How To Properly Wax A Car

Waxing a car can help you extend the life of your car’s paint and gives it a brilliant shine that can help deflect water. However…if done improperly, you could damage your car’s finish and create a problem where none exists. Let’s learn a few things about wax products and procedure, then we’ll jump in to the steps to get your car looking fierce!

1. Waxing is not the same as polishing. Ideally, you should do both. Choosing the right products is crucial.  Stick the same brands for wax and polish.  This blogger’s personal preference is for Meguiar’s products. So what exactly is the difference between waxing and polishing? Waxing seals and protects your paint while providing a shine. Polishing is used pre-wax to clean and remove blemishes in your paint. The kinds of things that can blemish your car are acid rain, bird poo, overspray, and minor scratches that haven’t etched into the paint’s surface.

2. The frequency with which you should polish is 6 months. Waxing can take place as often as once every 1-3 months.

3. You can buy wax in paste or liquid form. Neither is better than the other; it is a personal preference on which you prefer to use. For beginners, it seems like the liquid waxes are easier to work with.

4. Want to speed up the process? You can purchase an orbital buffer to spread and polish the wax. It’s perfectly acceptable to do the entire job by hand.

5. Before you wax, give your car a thorough wash. Be sure to remove all traces of water or dampness.

6. Never, EVER wax your car in the hot sun. It can etch your paint leaving you with unsightly swirl marks in your paint.

Steps to Wax Your Car

Prepare your tools:

  • High-quality wax (paste or liquid wax)
  • And applicator for the wax (can be the foam type)
  • ?Microfiber buffing towel
  • Orbital buffer (optional)

Step 1

Put your car in a shaded area. This is important – do not park your car in the sun! Likewise, never wax your car while the paint is hot to the touch. Make sure that the car has been freshly washed and has no traces of water on it or in the crevices.

Step 2

Take a good hard look at the entire paint surface. If you see minor imperfections such as spots from acid rain or bug debris, use polishing compound to remove those spots.

Step 3

Choose one area of your car to start with. Work on only one section at a time. You should first wax the upper parts of your vehicle first to avoid scratching the finish. Start waxing the hood, roof, and the trunk followed by the fenders, upper section of the doors, and the bumpers. The lower valance should be waxed last. Apply wax using a clean applicator in small circular motions. Less is more. The photo above shows too heavy of an application.

Step 4

After applying wax to your first section give it time to let the wax dry to a haze. However, you should avoid letting the wax sit in the paint for prolonged periods of time. This could make it difficult to remove the haze. The amount of time you let it set before buffing will depend on the ambient temperature, the humidity level and more.

Step 5

Next, you begin buffing. It’s perfectly fine to buff by hand using a microfiber towel, or you can use an orbital buffer. Just as when you applied the wax, start from the top and work your way down.

Step 6

Repeat each step above for each section of your vehicle.

If Things Don’t Pan Out…

We all have busy schedules and lots going on in our lives. Waxing is pretty important to maintain your vehicle’s appearance and to protect your paint. But if you don’t have the time to perform these steps, visit us at SVG Motors. Our staff can set you up with an appointment to have your car waxed for you. Call our service department for details. 855-223-2971


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