The Best Way To Wax A Car At Home
By maintaining your car’s paint with a coat of automotive wax, will prevent discoloring and fading, which are some of the common effects of sun damage. A perfect coat of wax gives your car a mirror-like shine.
Regular car washing is necessary to keep your ride in a tip-top condition. However, automotive detailing could never be completed without the application of excellent automotive wax, which provides an extra protective layer to your car and enhances its overall look.
Do you want to learn how you can wax your car at home? If yes, then without further ado, let’s discuss some of the best ways you can wax your ride like a pro!
Why Is Automotive Wax Important for Your Ride?
While many people regularly wash their vehicle, but the majority of them don’t consider waxing as an essential part. Waxing your ride is one of the best ways to keep its exterior looking new and protected. Although waxing demands a bit of effort, its worth it in the long run and once you see your ride gleaming in your driveway it will all feel worth it. (See Our Guide To Washing Your Car)
Using automotive wax to keep your ride shining is not a new concept; it has been practiced since 1980 when clear coating started, but with day to day use the factory clear coat starts to oxidize, waxing adds a protective layer to this clear coat allowing your car to keep a new finish and protects the paint against UV light, ozone, dirt, bird droppings, etc.
Modern Wax Formulas Are Here!
Although this protective layer provides protection against all these factors, it does wear off if not done regularly which will result in surface oxidation, and give the vehicle a dull appearance.
Regular waxing is of utmost importance to keep your ride in good condition for a more extended period. However, not waxing your ride at all could ruin its coat by making it easily scratched and lead to color fading which may result in needing a new paint job.
But worry no more, modern problems have modern solutions. With the addition of modern car coats modern wax's have been developed to protect better and last longer along with clears and sealants.
Waxing helps protect your cars coating from unwanted factors, like UV sunrays, dirt & grime, and from fading away. You can use an electric buffer to wax your ride, but If you're planning to wax by hand, then use a good quality wax, and apply a small amount on applicator pad.
Keep the pressure light and move forward using up and down motions. Once you're done with waxing, use a microfiber towel to rub it entirely, and remove the residue (if any). You should consider automotive waxing every 2-4 months to keep the cars finish protected.
Adding polish helps to even out the irregularities in the paint coating and helps to avoid the patchy buildup of wax. ( we will get into polish more in another article)
#1 Method for Automotive Waxing: Applying and Buffing by Hand
Here are some of the best steps to follow to apply and buff by hand flawlessly:
- Always apply automotive wax in the shade to prevent it from drying out faster.
- Don’t let it dry out to much as it could be tough to buff later ( with towel).
- Ensure your ride is completely dry, and there are no water droplets.
- Don’t apply multiple coats, start with one thin coat. The thinner, the better the results will be. Always buff out the first thin coat and then apply the second one.
- Always check the label for curing times between coats, typically it is between 12-18 hours.
- You can use a polyfoam wax applicator as these are super absorbent, and washable.
- Get a good quality microfiber towel to buff the wax. The reason is, these woven fibers get static-charged and grab waxy residue perfectly. Moreover, rotate towel by folding it over to avoid too much automotive wax buildup.
#2 Method for Automotive Waxing: Buffing with a Power Buffer
Here are some of the steps to follow while using a power buffer:
- In this method, you can use a foam finishing pad. Use this pad to apply automotive wax. Make sure the pad is super soft and absorbent enough to handle the buffing pressure.
- Next step is to spread the wax onto the pad. If you are using a paste type wax you can use a putty knife for this purpose. If you’re using liquid wax, then simply apply it by squeezing out a couple wax lines around the edges.
- Use the power buffer when turned off and apply some of the wax in a circular motion so the applicator is coated. It will help to reduce the chances of it spraying when you turn the machine switch on.
- Always work on one area at a time, i.e., covering 2-4 square feet. However, some wax products may allow you to coat the entire vehicle before buffing (most don’t.)
- It’s necessary to spread the automotive wax evenly throughout the surface.
- Turn power buffer off before lifting it from surface.
- Finish with a good quality buffing pad, microfiber towel or terry cloth and cover the surface entirely. Remember, terry cloth could shed lint!
These are some steps you can take to keep your ride shiny and protected. Waxing is important for complete car care and maintenance.
Now get out there and make your vehicle shine!
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