How to Use Car Detailing Wax
There’s an art to applying car detailing wax. It will do a great job at putting the finishing shine on your vehicle and protecting it from the elements, but you need to know how to put it on your car.
Tools and Materials
- Car wax
- Damp sponge
- Microfiber cloths
- Orbital sander with buffing attachment
Step One - Selecting Your Wax
There’s a very wide range of car detailing wax on the market. You can choose a natural car wax with carnauba or a synthetic car detailing wax. Research the products and select the wax that’s right for your needs and your car. Do you want a bright finish for a short time or do you prefer a wax that will last several months and offer strong protection? These are among the factors that will influence your choice. Where possible use a non-abrasive wax.
Step Two - Preparing Your Vehicle
Before waxing your vehicle you need to prepare it properly. Give it a through wash with good car shampoo and allow to dry. After that, go over the body with clay to pull out the deep dirt. When you’ve done that, use a good polish as the final step before waxing.
Don’t apply wax when the weather is very cold or extremely hot. Put your car in a shaded spot before applying car detailing wax so the wax doesn’t dry too quickly on the finish.
Step Three - Applying Wax
Have a clean, damp sponge. Dip it in the wax and put a piece of wax about the size of a half dollar into the sponge. If you’re using liquid wax, pour an amount of about that size onto the sponge. Rub the sponge in circles on the car body. These circles should be small. You need to go section by section on the car body. Each section should be quite small. Don’t do the entire hood at once, for example.
Try to avoid getting wax into the seams between pieces of metal. If you do so, remove it with an old toothbrush before it has time to harden. After you’ve finished applying wax to one section of the car body, move on to the next section. Continue until you’ve covered the entire car body with wax.
Step Four - Buffing
When it’s time to buff car detailing wax you have two choices. You can buff it by hand or use an electric buffing pad. If you’re buffing by hand, make sure you use a microfiber cloth rather than cotton. The fibers on cotton can actually scratch the clear coat, which won’t happen if you use a microfiber cloth.
Start with the section where you first applied the car detailing wax and move along the vehicle section by section. Shake the cloth out regularly to remove the wax and stop buildup. When you’ve finished hand buffing, inspect the entire vehicle to check the finish. Complete the car detailing wax job by a final rub over all the bodywork with a clean microfiber cloth.
With an electric buffer, move over the surface from the point you first applied the wax and finish by rubbing with a microfiber cloth.