NOTE: In general, this test doesn’t work with watery paint protectants like most spray waxes. This test applies to liquid protectants (consistensy like lotion) and paste waxes.

Wax on. Wax off.

But how long should I wait for the wax to dry before wiping it off?

With one finger, wipe across a panel that has been finished. If your finger has white chalky residue on it, then your wax is fully dried. If not, then wait a little bit longer and try this test again.

It’s a good idea to apply a THIN even layer of wax so you’re not using too much time or effort removing excess wax.

Pro Tip – Wipe off the car one final time with a quality paint lubricant product like Meguiar’s Quik Detailer worked into a microfiber towel to remove any remaining wax and also to enhance the gloss of your new coat of wax.

Always separate the microfiber towels you use for wax removal from other towels.

Some people like to let wax dry for over an hour but that is unnecessary.

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