How to Wax a Car

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Although nothing beats a professional car detailer with an electric buffer, following these steps every few months will protect your car's paint finish and keep it looking great. You will also save a lot of money over the course of the year.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid Fabric Softeners
  • Cheesecloth
  • Automobile Wax & Polish
  • Automobile Cleaning And Waxing Supplies
  • Cloth Diapers
  • Wax Sponges
    • 1

      Wash and dry your car thoroughly before waxing.

    • 2

      Know that some waxes contain abrasives, which can damage clear-coat and lacquer finishes, and may be harmful to dark-colored paint jobs. When in doubt, use a nonabrasive wax.

    • 3

      Park the car in a cool, shady spot. If you don't have access to a shady spot, wax one section at a time so the sun doesn't bake the wax onto your car. Avoid waxing if it's very hot or very cold outside.

    • 4

      Dip a damp wax sponge into the car wax, getting a half-dollar-size clump on your sponge.

    • 5

      Rub the wax onto the car using small circles. Avoid getting wax into seams and jambs, if this happens, use an old, very soft toothbrush to remove it.

    • 6

      Working on a section at a time, cover your car's entire surface, remembering the path you took. By the time you have finished, the wax will be ready to remove.

    • 7

      Using soft terry cloth towels (or, better yet, cloth diapers), wipe off the wax in the same order in which it was applied.

    • 8

      Shake out the towel or cloth as you work, in order to avoid wax buildup and streaking.

    • 9

      Leaning as close to the surface of your car as you can, look down the sides and across the front, back and roof to spot any residual wax.

    • 10

      Use a cloth diaper or a cheesecloth to polish the car's entire surface.

    • 11

      Wash your used towels, cloths and pads with liquid fabric softener to keep them from scratching your car the next time you use them.

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