Safely Wax Automotive Paint
This post will show you how to safely wax your car after a thorough wash and dry.
First, make sure that your car is completely dry. Next, if possible, park your car truck or SUV in the shade for best results because too much sun or heat can make wax dry too quickly.
Wax On, Wax Off
For spray waxes like Meguiar’s Ultimate Quik Wax, working 1 panel at a time, spray wax across the surface of the panel, spreading it evenly across the panel with a clean microfiber towel. Let the spray wax flash dry. Buff wax residue off with a clean microfiber towel. Repeat this process on an adjacent body panel until the entire vehicle has been covered.
For liquid waxes like Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic Liquid Wax, working 1 panel at a time, work a small amount of wax onto a microfiber towel, microfiber applicator pad, or foam finishing pad (if applying wax by machine), and spread evenly across the the panel with a clean microfiber towel. Follow the instructions for your liquid wax for drying time, which is usually a minute or two. Buff residue off with a clean microfiber towel. Repeat this process on an adjacent body panel until the entire vehicle has been covered.
For traditional paste waxes like Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste Wax, working 1 panel at a time, work the paste wax onto a foam applicator pad. Apply to one panel. Follow the instructions for your liquid wax for drying time or wait until the wax wipes off chalky on your finger to buff dry. Repeat this process on the next adjacent panel until the entire car is covered.
No matter which kind of wax you use, apply an even and THIN coat of wax. THIN.
Wax adds a layer of protection mere microns thick. Anything extra will have to be wiped off later anyway. Save time and wax by applying an even and thin coat.
In general, it’s a good idea to avoid getting wax on any matte finishes because oftentimes wax will leave a white residue when it dries.
Pro Tip – Wipe down the car one final time with a quality paint lubricant product like Meguiar’s Quik Detailer to remove any wax that might remain and to enhance the shine, gloss, and depth of your paint.
Now go wax your car!
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