Vehicle Maintenance Tips: Waxing a Car

May 1st, 2013 by

Cleaning the CarAs the weather continues to get nicer, it’s important to remember that things like dirt, mud, and accumulating grime can have long-term negative effect on your vehicle’s exterior. Here at Crestview Chrysler in Regina, we work to make sure our customers get the most out of their cars, so we want to draw attention to the benefits that waxing your vehicle can have on its exterior. Read on for some tips on how to properly wax your car!

First, Wash Your Car Thoroughly

In order to prevent particles from getting trapped between a layer of wax and your car’s paint, it’s very important that your car’s exterior receives a good cleaning. This also avoids any scratching that might occur during the waxing process. If you wash your car yourself with a product that has a bit of wax in it, or your local carwash has a service that applies wax with their wash, that won’t provide the same amount of protection that a semi-annual wax job will. After your car has been washed, but before you apply the wax, make sure you’re aware of the following detail:

  • If your car is dark in colour and has a clear-coat finish, make sure that whatever wax you choose to use doesn’t have any abrasives in it. Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle’s finish requires any special treatment before proceeding.

Applying the Wax

Unless otherwise noted by your dealership or owner’s manual, you have options with regards to what type of wax you can use. A couple of wax types worth noting are:

  • Soft Wax – This type of wax tends to be very light, simple to apply, and simple to remove. Depending on the type of soft wax you choose, it might even come with a light cleaner, but it’s still important to wash your car before applying.
  • Paste Wax – This is generally classified as a “hard” wax. It will give your car the most protection, but apply it sparingly so as to prevent the wax from hardening too quickly, thus becoming difficult to remove.

Once you’ve chosen what wax to use, simply apply a thin, straight line directly to the surface of your car. Using a microfiber or soft terry-cloth towel, begin to rub the wax into the paint. Make circular motions and try to overlap them as you go. Proceed to allow the wax film to dry a bit, then wipe it away with a different clean, lint-free microfiber or terry-cloth towel.

For any Extensive Surface Damage, Bring Your Car to Us!

While wax is an excellent paint and finish protector, if your vehicle does receive a deep gouge in the paint, or any other ding that needs tending to, our Service Centre here at Crestview Chrysler would be happy to fix that for you! Just fill out our online service appointment form and we’ll take your car in at your convenience. We hope to serve you soon!

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