Simple Tips for Waxing Your Vehicle

A fresh wax does more than make your car shiny. The layer of wax protects the paint from weathering and helps prevent the paint from breaking down.

Along with protection from weather and everyday wear and tear, a wax coat can also minimize the risks of damage from bird droppings and tree sap.

Plus, keeping up the finish of your car also helps maintain the overall value of the vehicle. And, once you know how, it’s not hard to do.

1. Clean your car.

Your first step is to ensure dirt and grime are rinsed off the car. Use a soap that’s made for cars, and microfiber cloths to wipe down the surface. Then, let it dry completely.

2. Choose polish.

You could use synthetic or carnauba wax. Synthetic waxes do not last as long as a natural product like carnauba, but both can be good options. There is also a ceramic-based coating, but it’s best to have a professional apply that.

3. Start waxing.

Before you start waxing, park your vehicle in the shade, especially if it’s hot. The sun could bake the wax onto your car — at best, making it hard to remove, or worse, damaging the paint.

Apply a small amount of product to a small area, working section by section around your car. Brush in a circular motion going with the grain of the paint (if evident). Follow the directions on the product to know how long to leave it in place. Then, buff it off using a microfiber cloth.

Applied properly, the wax should last three to six months.

If you need help with your vehicle, be sure to reach out.

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