Car Waxing At Home – Tips To Get It Right
18 Mar 2015
Before you start waxing your car at home, make sure to wash and dry it thoroughly.
Cleaning off the gunk from your car before waxing
- You should regularly inspect the paint to look for any contaminants like tree sap or bird droppings. These defects can rest below the surface of your paint job and the sun’s rays can oxidize them which then etch away at your paint job.
- You can find these contaminants by lately sweeping your hand against your paint. If it feels smooth then you are fine. If it does not feel smooth, you have something stuck. You can use a mildly abrasive formula to remove his contaminants rub it over the area and try to kneed it.
- You want to clean one area of the car at a time. The same way that you would only clean one room in your house at a time, you want to clean one panel of your vehicle at a time. Remove any cleaner with a microfiber towel. Use one side of the towel to break up the cleaner and any remaining contaminants and then flip the towel over to a clean side so that you can get rid of anything that’s remaining. When you’re done with this process the paint on your car will feel smooth and you won’t see any defects or any swirls.
In order to really protect your card is best that you wax your vehicle once every three months. However the frequency with which you wax your vehicle is highly dependent upon the best car wax that you can afford. For those who are particularly obsessive, you might want to wax every week. Today the market is flooded with polymer-based waxes which offer longer protection for your vehicles. These types of waxes are also easier to use in the sun. Normally new wax comes in liquid or paste form. The longest protection you will find is typically 3 to 4 months if your car will regularly be kept in the garage and is not generally exposed to a harsh environment. Obviously worst weather requires more frequent applications.
- When you are applying your wax, you want to use the same technique as you do with a polish. You want to use an applicator pad or a microfiber towel to you small and circular strokes. Each of these strokes should overlap.
- You should take a microfiber towel and fold it into fourths and buff the car wax. Use one side to break away the waxy surface. Once this is done flip the towel over to the clean area and use that to remove any residue that remains. There are also purpose built buffer machines that you can use, but just make sure you have the most delicate buffing pads so that you don’t damage the paint with any scratches.
- There are also spray waxes available on the market today. These waxes are designed for a fast application but most of the time they do not provide the same long-lasting protection compared to a paste wax or a liquid wax. Many car experts claim that the spray form can be used to use the glistening features of your car in between your quarterly liquid wax or paste wax application. Some suggest that spray wax can be used as often as twice per week while others claim that only once per month is perfectly fine.
Matte finishes for a sleeker look
If your car has this type of finish you have to make sure that you clean it with a brushless carwash and that you have specific products for any other waxing or polishing.