Wax Your Car (Almost) Like A Pro
Before You Actually Wax Your Car
Wax can be a temperamental medium, so you will want to check the weather first. Not only will you want a dry day (who wants rain ruining a coating) but the temperature is also important. You should always wax your car between 55° and 85° F. And the cooler end of that range is better. Anything above 85° F causes the wax to dry up too quickly, before it can properly polish. This can be a challenge in the Arizona heat.
It is also best for your car to be in a covered area. A garage is the ideal spot to wax your car, but you should at least have some type of shade. You will want protection from the sun’s rays, as they can dry out the wax too quickly or too much. If access to cover is just not happening, you should at least wait until morning or evening, when it is cooler and less sunny.
You will also want a smooth surface for waxing your car. If there are scratches, rough spots or dull areas on your vehicle, it may be good to pre-treat those areas with a polishing compound first. This may look scary at first, as it can remove a fine layer of the clear top coat, but it actually improves the look of damaged spots.
When applying the wax to your car, you should rub the cloth in a circular motion, overlapping. Work down the length of the car in sections and make sure each area has dried before you polish.
Remember, regular waxing will help prevent future issues with your car’s paint.
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