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Need to Know: Automotive Wax (3/3)

In Part 3 we walk you through the process of waxing your vehicle, taking care to discuss the different needs of different products.

This is the third and final instalment of our series on automotive wax. In the first article, we talked about how to choose the proper type of wax; last week we discussed how to properly prepare your vehicle and how to choose the best time for the job. Here, we will actually get down to the nitty gritty of applying wax to get the flawless finish we are all looking for.

In case you missed the last few weeks, here are links to the other articles in the series

Need to Know: Automotive Wax Part 1
Need to Know: Automotive Wax Part 2

We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of applying and buffing wax, taking care to talk about the differences in procedure for different types of products. As always, never hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Spray Wax Application

Spray waxes are perfect for touching up a solid base coat, and getting your car from detail to detail. Many of our customers bring their vehicles to us for a Complete Detail (which includes a wax) a few times a year, and then use spray waxes at home to keep their car looking great.

  1. Working section-by-section, spray the product onto your vehicle. Going section-by-section will allow you to get a more even finish by preventing wax from drying.
  2. Using a damp microfibre, rub the wax into your paint. Take time here to get the best results.
  3. Using a clean and dry microfibre (not the same one you just used), buff out the remaining wax. This will leave by a lustrous finish and a thin layer of protective wax.
  4. For any areas that look like they need more attention, repeat steps 2 and 3.

Liquid and Paste Wax Application

When using these products, it’s best to use a special foam applicator pad (check out the cover photo for the previous article in the series). This will help you get a more even coat.

  1. Apply a small amount of product to the foam pad, and apply to your car using circular buffing motions. Work section-by-section, as you would with spray wax.
  2. Make sure you have covered the entire section, repay if needed, then buff off with a clean and dry microfibre cloth.
  3. After everything is buffed off, give the entire vehicle a quick buff with a different clean microfibre, checking for any areas you might have missed. You want to avoid leaving any excess wax.

Removing Wax From Trim

Even when taking care to stay inside the lines, it can be easy to make a mistake and get some on the trim. Some detailers even use masking tape to prevent any wax spillage.

Getting wax on your trim isn’t a big deal, but you definitely want to remove wax from your trim. It isn’t a good look to start with, and could actually damage certain materials. Consider picking up a trim restoring product to help you clean up any affected trim areas.

Usually using these products is as simple as shaking the bottle, wiping onto the affected area, waiting a couple minutes, and then wiping off. Just make sure to read the instruction on the bottle before using.

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