How to Properly Wax a Car

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Want to pamper your car with a shiny coat that will style your car and at the same time protects it? Apply a waxing coat to your car’s exterior.

While we know that not all of us have the time and budget luxury to have our car coated with Nano-ceramic or other expensive coats, waxing can be a quick and affordable solution in such cases.

What is car waxing?

Car waxing is applying a coat of various materials (not wax only) combined on the car’s surface to protect it against major pollutants as rain, dust, and stains. Wax is usually derived from a carnauba plant added to different oils and solvents to form the car waxing material.

Waxing is done for protection. However, it is not a permanent protective layer. Typically, waxing should be done around three times a year, depending on your use of the car.

How to wax a car?

The good news is you can wax your car by yourself. You don’t need to go to a professional to get your car waxed, but you need to spend some time carefully do your car waxing. Below are the main steps you should follow to wax your car:

Get the right products.

Before attempting to wax your car, you should pick the right products to give you optimal results. Now we know that a specific budget might restrict you. Yet, some products are affordable and can give you satisfactory results.

Tools you will need are materials to wash your car as soap, water, and a towel to dry it. High-quality wax products, a soft detailing brush or a pad to apply the wax coat and a microfiber towel are used to remove the remains.

Clean your car properly

It is the most critical step in the whole process. Preparing your car before waxing is essential as anything on your car’s exterior will stick after applying the wax coat. Thus, it would help if you ensure no mud or dirt on the car.

While cleaning your car, make sure that you have reached each part of the car surface. Also, dry your car before you begin waxing. Never apply a waxing coat on a wet or semi-wet car as water affects the wax features.

Apply the waxing product

According to the product you purchased, the technique of applying will differ. For spray wax products, you will need to spray it all over the car surface but make sure to shake it well before using.

For liquid or paste waxing products, apply a small part of the product to the car and carefully distribute using the brush. Try to do it section by section using small circular motions on all the car surfaces.

Avoid adding too much of the product to any part of the car surface. A skinny layer is enough. The idea is to distribute it correctly on the whole surface.

Remove the wax

After the wax has dried (in a couple of minutes), use the microfiber towel to remove the wax. Remove the wax using small circular movements the same way you applied it. You can move faster as layers of the wax are removed.

After applying the above steps, you should now see your car in a shiny glossy coat.


Now, after you have known what waxing is and how to wax a car, you probably discovered how easy it is. Here, the trick is to get the best products and give your car enough time to do it properly. Another trick is to use a mechanical orbital buffer that will save the effort of moving your hands over the pad in circular motions.

So, if you need an extra shine to your car without breaking your wallet, waxing is a great solution.

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