Waxing and polishing your car – how to do it?

Car care - Polishing a black car

The necessity of cleaning the car both inside and out, removing a contamination such as dust, bird droppings, tar and tree resin, seems to be a familiar issue to every car-owner. This will be the basis for not only the nice appearance of the vehicle, but also our safety and good visibility that might be restricted by for example the leaves that got stuck on the windscreen or dirty blades of the wipers. However, we often forget that the car should also be waxed and polished.
Why do we do it?

Let’s face it – the application of thin layers of wax is sometimes a very time-consuming task. If, however, we spend some time and we’ll do it conscientiously, the results will be truly satisfying.


What do we wax the car for?

First of all, if we do it regularly, we are helping to keep the colour of the paint more vivid and we are preventing its fading or getting dull. The fact that the car will look and shine like brand new, will not only be pleasant to our eyes, but also raise the value of it, in case of a possible sale. Groomed body and clean interior is a confirmation of our taking care of the car.
In addition, a suitably protected lacquer is easier to clean and more resistant to the impact of the sun and cold. How to properly wax the car? What is needed for this task are not only good car cosmetics, but also the knowledge of techniques to rub the wax into the bodywork.


How to proceed?

Firstly, the wax should always be applied to a dry surface, since the water droplets can prevent the proper polishing of the body of the waxed car.
Secondly, the agent should be applied in thin layers – only such action will provide us with an exceptional shine and will make the car look beautiful. If you use a mechanical brush, we need to spread the wax evenly on the surface of the sponge, then use the microfibre that is put on the device. If we use too much of it, not only will we only waste the agent, but also we will unnecessarily waste a lot of time. Car users very often do not know the difference between wax and a sealant. You need to remember that the wax is made from natural Carabu, while the sealant is a synthetic substance.
Rule number three – each waxing should start with the darkest part of the body and only a small amount of wax should be applied. If the agent that we have purchased absorbs poorly and the polishing does not go as you have expected, we can try to rub it with a towel. Ideally, however, the wax should be applied with a cotton cloth, at a temperature between 15 and 20 Celsius degrees. While polishing we should move starting from the top and then go down.

What should we pay attention to?

The most frequent cause of damage to the surface of the paint, is leaving the chemicals on a cleaned surfaces longer than recommended by the the manufacturer. You should keep in mind that they have corrosive properties and therefore they should be removed at the right time. What is also very important, is the right amount of resources. It is not true that the more fluid or wax we use, the better the car would look in the end. On the contrary – if we do not follow the instructions we might achieve the opposite effect that we intended.
What is more, it is also not good, if the owner is in a hurry and is trying to polish the varnish “too much” or wants to speed things up by pressing the cloth or the shield of a mechanical polisher harder than it should be done. In such case, it is not surprising that the paint might get scratched or the primer might become visible. You should also be careful with the water under high pressure, which is sometimes so high that it can pierce a car tire!

Remember that the more neglected the area, the longer the water remains on it. Most often it is a direct cause of spots and stains on the surface. The surface might also get rough in many places. Every driver should regularly wax the car, only then will he be able to keep the original colour, be protected against oxidation and make the car look like new for a long time.