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This week’s article is a guest post from PFYC.
Before you wax and clay your car’s paint, first make sure you’ve already conducted a proper exterior detail. We’ve already provided some guidance on exterior detailing, which you can review here. Once your vehicle’s exterior is clean, it’s time to wax and clay your car’s paint.
Waxing and claying is a method that many car collectors use to preserve their vehicle’s color and weather-resistant attributes. Claying gets rid of foreign substances on your car’s exterior surface, while compounding goes a bit further by eliminating any defects and imperfections underneath the exterior surface.
Some people just clay, while others clay and compound. Both are acceptable pre-wax prep for your car’s wax.
Waxing 101 – Tips for a Great Car Wax
Once your paint is clayed or compounded, it’s ready for a protective coat of wax. Any wax from Adam’s car care products is a great choice, and PFYC.com sells all kinds of great clays, compounds and waxes from Adam’s line of exterior detailing product line.
Let’s get started – here’s how to wax your car:
- Just put a small dab of wax on your car to start.
- Slowly & surely spread the wax around with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Continue to apply the wax until it is spread evenly on the surface; it should appear clear.
- Once one coat is applied, you can put an optional 2nd coat on, if necessary.
- Get rid of any extra polish.
- Enjoy a job well done!
A quick word on paint sealant and paste wax. Paint sealant protects your car from rain, snow, sleet and other elements. It’s recommended for cars in inclement weather regions. Paste wax is mostly used for showroom cars and classic automobiles. It doesn’t hold up to the elements like paint sealant, but provides a superior finish and high-gloss shine.