How to Apply Car Wax by Hand for a Flawless Finish

Waxing your car can help preserve the clean and flawless finish of your vehicle by protecting the exterior from dirt and debris. Even if you are washing your car with a product that contains wax, experts recommend waxing your car once every 3 months. Cars exposed to harsh elements, such as dirt, snow or salt should be waxed more frequently. Caring for your paintwork can even help maintain your car’s value. 

man waxing a blue car

You will need:

  • High-quality car wax product
  • Poly Foam Wax Applicator
  • Microfiber cloth or similar soft cloth
  • A clean and dry vehicle

1. Buy a high-quality car wax

 
You can find a range of car waxes at your local automotive store and supermarkets. Choose between a Liquid, Paste or Spray Wax (dependant on personal preference).  Paste and liquid waxes offer protection that lasts a longer period of time, whereas a spray wax has a shorter application time, but you will need to apply the wax more often than you would with paste or liquid waxes. Some tub waxes are sold with an application pad. If you do not have a pad, we suggest using a Polyurethane Foam Wax Applicator to achieve a thin even coating.
 

2. Prepare your car for waxing

 
Using car shampoo and water, thoroughly clean your vehicle in preparation for waxing. The car should be completely clean and dry before applying wax to achieve the best results. Always be sure to read through the instructions on the wax packaging you have chosen, and follow the guidelines of the manufacturer. You can also try to park in a shaded area so that the wax does not dry too quickly.
 

3. Apply the wax to your vehicle

 
Choose an area of your car to begin waxing. Dip the pad into the wax, using a thumb-sized amount and apply the wax using a small, circular motion. A thin layer of wax should be applied to the entire car, the more wax you use, the harder it will be to buff later. Apply the wax in either horizontal or vertical rows of circles to ensure the whole surface of the vehicle is covered in waxTip: Do not apply wax to the exterior plastic such as headlights, tail lights, or any other area advised against on the product’s instructions
 

4. Removing the wax

 
Now the hard work begins! After you have waxed the entire vehicle, leave it to dry – the wax may appear matte and chalky. Using a microfiber cloth or similar soft cloth, begin to remove the wax using a circular motion to buff the surface of your car. After all the wax is removed, your car should appear shiny, glossy and have a flawless finish.
 
Regularly waxing your car is necessary if you want to protect your car’s paint from the elements but also improve the appearance of your washed and polished paint.
 
If this guide has inspired you to improve the condition of your vehicle, then make sure you get any scratches and scuffs repaired ASAP so they don’t turn into more extensive, and therefore more expensive, damage!
 
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