How to Wax Your Car by Hand: A Step-by-Step Guide
Hello, car enthusiasts! Every car owner knows the ritual of waxing their car, an essential process we should all perform at least once a year. But, do you know the correct way to apply a ceramic-based wax to ensure long-lasting protection? If not, this guide is for you.
1. Preparing the Vehicle:
Wash the Car: Start by washing your vehicle to remove any dust, dirt, or contaminants. A clean car ensures the wax adheres effectively without trapping any dirt underneath.
Clay Bar Treatment: After washing, there may still be embedded contaminants on the paint. Use a clay bar and a lubricant, like Finish Shine, to gently remove them. Simply knead the clay bar into a smooth brick, spray some lubricant on the car's surface, and then gently move the clay bar back and forth. You should feel a noticeable difference – the car's surface should be smoother and free from any roughness.
2. Detox Spray for Residue Removal:
Even after claying, there may be some residual contaminants. We recommend using a detox spray, which is designed to prep the vehicle's surface before waxing or coating. This alcohol-based solution removes any oils or residues left from washing, polishing, or claying. Just spray and wipe with a microfiber towel.
3. Applying the Wax:
Choosing the Right Wax: For this guide, we're using Ethos Ceramic Wax Pro, a ceramic-based wax that offers up to a year of protection. Traditional waxes or sealants don't come close in terms of durability.
Application Process: After shaking the wax well, use a foam applicator pad and apply a small amount of wax. Spread the wax thinly and evenly across the car's surface, either in back-and-forth or circular motions. Avoid putting on a thick layer, as it makes removal challenging.
4. Removal and Final Touches:
After applying the wax across the entire vehicle, let it cure for about 20-30 minutes. To check if it's ready to be wiped off, swipe your finger gently over the waxed surface. If it comes off cleanly without smearing, it's time. Use a microfiber towel and gently buff away the wax. You should be left with a shiny, slick finish that enhances your car's color and provides protection.
Final Thoughts: With the ceramic-treated wax, your car is now shielded against various elements like water spots and debris, making subsequent car washes a breeze. If you desire, you can apply a second coat of wax for added protection, but one coat is usually sufficient.
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