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Proper Auto Waxing

Posted by Derek Sirois on

Regular waxing of your car doesn’t just keep it looking pretty, it also extends the life of your vehicle. Aside from the aesthetics, waxing helps to prevent paint peeling and corrosion that can permanently damage your vehicle’s finish. In this article, we’re going to explore the different types of waxes and methods you can use to keep your car showroom shiny.

Different Types of Car Wax

There are two basic types of car wax. Natural and Synthetic. Natural waxes are derived mostly from plants. For example, carnauba wax is made from the natural wax that forms on the leaves of the Brazillian Copernicia Cerifera Palm Tree. The benefit to natural waxes like carnauba, is that they provide a deep hypnotizing shine, especially on darker colored paint, but tend to wear away easily, in inclimate weather.

Synthetic Wax are made with polymers and other chemical additives that actually bond with the paint. They give you a nice shine that lasts longer than natural waxes, but lack the deep luster of a good carnauba wax.

When selecting what type of wax you want to use, you’ll need to weigh the time and effort you’re willing to invest, and decide if longevity or the quality matters the most to you. Not only do we carry a wide variety of waxes, polishes and other auto detailing products, we also work hard to provide you with all the information you need on our products, how they work and what to expect when using them. Feel free to contact us if you need help deciding what to use.

What You’ll Need

  • A Completely clean and dry car free of any debris or moisture
  • Some Natural or Synthetic wax Such as Polishing System’s Carnauba Creme (Natural) or Polishing System’s Liquid Poly (Synthetic)
  • A foam wax applicator
  • A Quality Microfiber Towel
  • (Optional) Orbital wax buffer and a quality finishing pad.
  • Plenty of elbow grease if you don’t have an orbital wax buffer.

Before You Wax

Before waxing your vehicle there are a few things that you need to be sure of. Properly preparing your car for waxing is just as important as the wax itself.

  1. Your vehicle needs to be completely clean, free of any debris and dry as a bone. Otherwise you run the risk of either creating scratches with abrasive substances during buffing or you’ll end up with ugly streaks that will be difficult to buff out later.
  2. Waxing in either extreme heat or cold can make the process incredibly difficult or even impossible. For the best results, you should apply and spread the wax in conditions between 55 and 85 Degrees. Waxing while it’s too hot will cause the wax to instantly dry before you have a chance to buff it out. Conversely, waxing it’s too cold will make the wax too hard and difficult to spread evenly.

If possible, wax your car inside a garage out of direct sunlight, otherwise the rays of the sun can interfere with the wax job. Sunlight can actually heat up the cars surface and also leave a waxy residue which can become difficult to remove If you absolutely have to wax your ride outdoors, be sure to pick a cloudy and overcast day or work in the early morning or evening,




Hand Application

  1. Place some wax directly onto either the foam applicator that came with your wax or on you’ve purchased separately. The amount of wax you use is crucial. This is one of those things where less is more. Using too much will only create more waste and make it harder to remove, and do nothing for your shine.
  2. Using soft overlapping circular motions, evenly apply the wax over small sections of the car. You don’t want to apply the wax over your entire car before you buff. This will give it an opportunity to dry and make it harder to work with.
  3. Be sure to let the wax sit for a few minutes if the manufacturer recommends. You may have to buff in sections, stop and finally wipe away the wax. A good indicator that the wax is ready to come off is by swiping your finger across the finish. If it leaves a smudge then the wax isn’t quite ready to be removed. If it’s clear then you’re ready to wipe the rest of the wax away
  4. With a clean microfiber cloth, remove all of the wax using circular motions. When you feel resistance on the cloth and it begins to drag, you’ll want to flip it over and continue wiping away the remaining wax to reveal a smooth finish

Machine Application

  1. Place some wax directly onto your orbital buffer’s foam applicator pad. The amount of wax you use is crucial. This is one of those things where less is more. Using too much will only create more waste and make it harder to remove, and do nothing for your shine.
  2. Using the low speed setting on your buffer, evenly apply the wax over small sections of the car. You don’t want to apply the wax over your entire car before you buff. This will give it an opportunity to dry and make it harder to work with.
  3. Be sure to let the wax sit for a few minutes if the manufacturer recommends. You may have to buff in sections, stop and finally wipe away the wax. A good indicator that the wax is ready to come off is by swiping your finger across the finish. If it leaves a smudge then the wax isn’t quite ready to be removed. If it’s clear then you’re ready to wipe the rest of the wax away
  4. With a clean microfiber cloth, remove all of the wax using circular motions. When you feel resistance on the cloth and it begins to drag, you’ll want to flip it over and continue wiping away the remaining wax to reveal a smooth finish