How To Wax A Car

How To Wax A Car

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  1. Waxing your car not only gives it a great shine and a “showroom” look but also protects it from harsh and unforgiving weather such as rain storms, strong wind, snow, sleet, ice and scratches

    When you place wax on your car the contents of the wax places an unseen but very protective layer over your car’s paint. Waxing not only protects your paint and helps to prevent rusting but also covers scratches, minor damages and stone chips. Waxing a car also seals the paint; and helps to slow down corrosion; corrosion that can deteriorate and prematurely age a car.

    Waxing should be done often—at least two to three times a year.

    Before waxing your car, clean it well—preferably by hand—or car wash thoroughly and then dry. Then, before waxing you will need the following items: liquid or paste wax, soft cloths, window cleaner and paper towels, and if handy, a portable hand sweeper. If possible, find a spot that is shady and out of the sun. Working inside a garage that is partially opened works best because you’re out of the sun, you have privacy and a good working area to apply the wax.

    It is best to begin with the top of the car. Using a paste or liquid wax, begin by putting a small portion of wax on a soft cloth or use an applicator sponge. (If using a liquid, be sure to shake it up well before applying the liquid on a cloth.)Then, in circular clockwise motions, apply the wax. Be sure not to put on too much wax, as it will take longer for the wax to dry. Once the paste or liquid has dried and has a hazy look to it, take a clean cloth and again in circular motion, rub off the wax until there is a deep shine. Then, go to the next section on top and apply more wax. Repeat, by using a clean cloth and rubbing off the wax.

    Once you have the top of the car done, begin by waxing the hood of the car, using circular motions when  applying and circular motions when drying off. Be sure to wax small areas—no bigger than six to eight inches in width. The next area to wax is the trunk of the car. Apply the same techniques to this area as you did to the others.

    Once the rear of the car has been completed, begin work on the driver’s side panel. Then, if you have a four door car, wax the passenger side on the driver’s side and then begin work on the other side of the car–waxing both door panels.

    Once you have all of the outside car waxed, begin working on the inside of the door panels, under the hood, the inside of the trunk and then wax the hubcaps.

    When you have finished waxing the entire car, take a breather and then begin cleaning the windows of your car. Using a window cleaner, spray on the liquid and then wipe off with a cloth of paper towel. Be sure to also clean the inside of the windows, too. Also clean the headlights and taillights of your car.

    Finish cleaning and waxing your car by sweeping the inside of your car. Sweep the car seats, the floor and other interior parts.

    When all done, stand back and look at your car. You will see a shiny and new car and you will feel proud that you did it all yourself.



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