Waxes are, as we’re sure we don’t have to tell you, an all-time detailing staple. Getting yourself a deep, luscious show car finish, extreme water beading and plenty of protection from the elements, makes investing in great quality product an absolute no brainer. In fact, we think that our signature waxes have never been more popular, but you’d still be surprised how often any wax can be applied incorrectly, not fulfilling its full potential and, most of all, wasting your hard-earned cash. Waxing the right way however can make all the difference. So, here’s how to get the very best from yours…
How it's done…
Even after you’ve fully washed and decontaminated your paintwork, always cleanse each panel prior to applying a wax. Remember that supreme surface preparation underneath is the number one way to enhance the appearance of your final wax coats.
A small amount of our glaze-based pre-wax cleanser will not only prepare the surface, making it the perfect base for allowing the wax to fully bond (and in turn, making your protection last longer). But, the cleansing solvents, glazing oils and light abrasives in Rejuvenate will also remove the most stubborn, ingrained contaminates. Use yours across each panel with light pressure and then buff off.
Choose your wax wisely, and bear in mind that this may be specific to the paintwork on your vehicle. Many waxes are specially developed to enhance different paint characteristics; say, light colours or metallics. Others will be suitable for all paint types. The key is to always know exactly what you’re putting on your car.
Load up your applicator. For our signature waxes we’d recommend a Waxmate or Wax Spot Pad (with a Handi Puck). Put your applicator in the pot and twist. Just a quarter turn should transfer plenty of wax to complete at least one panel. A little wax always goes a long way.
Start on your first panel, working in small, even circular motions. This will give you the best overall coverage. The goal is to spread the wax as thinly and evenly as possible. Use sparingly, anything more is just a waste of wax.
After your first panel, move straight on to the second. This will give the wax on the first panel time to bond to the surface.
Then you can apply your wax to the third panel before buffing off the second. Continue this ‘leap frogging’ process all around the car.
Once you’ve completed the second panel, move back to the first and buff off any residue, then continue to buff to a deep shine. Using a Micro Tweed cloth here will prevent any residue clogging.
If you’re opting for more coats (which will always give extra depth, wetness and protection) remember that the previous coat must have time to fully cure, otherwise you won’t enhance the appearance.
Always leave at least 3-hours before attempting to add another coat. Then you’ll see a marked improvement.