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Best Car Waxing Tips

The Best Time To Wax Your CarJust like any other car care chore, waxing your car is not an easy task. You really have to allot sufficient time to get the job done right, and make sure that every swipe and buff will really bring out your vehicle’s classy showroom shine.

Car waxing all boils down to picking out the right type of wax product and cleaning tools to help you create impressive results. But, you might also be wondering if there’s some secret formula or magic technique that you’re missing out on. Why does your neighbor’s car look better for longer? Why does your car seem shinier after an appointment with your favorite professional car detailer?

The truth is that there simply isn’t any trick that will make your car the shiniest of them all. What’s important is that you understand when to wax your car and how to do it properly. Timing can actually influence the results you can achieve in car waxing, because the wax product reacts differently with the car’s body at different temperatures.

Weather considerations

As you probably already know, if you’re fond of washing your car by yourself, you should pick a shady spot with turf or gravel to do the job. Cleaning your car in the sun will only encourage the soapy mixture to dry quickly, creating unsightly swirls on the paintwork. At the same time, washing your car on a grassy or gravelled area will help keep the dirty runoff from heading straight to the storm drains. Once all the dirt and grime have been washed off, you’re ready to apply wax.

It feels nice to wax your car in the summer, when the sun is shining on full blast and you can really appreciate your vehicle’s gleaming exterior. However, it’s also recommended to wax your car during the cold winter months to protect it from the elements. Moisture and cold can do bad things to your paintjob, and applying wax before the first wave of frosts set in can do a lot to preserve the metal finish and keep your car looking fresh in the gray weather.

Pick a time

Car waxing is best done late in the afternoon, under partly cloudy skies with only minimal sunlight. If you apply wax at dusk, your car will have a good 12 hours before it meets full-on sunlight again. Doing the job at this time also helps keep the wax product just thin enough to be applied easily. The best temperature is around 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, at which range the wax will be liquid and easy to apply.

At the same time, you don’t want the car surface to be too hot when you apply the wax because the latter will not stick well. Remember to set aside enough time to wax your car from top to bottom. There’s just no way to cut corners on this job, because the results will be painfully obvious once you drive out of the garage.



8 Responses to “Best Car Waxing Tips”

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  5. […] temperature outside should be between 55 and 85 degrees. Too hot and the wax will dry too quickly; too cold […]

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  7. […] the wax by baking it into your car and leaving a waxy residue which can be difficult to remove. The optimum temperature for waxing your car is around 60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature the wax is liquid and will be easy to […]

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