Tips for Waxing Your Car

carwaxingDid you know that experts recommend waxing your car every three months? Pollution from the air and roads and other environmental factors can damage your exterior but frequent waxing can add some protection against these unavoidable elements. Regular waxing will prolong the life of the paint by providing UV protection and some scratch resistance. It will also help your car stay cleaner in between washes. Follow these tips on how to wax a car:

Prepare and gather supplies
Before getting started, gather the supplies you will need.

  • Car wax
  • Application tool such as a clean sponge or microfiber cloth, some car waxes come with a foam applicator
  • Microfiber buffing cloth

Wash and dry your vehicle before waxing. Make sure the car is completely dry, any amount of water on the car will result in streaks. Do not wax your car in extreme temperatures, between 55 degrees and 85 degrees is recommended. Avoid waxing your car in the sun. Waxing in the sun and/or extremely hot temperatures can cause the wax to ‘bake’ into your paint. You will get the best results waxing indoors or in a shaded area.

Apply the car wax
Divide your car up in sections. A good recommendation is one-quarter of a panel at a time. Apply a small amount of wax using your microfiber cloth or sponge. Apply thin layers one section at a time with gentle, overlapping circular strokes. Thin layers give better results. Let the wax sit a few minutes per the car wax instruction. Check the bottle as some waxes require a set amount of time before removal.

Buffing removes the wax and leaves a stunning, glossy shine. Buff the wax off with a clean microfiber cloth. Be sure to rotate your towel frequently so that you buff with a clean cloth. Keep an extra buffing cloth handy in case the other one has too much wax buildup. If any streaks remain after you are done, a detailing spray and a clean buffing cloth usually fixes this problem.

Repeat often
Remember to wax often, typically every three months. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can always add a wax at your local car wash facility. It may not look as good as when you do it by hand but will provide some added protection until you find the time. In the meantime, enjoy that clean, shiny car!

Do you have a certain car wax product or application tip you prefer? Share with us in the comments section.