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Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

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Now that the warmer weather is here, it’s time to shake off the dirt and grime of winter and let your car shine. And just like a bikini wax, there’s nothing like a good wax to make your vehicle look its best.

Depending on what type of wax you use, it can be done on a regular basis (check the instructions for specific details). We’ve put together a few handy tips that will have you waxing like a pro. But please only try these on your car – we don’t want to hear your personal grooming horror stories.

  1. Park your car in a shady spot or during the early morning or evening, when it’s not too hot or cold out.
  2. Give your car a good scrub and dry it off before you break out the wax.
  3. Read the label. Some waxes may contain abrasives that can scratch clear-coat and lacquer finishes, and dull dark-colored paint jobs. When shopping for a wax, go with a nonabrasive one.
  4. Take a damp wax sponge and dip it into the car wax – just a dab will do. Just like in “Karate Kid,” rub the wax in small circles while making sure not to get any into the seams and jambs.
  5. Don’t take on too much at once. Take it small section until you cover the car’s surface. Once you’ve finished, the wax will be ready to be taken off.
  6. To take it off, use a soft terry cloth towel to wipe off the wax, from the starting point of where you first put it on.
  7. Get into your work, lean down close to your car to make sure you didn’t miss any sports. Then, polish the entire car with a cloth diaper or cheesecloth.
  8. It’s important to wash the used towels, cloths and pads. Use liquid fabric softener to keep them from scratching your car the next time you wax.

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Re: Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

Jayhawk;197021 wrote:

[*]It’s important to wash the used towels, cloths and pads. Use liquid fabric softener to keep them from scratching your car the next time you wax.
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Really? Everything I've read says not to use fabric softener on car wash towels.

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Re: Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

That is only for microfiber towels. I was disappointed they didn't recommend using mf towels because they are my favorite...

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Re: Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

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Now that the warmer weather is here, it’s time to shake off the dirt and grime of winter and let your car shine.

Well, being in Vegas here I am already 6 coats of wax on. Because starting today we hit triple digits, not sure when I will get to do it again and not lose 10lbs of water. And contrary to popular wisdom a little (well alot of) sweat in your work does not necessarily add to the shine. :smilie:

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Re: Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

Here is what i do. Your techniques will vary based on the wax you use and other factors.

Get an applicator pad and put wax on it. Work it in the fibers with a finger, add as needed until the pad is moist but not saturated.

Glide pad using 0 pressure over prepared surface in gentle circular motion. Add wax to pad and work in it as needed as you progress to other areas.

Let dry.

Buff.

Repeat. Typically by the 3rd coat you will achieve 100% coverage and then i do 2 more coats for good measure.

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I still prefer soft cotton for wax application and polishing clean up. Microfiber seems to work well for spray detailing and dry wiping. I'm still new to MF, have always had t-shirts, diapers, etc. around to use. BTW, watch out for terry towels, some are a little too aggressive. Fabric softener isn't necessary. I rarely launder polish rags. Use clean 100% cotton, t-shirts or diapers are best, no poly thread edge binding (cut it off) and toss them when they get dirty.

The newest polymer waxes seem to be the direction of car care for modern times. I've been an old die-hard to carnuba for almost 40 years, but it just doesn't last for a driver. If you show your car or it's a garage queen, it still gives a nice deep shine and works great on these cars.

The EPA is making it more and more difficult to manufacture a carnuba car wax products because of the solvents required to make application possible. So many of the manufacturers are selling off what they have left and getting out of it. Others are pioneering new products under polymer sealants that shine just as well, are easier to apply, and are a lot more durable.

I got samples of Mothers new Synwax at the BJ auction this weekend. Looks real nice on the hood of the bimmer. Available in paste (the can lasts a LOT longer) and liquid - easy on easy off. I'm not too familiar with every brand name of synthetic polish, but look for a synthetic polymer resin sealer from your favorite brand name. Enjoy a more durable gloss that's easier to apply.

My favorite brands are 3M and Mothers, but there are lots of others out there. McGuires has taken the industry by storm, they have quite a loyal following. And seem to have good products as well. Part of it is background or exposure I think - 3M caters to the body shop and paint industry where as McGuires as always targeted the show-car enthusiasts. My background lies with the former.

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Re: Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

Rather than depending on a quick list of tips from AutoGuide, why not go back and read the definitive article on the topic, Stephan McKeown's "Back from the Dead" in the March-April 2009 issue of The Star. This is the most complete article you'll find on how to maintain the exterior finish on a classic car, and was a Gold award winner in the photo/technical magazine article category among the 2009 International Automotive Media Awards announced a few weeks ago .

And, for those who may not be familiar with the product, the company referred to above is Meguiar's, one of the four or five American companies with a solid reputation in this business. There are also several good German brands that top-flight detailers also like, and Stephan's tried them all.

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Re: Wax On, Wax Off – Shiny Tips For Waxing Your Car

Good tip Gary.

I keep seeing referrences to 'The Star', so I did a search online. Guess will have to join MBCA and get my own copy. :Thumbs up:

Nice to see you posting regularly here on the forum.

Sorry I mispelled 'meguiar's'. :surrender:

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