxes, the choices are almost unlimited. That said, you can’t go wrong with carnauba-based car wax.
Carnauba wax is derived from the leaves of a plant that can be found in Brazil. It will give your car a high-quality shine and finish. Most car enthusiasts swear by it, and you can find this type of wax at most auto parts stores.
Make sure your car is clean and dry
Once you have that down, the next step is to make sure your car is clean and dry. For best results, wash your car thoroughly before proceeding to wax it. This is because waxing with a dusty and grimy cloth can leave your car worse off than when you started. It’s all too easy for tiny particles to scratch your car while applying the wax, so it’s best to start with a clean car.
Protect your car by waxing indoors
Choosing the proper location to do the job is also important. If you wax your car under direct sunlight, the wax will quickly dry out and it will be tough to get it out. Waxing outdoors can also attract unwanted elements, such as dirt and rain. That’s not a good idea if you want to maintain your car’s paint job. The best option is to wax your car in a well-lit garage.
Apply safety precautions
Next, check the instructions on your car wax. Depending on the brand and the type of wax, there may be specific directions that you need to follow. While this is a simple job, you still need to apply safety precautions.
Most brands of wax include a pad that you can use for applying the product. Begin by applying a small amount of wax to the pad. Too much wax can make it difficult for you to spread it on the car, and you can always apply more later if needed.
Begin waxing your car in small sections
Wax your car in small sections using a steady circular motion. A thin layer of wax on each section should work just fine. Once you start the process, pace yourself, and go around the vehicle quickly while also taking care to be precise. Letting the wax dry out completely can make it hard to remove.
Remove the wax to reveal a shinier car
After you’ve worked through all the sections of your car, you’re ready to wipe the wax off to reveal the results. Take a soft, clean cloth and use a circular motion again to remove the wax from your vehicle. When all the wax has come off, you should see a brilliant shine and luster on the surface of your vehicle. You should wax a car at least twice a year to maintain its clean and glossy look.
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