Waxing your car
Wax on, wax off
Wax on, wax off
If you really care for your car, you’ll spend Saturday afternoon washing your car by hand and then applying a high-quality car wax to the paintwork. What is car wax, and why should you use it? Here are some answers:
Car wax is not car shampoo, and it definitely isn’t car polish.
Car shampoo or car wash soap clans the car, removing dirt and residue build up.
Car polish doesn’t clean the car but actually removes a very thin layer of the car’s paint, so that the underlying colour is exposed and the car’s paint looks new again. (Obviously this shouldn’t be done regularly, or to a car with paint in good condition.)
Car wax is a protective product that leaves a barrier film on the paint to protect it from the elements, and also makes your car look shiny and new. It doesn’t dissolve in water and it doesn’t melt in the sun, so it lasts well on your car. Most car waxes contain carnauba, a plant-based wax.
1. Daily protection: Car wax builds up a protective layer on your car’s paintwork, protecting it from scratches during driving or when washing it.
2. Shiny: When correctly applied, car wax makes your car look as good as new. It fills in any fine scratches in the clear coat (the top, clear layer of paint on your car), making the car look smooth and shiny.
3. Safe against the sun: A car’s paint can fade over time if parked outside, although modern Toyota and Lexus vehicles do have modern paint technology that is very hard-wearing. A coat of car wax will protect the car’s paint from the sun’s UV rays, preventing fading.
4. Clean for longer: Because car wax creates a smooth, shiny protective film on your car, dirt and water don’t adhere to it as easily as they do to the paint. This means that your car will look cleaner for longer, especially during the rainy season when regular showers would otherwise cause streaking and marking.
How to wax:
1. The first step is probably the most important, and it doesn’t even involve car wax! Wash your car thoroughly with a good-quality car shampoo. Do this in the shade if possible, and dry the car afterwards with a chamois.
2. Use a proper wax, which is normally a fairly hard paste. Some products offer a 2-in-1 car wash and wax, but these don’t protect your car for long. There are also liquid wax products, which are easier to apply than the paste wax but still offer some level of protection.
3. Apply a small amount of wax to a small section of your car, using a clean and slightly damp cloth. To make it easier, do an easily defined section of your car at a time, such as the bonnet, then the bumpers, etc.
4. With a second clean cloth, buff the wax to a shine, then move on to another section of the car.
Remember: Park your car in the shade before waxing it, and make sure that your car isn’t hot when you start.