Many of us have come across a car when driving whose owner didn’t care to protect it or even try to make it look good. Proper car care and maintenance is necessary for a good looking car. As part of this, waxing becomes a very necessary part of taking care of the vehicle. Waxing gives the car a fresh new look, and it isn’t necessary to call in a professional to do the job for you – you can do it all by yourself. Here’s a guide that can help you:
Step one: preparing the car
Begin by washing the car thoroughly. You can use mild soap and water. Once you’re through washing it, ensure that it’s completely clean and dry before moving to the next step. If the paint on your car is damaged, scratched or just dull, you may want to use a polishing or brushing compound before you can wax.
Waxing is best done at temperatures ranging between 13 and 30 degrees centigrade. Within this range, it’s preferable to do it in the cooler temperatures. It should not be in direct sunlight, you can do it in a garage, this is because the sun can interfere with the wax.
Step two: waxing the car
You should begin by choosing the wax that you think is best for your car. Those that contain genuine carnauba have been found to be the best but are more expensive than the other options. Other kinds of wax include cleaner waxes and spray waxes. Cleaner waxes are a bit less expensive but have been found to be a bit harsher. Furthermore, if you intend to use them on your car, the polishing or brushing step shouldn’t be done. Spray waxes, on the other hand, are easier to apply but don’t last as long. Once you’ve chosen the wax to use, put some of it onto the foam applicator found as part of the wax package. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as given when applying the wax. Take a small section of the car at a time and apply the wax evenly in overlapping gently circular motions.
Buffing the car is an optional step that you can skip if you would like. It’s really a personal choice. If you decide to buff, you’ll need a random orbital buffer or high-speed, dual action buffer to buff out imperfections that may be present on the car. You can either apply the wax directly onto the car or on the buffing pad. Then follow the instructions of car wax to allow the wax to sit for some time. Once the wax has dried use a microfibre cloth to polish the car by removing the wax. Wipe away the surface of the car in a circular fashion. You’ll know that the cloth has taken too much build-up of wax when it begins to drag. Flip the microfibre cloth and then go ahead to wipe away any wax that remains so that you end up with a smooth finish. Do this for the entire surface of your car and you’ll end up with a high shine waxed car surface.
Step three: taking care of your waxed car
When washing your car, use a mix that’s specifically designed to be used on cars that have wax finishes. Also, if your car has a matte finish, don’t apply wax to it. Shine agents shouldn’t be applied to cars with matte finishes.