Tips for Waxing Your Car Like a Pro

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Your car is one of the most important investments you’ll make. It’s how you get everywhere you need to go, so you want to make sure and protect it so it will last as long as possible.

After you’ve given your car a thorough wash, the best way to protect your paint and keep your car shiny is with a wax. Yes, this is where you wax on and off, Mr. Miyagi style!

We’ve got a few tips for you if you’re new to waxing your own car.

1. Shade is your friend. If you’re in direct sunlight for too long, it can cause your wax to dry too quickly. This could cause buildup and be hard to get off. The temperature is important too. The best time to wax your car is when it’s between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. We know, it’s about to be winter, but Arkansas is full of random warmer days throughout December and January.

2. Don’t forget to wash. This should seem obvious, but waxing your car when there’s dirt and gunk on it will scratch the paint and/or cause the wax not to stick.

3. Several thin coats. A single thick coat won’t work here. You need to apply several thin coats because it will last longer.

4. Foam is also your friend. When waxing by hand, the best way is to use a poly foam wax applicator. If you’re waxing your vehicle with a machine, go for a foam finishing pad.

5. Microfiber, all the way. It’s useful for everything and a high-quality microfiber cloth is the best material for buffing. Have a few extra on hand to avoid buildup.

6. Get in the corners. Grab a cheap toothbrush, or a spare one if you’ve got it, to get wax and crud out of your car’s crevices. 

7. Keep it clean. Give your car a regular wash. It will make you feel better and make your wax last longer too. 

Hopefully, these tips help you make the most of your next waxing session. Let us know if you have any questions! 

Categories: Car Tips