Home :: How To Wax a Car

How To Wax a Car

Waxing your car as little as once every three to six months can help to protect it from the elements, keep it looking new, and can even raise the resale value over a car that hasn't been waxed over the years. The first thing you should do is take a good look at the finish when its wet - if the water doesn't bead up, then it's time to give it a good shine.

Wash the Car

Start by washing and thoroughly drying your car, and avoid waxing it in direct sunlight, especially on really hot days, and make sure the finish is cool to the touch before you begin. 

Choose a Good Car Wax

When you picking out your wax, just be sure to use on that is specifically designed for car finishes - a good non-abrasive carnauba wax is always a good choice and represented by many brands. Be sure to read the directions on your particular wax, but pretty much across the board, here's how you do it.

How to Wax the Car

Take a damp terry or microfiber cloth - one that's unlikely to shed all over your car - and apply a sparing amount of wax to the surface of your car. Rub it in circles, and cover about two to three foot area with the same section of the cloth. Try your best to avoid any cracks and crevices, and apply the wax as evenly as possible. 

Wax the Entire Car

Continue in two to three foot sections with clean areas of your cloth, and cover your whole car, front to back. When you're finished applying the wax, your car should look like a big puffy cloud.

Remove the Car Wax

Next, starting back at the front, remove the wax with another clean towel, also rubbing in circles. Continue with the entire car, shaking the wax from your towel or changing towels all together as necessary. Finally, using a toothbrush or q-tip, wipe any wax from tough to reach crevices or corners, and make sure every evidence of wax is completely gone. Buff one last time with a clean cloth, and you're good to go.  

 

Back to Detailing Tips & Trix