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How To Wax Your Car

Even though manufacturers claim that many of today's cars have a clear coat of paint that gives cars all the protection they need, nothing makes a car sparkle like a fresh coat of wax.


  • Step 1: Using a micro fiber towel, remove the dry wax in reverse circular motions, again going from the highest point of the car to the lowest.
  • Step 2: Spray household cleaner on matte, unpainted surfaces, like a plastic bumper, and wipe with a second clean rag to remove any stray wax residue.
  • Step 3: Buff the car's surface one last time, using the second microfiber towel. Then stand back and admire your reflection!
  • FACT: Wax on, wax off: In the 1984 film The Karate Kid, the title character learns the fine art of karate by repeatedly waxing his teacher's car.
  • Step 4: Allow the wax to dry to a dull finish.
  • TIP: Try to avoid getting wax on anything besides the body of the car, like the black rubber window seals.
  • Step 5: Shake the liquid wax container well and apply a small amount to a clean rag.
  • TIP: Make sure the wax is non-abrasive.
  • Step 6: Starting with the roof, apply the wax in small, circular motions. The goal is to apply as thin layer of wax as possible.
  • Step 7: Continue rubbing in sections, moving to the hood, the trunk, and finally the sides of the car.
  • Step 8: Park your clean, dry car in a shaded area and allow it to cool down.

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