If you’re looking for that final touch to add a rich gloss and shine to your car’s paintwork, carnauba car wax is a popular choice. If this wax is used with care, you can keep your car looking clean and fresh all year round, which is something that is close to the heart of every ChipsAway technician. That’s why we’re giving you an explanation of what carnauba wax is, how to use it and some things to be aware of.
What is carnauba wax?
Carnauba wax, also known as the “Queen of Wax”, is a product that can give your automobile a professional-looking finish. The ingredients are derived from palm trees native to Brazil which are known as the “Trees of Life” due to the harsh climate they grow in. The wax is collected from the leaves as the trees secrete it to protect them from damage caused by the hot, dry weather.
The leaves of the carnauba palm are harvested and then dried so that the wax from the leaves flakes off. This can come in many different forms but is blended with oils and other wax types to create a user-friendly car product.
Raw carnauba wax flakes
How to Use carnauba car wax
The first thing to take note of when applying this product to your car is to make sure the car is well cleaned and prepared as this will determine how good the final finish is. Ensuring you wash and polish the car before will help give you that showroom shine you’re looking for.
Identifying how you want to apply the wax to your car is the first step. This can be done using a foam applicator, your hands or a microfiber cloth. The most common of these methods is using a foam applicator as it enables you to achieve a very thin layer and spreads the wax evenly. When using carnauba car wax, less is more. By using less it will reduce the cure time and makes it easier when you’re removing the remaining wax residue.
Applying the wax with a foam applicator
The next step is to apply a small amount of the wax to the clean, foam applicator by wiping the pad across the surface of the product. Then, working in small circular motions, you can begin to gently apply the wax onto the car making sure you cover the area evenly. Once you feel like the wax is running out, re-apply more to the pad and continue to do the same until the whole of your car is covered.
You will need to wait between 10-20 minutes before buffing the remaining wax. Using a microfibre cloth will enable you to remove the excess wax in a couple of wipes. If you find this to be a problem the chances are you’ve probably applied too much or not left it on long enough. For more durability we recommend applying 2-3 coats, waiting at least 2 hours between them (but up to 24 hours) to ensure the first coat has fully cured.
Issues to be aware of when using carnauba wax
The amount you use Carnauba car wax is extremely efficient when used correctly; however, if too little or too much is applied the desired effect won’t be achieved. Product will be wasted when buffing the car if you have applied too much.
Ideally, it’s recommended to re-apply every 4-6 weeks, but the key is simply to re-apply another coat before the previous one wears off, to make sure that the shine is maintained. When you re-apply can depend on the below:
Weather conditions When applying this product you should take the weather into consideration. Harsher rain, wind and sun can all wear the wax out more quickly. By monitoring how well water beads run off your car it will give you an indication of how protected the paintwork is.
Other types of wax are available
Carnauba wax is excellent, but there may be another wax better suited to your needs. We wrote a post on car wax reviews that might be of interest, but leaving it to the professionals at your local car valeting service is another option!
The ChipsAway way
Waxing is the icing on the cake of paintwork that has been well looked after - dents or scratches will always get in the way of a great finish. ChipsAway specialists are experts in restoring cars that have had cosmetic damage. If you want some help removing scratches from your car, get in touch with ChipsAway today.