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How to wash and wax your car properly

How to wash and wax your car properly

Have you ever just been driving along, minding your own business when all of a sudden your eyes are assaulted by the sight of a scratched up car with dull paintwork and no shine? The answer is probably yes, we have all seen that guy.

Well if you don’t want to be that guy, good news! We decided to put this easy to follow guide together to help you keep your vehicle looking its best.

What you will need:

  • A car wash product;
  • A good number of microfiber cloths (about a dozen or so should be more than enough);
  • A bucket;
  • A hose (if you have one);
  • Car wax;
  • A cool, shady area.

  1. Before we begin, make sure that your vehicle is parked in a cool, shady area. This will help to prevent water stains;
  2. Using a hose, or buckets, soak the entire exterior of your vehicle to loosen the dirt covering it;
  3. Fill a bucket with water and add in the recommended amount of car wash product, check the label for exact measurements. Always try to use a specialized car wash product as dish soap, laundry detergent, and other household cleaners will strip the wax and may damage the paintwork;
  4. Begin washing your car, starting from the top and working down, with a microfiber cloth. Move in overlapping circles and rinse the cloth before moving on to the next area of the vehicle;
  5. Once you have finished washing the vehicle, rinse any remaining suds away with the hose or buckets of clean water;
  6. Take a dry microfiber cloth and gently dry your vehicle, again using an overlapping circular motion.

Now that your vehicle is nice and clean with no dirt or residue left on the body, you can move on to waxing to give your vehicle that new car shine.

  1. Using either a clean microfiber cloth or the applicator that came with the wax you purchased, apply the wax evenly section by section from the top to the bottom. Use the same overlapping circular motion as you did while washing;
  2. Let the wax sit and work its magic, for the exact time you should wait before removing the wax check the label. A good rule of thumb is to swipe a finger across the wax, if it smears it needs a bit longer but if it’s clear you’re ready to go;
  3. Now take another clean microfiber cloth and fold it into fours, wipe away the wax using (you guessed it!) overlapping circular motions. When you feel the cloth begin to drag, flip it to a clean side and continue.

Our certified technicians washing your car at least once per week or every two weeks to keep it looking good. As for waxing, if you buy a good car wax you shouldn’t need to reapply it for 3 months.

So there we have it, your guide to washing and waxing your vehicle. Did we miss anything? Do you have any washing and waxing tips for our readers? Let us know, we are always happy to hear from you!


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