Regularly using car wax on a vehicle can help to preserve the clean and flawless finish of the care, by protecting the exterior from dirt and debris as well as marks and scuffs. Even if you wash your car with a shampoo that contains wax, our experts recommend applying a stand-alone wax at least once every three months, and more so if your vehicle is exposed to harsh elements like dirt, snow, and salt frequently. Read on for some tips and tricks for using car wax to get a flawless finish.
Buy High Quality
It’s no secret that applying car wax can take some time, so it’s important not to waste your efforts by buying a poor-quality wax that has a short lifespan. As a general rule of thumb, you should look for a wax that uses a blend of natural and synthetic materials, as these give all the advantages of safe coverage that natural wax has, but also enhances shine and staying power using synthetic materials. Typically, hard and liquid waxes offer longer last protection than spray versions, but it is advisable to keep a bottle of spray wax handy for quick top-ups between waxes.
Applying car wax to a freshly and thoroughly cleaned vehicle is absolutely paramount if you want to achieve a flawless finish. The car should also be dry, free from light dust and watermarks, and be preferably parked out of direct sunlight. There’s no point applying car wax to a vehicle in any other state, as you’ll just be sticking dirt and debris under the surface of the wax which will lead to much bigger problems later down the line.
Go Panel by Panel
When applying car wax, less is more. It can be tempting to slather the vehicle in it and work in large motions across the entire exterior, but this is likely to result in an uneven and bad-looking finish. Instead, apply a very small amount to one panel, working it in tight circular motions. Make sure you apply, leave, and buff panel by panel for the best results.