How to Wax & Buff Your Car

If you’re in love with your car, you must know how to wax it properly.  Waxing a car is one area of car care that’s quite neglected, and people tend to wax their cars the way they want. Lack of knowledge and carelessness leads to less than perfect or sometimes frustrating results. There are many benefits of waxing your vehicle if you know how to do so appropriately and systematically.  Waxing a car helps to get rid of the scratches and gives it a clean fresh look day in and day out.



Car waxing makes your car shine, as if it just came out of showroom. However the product you are using for wax should not contain any hard particles or abrasive material.

When you buy a new car, there is no protection for the paint on it in the form of wax or sealants.  Rather, your car comes with a clear coat by the manufacturer. Modern day clear coats are not as withstanding as they were in the past. So nowadays it’s more important to take care of your vehicles now and then if you want them to look perfect as there is an old saying, “a stitch in time saves nine.”  Let’s see how to wax your car properly and the precautions you should take while performing this task.


How to Wax a Car Properly

Getting Started: Prepare Before Car Waxing
Before waxing your car, first of all, wash your car properly and let it dry completely. Always wipe your vehicle with a soft cloth to dry it off. If you wash your car and let it air dry, it’s better if you don’t wash it at all. That is because the water drops will dry on the surface of the car leaving behind water marks mixed with dust particles from the air.  Such a surface is useless if polished or waxed.  You may also use a clay bar after washing your car to remove any dirt at all until you get a squeaky clean finish as smooth as glass.


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Polish…. Before you Wax

If you have little defects or scratches in the paint of your vehicle, the wax will not remove them.  You need an abrasive to remove them. Waxing does cover minor flaws in your car paint, but for the most part, it doesn’t do a better job.  By minor defects, I mean small scratches, stains, water spots, bird droppings, etc. The best solution to this problem is to use an abrasive polish. You can look on the label of a product if it claims to “clean” or “polish” than it is a cleaner wax.

If your car paint needs reconditioning, do it before you apply the car wax.

Now that your paint surface is smooth and contaminant free, you are ready to use your choice of wax.  Select an appropriate car wax for your vehicle.

How to Wax Your Car

One look at the car aisle is enough to overwhelm you with the various choices available to you with regards to car wax products.  Let us categorize car wax products accessible in the market so that you have a better chance at choosing the right car wax for your vehicle.  We can group the car waxes as:

  • Wipe on- paint sealant
  • Liquid wax
  • Spray wax
  • Paint wax 

All of these products aim to provide protection to your vehicle surface as well as enhance its visual appearance.  Some waxes are harder to apply but give an overly satisfying result.  On the other hand, some are more suitable for a quick wax solution.  There are two major ways in which you can apply car wax:

Application by Hand

Apply a thin coat of wax as possible to get the most shine. Before applying the second coat, first coat is needed to buff off thoroughly. It is necessary to check the label to see if any specific instructions are given about the interval after which you can apply the second coat.


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Poly foam wax applicators are the best to apply the thinnest layer possible. They are capable of physically taking in a liquid, and can be reused several times. If you do get a streaky or uneven wax, you can correct it with the help of a quick detail spray. Mist the surface with the spray and buff it off.

Apply car wax or paint sealant in the shade because if it dries too quickly, then it will be difficult to buff it off.  Thus you will not get the desired result and may even ruin the look of your vehicle.  Work on a small area at a time covering around 2-4 square feet.

Machine Application

Select a soft, absorbent and firm foam finishing pad. It should be resilient enough to withstand the pressure of the machine. This method is perfect for any wax and works well for even the paste wax.

Spread the paste wax on a pad as if you would butter a piece of bread. For liquid wax, press the polisher on the paint and spread the wax over the panels before turning on the machine. Check the label of your product to see if there are any particular instructions for the direction of application.  Select the speed of the machine, maximum 3. Once you are satisfied by the waxing, turn off the machine before lifting it off the surface.

Now, in the end, buff off the wax with a microfiber. Not all the products allow you to apply wax on the entire surface before buffing off so choose accordingly.


Now you have a clear idea how to wax your car. It is best first to wash your car, and then dry it with a cloth. Once you’ve prepped your car, you can move on to apply the wax on your vehicle.  Hopefully, now you will be better equipped with the proper knowledge of how to wax your car. With the easy application procedure, you can enjoy your freshly waxed car.

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