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What Are The Benefits Of Waxing Your Car And How To Do It?

Over time, even the top quality car paints break down due to oxidation and other factors like washing and debris. Waxing your car can save you money. It can also buy the exterior of your car extra time.  What are the benefits of waxing your car and how to do it is a must read even in this age of factory applied protective coating?

Other than saving you money and prolonging the lifespan of your car, did you know that there are other benefits of waxing your car? Let’s take a look at other benefits of waxing your car and how to do it.

Benefits Of Waxing Your Car

  • It makes it easy to wash. Did you know that waxing your car can make it easier to remove unwanted substances that you collect driving every day? It’s true because dirt or unwanted tiny debris is likely to slide off your car instead of causing damages on your car paint.
  • It safeguards your car paint from chipping off when flying debris strikes your car.  It also protects your car from natural weather components like rain, smog, and sun.
  • It fills in small scratches and blemishes. As a car owner, one of the things you dread happening to your freshly looking car is scratched no matter how small. Waxing your car occasionally can’t remove scratches; instead, it can make it appear non-existence.
  • It serves as a protective coat. Waxing your car prevents corrosion and stops elements like salt and tar from causing damages. Potential damages will impact the wax while your car paint remains intact for as long as possible.
  • It gives your car a new shine. Clearly, not all cars have factory applied clear coating especially old models of cars. Waxing your car regularly can give your car that new look and shine you desire.

You need this extra protective layer of wax to keep your car exterior looking nice and saving your purse some money for partial paint jobs now and then. Having seen the benefits of waxing your car, let us look at the essentials needed before waxing your car.

Waxing Essentials

Investing in waxing materials can save you money you are likely to spend at the car wash waxing your car or getting a new paint job at the mechanic shop. Choose a shady spot; a garage will do just fine. We recommend you get the following essentials ready before you start waxing your car.

  • Car wax: comes in liquid or paste forms.
  • Wax foam applicator: we recommend poly foam wax applicators achieve a thin and clear even coat.
  • Foam pads; finishing pad can withstand pressure from the polishing machine. Choose a soft, absorbent but firm pad.
  • Microfiber towel: removes waxy residue because of its static and woven property.
  • Dual action polisher machine improves the appearance of the car paint by spinning and orbiting on its axis. The two heads rotate and oscillate, meaning that the ‘Cyclo polisher’ will not burn paint or leave marks when you finish up.
  • Detail spray: gives your waxing job an even look.

How To Wax Your Car

You’ve got two options on how to apply wax once you’ve chosen a car wax to use. You can apply it by hand or use a polisher. In both cases results are the same, hand application can be used when it’s only a small area of the car you’ll like to wax such as small scratches while the mechanical application is mostly used when the whole car needs waxing and a new shiny look is desired. In any case, we advise that you wax your car periodically just like you service your engine because waxing remains an important part of car maintenance. We will take a look at hand application and mechanical application through these simple steps.

Hand Application

  • Step 1. Start by washing your car thoroughly with car detergent, start from the top and work your way down to the bottom, rinse and dry properly using microfibre towel.
  • Step 2. Apply car wax with overlapping circular motions, apply in a shady place and on a dry car with a wax foam applicator, this is because if done under the sun it will heat up the wax and droplets of water on paint will cause the wax to streak, making it tough to buff off.
  • Step 3. One thin coat at a time! You may be tempted to apply one thick coat because you want more shine but you will not accomplish your desired shine if you do this, instead, apply a thin coat then buff one coat off before applying. NOTE: Read the label to see how long one coating has to cure before you apply the second coat (It is usually 12-18 hours).
  • Step 4.  Buff the haze away with a microfiber towel. Rotate your towel frequently to show the clean side. Keep an extra towel just in case the first one is caked with wax.
  • Step 5. Check for uneven shine or streak, if any, spray the surface with some detail spray and buff that area again.

Machine Application

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Basically, the application is the same but replaced with a machine.

  • Step 1: Firstly, you wash your car exterior starting from the top to bottom. Rinse and dry properly using a microfiber towel
  • Step 2: Apply wax on a clean, soft, and absorbent wax with a foam pad that can carry the pressure from the machine.
  • Step 3: Turn on your dual action polisher machine; spread the wax gently over the panel of the car until it is evenly covered. Make sure you turn off your machine before lifting it up the polished area.
  • Step 4: Buff the area with a microfiber towel until you get your desired shine.



It was not so complicated after all, so, whether you decide to go with the hand application or the mechanical application, the idea is to provide a protective coating that will wither the storm that comes in form of debris, sun, scratches and corrosive agents. The benefits of waxing your car and how to do it that you just read here will serve in giving your car the effect you desire. You can check out this waxing tutorial on youtube to get a first-hand glimpse of how to wax your car.

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