How to Wax a Car with a Buffer

February 24, 2012

Electric buffers make car waxing less labor intensive and distribute wax more evenly. Learn how to wax a car with a buffer for best results.

Waxing A Car With A Buffer

Learning how to wax a car with a buffer properly reduces the amount of time waxing takes, while also providing excellent showroom type finish. Random orbital buffers are not overly expensive but before you get right to it you should probably take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the process of using one. Power buffers may be more useful on certain vehicles, particularly those with large, flat panels on them. Small vehicles that have cracks, undulations and crevices are more difficult to buff with an electric buffer.

Work in the Shade
Make sure you wax your car in the shade, or in a garage. If you choose to work in the sun the wax can dry too fast causing you all kinds of problems. Working indoors allows you to avoid any potential bird droppings.

Wash the Car
First, as with any waxing, it is always a good idea to wash the vehicle prior to waxing it. The paint should be smooth, like glass, and free of debris. Avoid soapy residues and make sure that the car is thoroughly dry prior to applying any sort of wax to it.

Apply the Wax
Set the wax applicator over the buffer pad of your electric buffer. Without turning the buffer on, apply the wax to the vehicle, using a large circular motion. Finally, gently apply the wax to the car by turning on your buffer. Don't exert a lot of pressure on the buffer. The buffer should glide across the surface of your car. Let the machine do its work without any additional pressure on it. Try to apply the wax in a line in the same direction the metal flows. Let the wax completely dry, giving the car a hazy look.

Buff the Vehicle
Remove the wax applicator from the buffer and apply the wax removal cloth to the buffer. Turn on the buffer and buff off the dried wax using long smooth strokes. Never buff in a circle as in doing so you will leave swirl marks on your paint. Allow the buffer to work without too much pressure, simply guide the tool. This is extremely important when buffing your car.

The Importance of Waxing a Car

Waxing a car may take more time than just simply washing it, but it is well worth the effort. It can help prevent damage and maintain the beauty and value of your car.

Protect Your Car
Just as you need sunscreen to protect your skin, your car's paint can also be damaged by the sun. Coating your car's paint with a good quality wax will protect it, just as sunscreen protects your own skin. The paint can also be damaged from snow, wind, industrial fall out, tar, bugs, road salts and a variety of other elements. Waxing will also help keep your car's body from rust damage, chipping and cracking. After wax is applied, it forms a thin layer over the paint and covers minor damages from scratches and small chips. This helps make them less noticeable. Wax also prevents water from penetrating to the bare metal that is exposed by such damage, slowing down corrosion. This will not only enhance its appearance, but also its durability.

Maintain Your Car's Value
For many people, a car is their second largest investment. You spend a lot of money on your vehicle and it should be cared for as a valued item. By properly maintaining the paint on your car, you help preserve its value and help keep your car looking new. When reselling an older car, a well-maintained vehicle will have a higher resale value and attract more potential buyers.

Preserve Your Car's Beauty and Color
The color of a vehicle will change if not maintained by regular waxing. Red fades to orange and black to gray, for example. The glossy paint of a new car will remain glossy with the extra protection of car wax. If a car isn't washed and waxed regularly, it will start to appear dull from the elements, air pollution and acid rain. You should at least wax your car every three months. Considering the benefits of waxing, this is a small task that will result in maintaining the value and beauty of your investment.