JornayaTrusted Form

How to Wax Your Vehicle Yourself

Deliver Your Vehicle Stress Free

Compare our rates to or from: any location in the world

  • Deliver Your Car Stress Free and Have Peace of Mind
  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured Carriers Near You
  • Award Winning Service, Always on Time

Get instant quotes using our form, or call:

Auto Shipping Quote Calculator
How to Wax Your Vehicle Yourself
How to Wax Your Vehicle Yourself

Waxing Your Vehicle Yourself

The temptation would be to take your car to a car wash to get it waxed by a professional, but you can save yourself money by doing it yourself. There are many reasons to wax your vehicle, as it helps to prevent it from becoming dirty through sealing the paint in a sense, not to mention that it also leaves your vehicle looking shiny and spotless.

One way to tell if your vehicle needs to be waxed is to pour water on it. If the water doesn't form beads on the exterior, then it could use one. It's recommended that you wax your vehicle at least a few times every single year.

So, how can you actually do it on your own? Check out the following guide:

First Prepare Your Vehicle

You can't just start waxing your vehicle right away. You have to first prepare it by giving it a thorough washing. Simply use soap and water and make sure that the exterior is clean through washing with a soft sponge and a hose. The reason why this is necessary is because the wax can stick to a clean exterior much easier if there is no dirt on it.

If the exterior paint on your car happens to be damaged or scratched a bit, you could use a polishing compound before starting the waxing process. It will make the color appear more even, not to mention also will smooth out the paint.

*Use a microfiber cloth that's slightly wet to spread and rub the polishing compound over the entire vehicle. You can then use a second microfiber cloth to wipe it away afterwards.

A-1 Auto Transport ships worldwide. Click Here or call to get a free, no obligation to buy, price quote for your shipment.

Make Sure the Environment is Right

You should always make sure that you wax your vehicle between 55° Fahrenheit to 85° Fahrenheit. It would be more beneficial though to be closer to the end of that spectrum. The reason why you want to make sure that you don't want to wax your car in surroundings that are too hot is because the wax will dry too fast to move it. In cold temperatures, it will also be hard to move.

An ideal place to wax your car is in a garage since the temperature can be more controlled in that environment and the sunlight can be kept out.

Choose the Right Wax

You should always make sure that you chose the right wax. The two main types of waxes are:

  • Cleaner Wax
  • Spray Wax

Cleaner wax is the less expensive option of the two, but it can be a bit rougher on your car, especially in the top clear coat. If you chose to use a cleaner wax, skip the polishing step mentioned above.

Spray wax is easier to use, however, one of the pitfalls of it is that it doesn't last as long as cleaner wax.

The Waxing Process

The first step is to place the wax on a foam applicator (or wet sponge), which usually comes with the wax. For every 2' x 2' part of your vehicle's exterior, use a silver dollar amount. When in doubt about how much to use, read the directions on the wax container. In addition, you should always use less than more if you're confused.

Next, always use circular motions that are overlapping and soft. You want to make sure that the wax is applied evenly over each section. Place a bit of pressure as you do it, but not too much. One helpful tip is to divide your car into various sections.

If you have access to one,  you can also use a buffer. You can place wax on the buffer itself, set it to a low setting, and place it directly on the vehicle, allowing for any imperfections to be eradicated, as well as to ensure that your vehicle is evenly waxed.

After It Has Been Applied

Once the wax has been applied, you should wait five to ten minutes before removing it. Use a clean microfiber cloth in which you wipe away the wax with gentle motions, similar to how you applied it. Switch the sides of the cloth once it becomes more difficult to swipe.

That's all there is to it! Don't be intimidated about the waxing process. Start today!

Joe Webster
Written By:Joe Webster
Connect with Joe Webster on facebookConnect with Joe Webster on linkedin

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an Instant Quote

Or Call Us Today and Speak to Directly to Our Sales Team:

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2020, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.