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How To Wax Your Car

We have all had that experience as we drive down the road and we see that old car that looks like new. Is it the car’s paint job that looks so good? Maybe but it probably has more to do with the wax they use. Believe it our not, your car can have that same shine, too. That is why it is important to know how to wax your car.

Washing Comes First

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Before you can start to wax your vehicle, use soap and water to clean the outside body of the car. Let your car dry or the wax will have a difficult time solidifying with a car’s body because of extra moisture.

Polish Over Scratches

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If you notice scratches or damaged paint on your car, use a compound which won’t be abrasive to the car’s paint. A microfiber cloth can be your best friend as you polish over markings. Lightly wipe over markings for best results.

Perfect Waxing Conditions

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Did you know there is a temperature range for when you should wax? Perfect waxing conditions are between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If the weather is too hot, the wax will dry to quickly and buffing will be a nightmare. If the weather is too cool, the wax will be hard to move when applying to your vehicle.

Wax Indoors

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Waxing inside is very important when doing it the right way. A garage, which protects the car from sunlight, will help you so the sun does not interfere with the process. Also, if you wax outdoors, the temperature from the sun can leave a waxy, spotty substance on your vehicle.

Picking Your Wax

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There are a ton of products that you can use to wax your car. There are liquid, paste, and spray waxes to choose from. First, you may want test a product before you use it on your vehicle, just in case you don’t like it. Also, buy new rags please. Old rags will only leave fabric all across your vehicle.

Getting Your Wax On

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Use gentle, circular motions to apply wax to your car. You don’t have to give the wax a lot of pressure, but most professionals say anywhere from 3-5 lbs is perfect. Also, you can rent or buy a buffer to help you with the process, giving your vehicle a more professional look.

The Waiting Game

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The wax you use for your vehicle will need to wait a couple of minutes before you can apply it all over. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to help guide you. Also, once you have finished waxing your car, let it sit for a few hours before you take your car out on the town.

Waxing your car is an important step to help keep your vehicle glossy. By using some of these ideas, your neighbors and their cars might be jealous.

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