Waxing is generally your last step in detailing your own car. Waxing ensures your finish is not only protected from the elements, it will also really bring out the paint. Before you even think about waxing your car, you need to make sure you’ve washed and dried the car completely. Check out our other article How To Wash Your Car for more information on washing. If the car isn’t completely dry you will run into issues with streaking later on and have to start all over. Which can be time consuming! Typically you should avoid washing and waxing on extremely sunny days for the same reason.
Start off by dampening a small sponge and applying a small amount of wax directly onto the sponge. Avoid using pressure when applying or removing the wax. Obviously you should follow the directions given on the specific wax you’ve decided to use, but most of the different brands use the same steps for applying and removing wax. In a clockwise circular motion, spread the wax evenly over every section of the car, starting from top to bottom. Some waxes work on windows, but always consult with the label or manufacturer before using it. You will need to make sure you avoid getting the wax on black plastic trim, as it can strain.
Allow the wax to dry. Once the wax is hazy and rubs off gently with your finger it should be finished. This time take a clean cloth and buff out the wax in a counter clock wise direction. Use small circles to buff the wax off the car. Switch towels periodically throughout the process so you’re not putting wax back onto the car. Avoid adding embarrassing swirls or scratches by gently buffing out the wax. Don’t use pressure when applying or removing it.
Once you’re finished, go over the entire surface one more time with a clean towel. You have to make sure you buff out all of the remaining wax. The last thing you want is streaks because you didn’t take the time to ensure it was done correctly and thoroughly. Once finished you can follow up with a quick detailer to clean up any missed spots.
That’s it! You’ve now applied a protective shield that will protect your car’s finish. It’s extremely easy and affordable to have a professional quality wax on your car. We recommend re-waxing every 6-12 months or when water no longer beads on the surface.