How to Remove Car Wax

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Remove car wax using wax remover on a cloth and rubbing the waxy area in small segments. Use car wax remover in a vented area, as it smells strongly, with advice from a certified mechanic in this free video on cleaning cars.

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Good afternoon my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, Certified Master Mechanic, from Redding, Pennsylvania and today I'm going to talk a little bit about how to remove car wax. The easiest thing to do is to go out there to your local parts store. They have several different brands out there. McGuires makes a wax remover. They also have Turtle Wax Bug and Tar Remover. That works excellent for removing the wax from your vehicle. For today I have an industrial cleaner here that works awesome for taking off wax. What you want to do is put a little bit on a rag. You don't want to spread this directly on t a vehicle, set it off to the side here. Just work the same area back and forth. Unfortunately this does smell a little bit so you might want to work in a nice vented area. Just rub it back and forth and you will see as it is cleaning here. The bug and tar remover does a nice job of getting blemishes out of paint too if you get some dirt that is dug down real good. It does take some elbow grease. My suggestion is work one area and then just keep going from there but don't work a large area at once because you have a tendency to miss some spots. Once you get it all wiped down make sure you get it all off and before you wax a vehicle when you are all done taking the old stuff off you might want to wash it first to get the cleaner off of it. It really doesn't do you much good to go ahead and wax it if you still have a little bit left on your paint but the wax doesn't hold. That's about all there is to it to removing car wax from your vehicle.

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