Waxing your car is something you should be doing at least a few times a year after you wash your car. It’s another layer of protection that helps prevent fading from UV rays, repels water, and makes washing the dirt off your car easier. Plus it makes your car look even shinier. And who doesn’t love that?
Before you can apply any wax, the paint needs to be free of contaminates, and this can be done with the use of a clay bar. And in order to get the best results from a clay bar, it’s recommended to give the car a wash beforehand to remove any large bits of dirt. However if your car isn’t very dirty you can get away with using some EcoSmart Waterless wash and a microfiber towel. Then the clay bar will come in to remove the very fine dirt particles that are embedded in the paint that we can’t easily see, but we can easily hear if you run your hand back and forth against the car.
There are a couple kinds of clay bars out there. There is the original bar of clay that look like a block of putty, and a newer style clay mitt. For the original clay bar, only a small piece needs to be pulled off and formed into a disc, so the whole bar will last quite a while, but once the disc of putty has been filled of contaminates, it will need to be thrown away. On the other hand with the clay mitt, the contaminates can simply be rinsed off which makes it perfect for use while washing your car. And the clay surface area is much bigger so claying an entire car takes much less time. But either option will make your paint feel as smooth as glass.
Once you’ve decided which clay system you’ll go with, the only other component need for claying is a lubricant. Chemical guys makes a special spray specifically designed for lubricating clay, but if you don’t have any on hand, or run out in the middle of the job, a quick detail spray like P40 or V7 will work too. Just make sure you use a liberal amount of clay lube while you work the clay bar back and forth in short movements in straight lines across the exterior. If you feed the clay start to grab the paint, you need more clay lube!
With the car freshly clayed and the paint free of contaminants, it’s finally time to grab a foam applicator pad and Mr. Miyagi your favorite car wax on. We usually use butter wet wax because of its deep wet shine, but there are a ton of other options listed on our website. A helpful tip to get even wax coverage is to dab the wax across the working area before you start working it in. Then a clean microfiber towel is all your need to buff it out.
The prep work for the car is the biggest time consumer of waxing, but if you use the clay mitt during the washing process you can save a bit of time. But really this is a process you only have to do a few time a year, and your car will not only look better but it’ll stay cleaner throughout the year, and will be easier to clean when it gets dirty.