Waxing your car is one of the most important things you can even do to your vehicle. Much of a car’s or truck’s value lies within its paint job and upkeep. Wax adds protection to your paint from environmental elements. Waxing your car the correct way can also give you a deep luster and shine that keep you so satisfied with your car, you may reconsidered purchasing a new one so soon.
There are different methods people use to wax cars. The most common method people use to wax vehicles is the, “wax on, wax off” in a circular motion. The circular motion application is extremely bad for your paint and a method that many detailing professionals do not recommend. We will go more in detail about how the most common waxing procedure is harmful to your paint and some things to consider to get the most out of waxing your car or truck.
1) Make Sure Paint is Completely Clean
This is the most important step when preparing your car for wax. If the paint is not completely clean before waxing, any dirt, debris, or grime that is on the car will be sealed into the paint with the wax. The dirt and particles will also be rubbed into the paint with the application of the wax, causing thousands of tiny scratches that leave something commonly known as spider marks.
If you look at your paint in the sun from multiple angles, it is likely that you will see swirls and scratches in your paint. These come from neglecting your paint and the improper methods for washing and waxing your paint. Make sure the car is completely clean to ensure the wax is going on a smooth and clean surface that will allow the wax to achieve its maximum potential.
2) Apply Wax With Lines of the Vehicle
This step is very important. The commonly used circular waxing motion causes swirls in your paint. It is virtually impossible to remove all of the dirt from the vehicle unless a clay bar has been correctly applied to the paint. Applying wax in a circular motion alone causes swirls, but when tiny particles of dirt and debris are on the paint, this intensifies the swirl marks and scratches in the vehicles paint. The best way to apply wax is to apply the wax with the lines of the vehicle.
The best way to understand this concept is to visualize a car going through wind tunnel testing, how the air flows over and on the sides of the vehicle; you should apply your wax this same direction. This would include going front to back on the sides, hood, roof, and trunk, but going side to side on panels like your bumpers. By applying wax in this fashion, you will not get swirl scratches in your paint from applying wax and the scratches you do get will flow with the lines of the vehicle, making them less obvious. Use this waxing procedure to get the most out of your wax and paint job.
3) Polish Out the Wax
Polishing out your wax is the last step to having a professional quality wax job. Since you applied your wax in a straight-line motion, you want to remove the wax with a circular motion. Removing the wax in a circular motion will not damage or scratch your paint. When removing your wax, use a high quality microfiber towel for optimal results. Microfiber towels are soft on your paint and collect a great about of wax off of your paint, supplying optimal results. Start by placing your towel in the center of a panel that has wax applied to it and start work your way to the outer panel, slowly removing the wax from the vehicle with your towel. Once complete, you can wipe down the vehicle sparingly one final time with a clean microfiber to ensure all surface level wax is removed.
Using this method and procedures to waxing your car will give you great results and tons of satisfaction. This method also makes it easier for you by allowing you to save energy when applying the wax, versus using the incorrect circular motion. There are several waxes detailers choose to use on a variety of different colors of vehicles. A wax that is sure to provide great results no matter what your vehicles color is, is Meguiars Gold Class wax. Gold class can be brought from many retail auto supply stores and when used correctly can last for long periods time. Take great care of your vehicle and it will be sure to take great care of you, happy waxing!
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Mike Calloway is the founder of Premere Auto Detail, an auto detailing firm in Washington, DC. In his spare time he loves making music, being president of Trinity Digital Marketing, and studying successful businesses. He can be found on Twitter at @WesTruthLives and Google Plus at +Mike Calloway.