Nov 11, 2005

Car Tip 12 - Automotive detailing - waxing

Automotive detailing - waxing

Automotive detailing process invloves basic wash process, the paint prep and buffing process, and detailing the interior. I talked about using a foam cleaner in the interior series. Using that same foam cleaner regularly on your seats and carpets to remove dirt and soil spots will prolong the cleanliness of your interior, and when it comes time to detail the interior again it wont take as much time and work.

I prefer to top the painted finish with a wax or a sealant in the finishing step. You can also apply the wax or sealant when you complete the buffing process. It doesn't matter when you add wax or a sealant, but it is an important step that cant be looked over. Waxing the vehicle protects your paint, and removes swirls from the buffing process.

Wax protects your paint from the harmful elements that our vehicles are exposed to everyday. To keep that great shine and luster, you must wax your car regularly.

Wax is best applied with an orbital buffer and a foam pad, but hand applying works also. Apply your favorite wax to the painted finish, be sure to spread the wax evenly over the entire surface. Be careful not to get wax in plastic moldings, some wax can't be removed. If you have an orbital, use a foam pad or a terry cloth bonnet to remove the wax, if you don't use microfiber towels to remove the wax residue.

Tip 1 - Mask off your molding to prevent covering them in wax.
Tip 2 - Microfiber towels work great when removing wax because they collect the dust.

Once you have removed the wax, wipe off the dust and any excess wax residue with a clean mircofiber towel. With a fine detailing brush remove wax residue and dust from the cracks, crevices, and emblems.

If you have any touch up paint, use the paint to touch up any rock chips or anywhere it might be needed.

Tip 3 - When using touch up paint, it is best to use a fine paint brush, not the brush that comes with most touch up paint.
Tip 4 - Use only enough paint to cover the chip.

With a can of spray dressing, dress your wheel wells. This will cover up dull looking wells. With your favorite tire dressing dress your tires. Spread the dressing on your tires evenly.

Look over the vehicle and see if you missed anything.

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