Red Car Wax: Proper Application Techniques for Waxing a Red Car

January 27, 2012

If you have a red car, then to enhance the color and shine you may want to look into using red car wax. Using colored wax is different from traditional waxes, so you should follow some color waxing tips. Because most car paint is acrylic, you will need to match the wax properly. For instance, using black car wax on a red car will completely kill the paint job. It can take some time to find the right red wax for your red car.

  • Wash First: To get the best shine and finish when waxing it is important you wash your car first. Any dirt or debris interferes with the wax. Make sure your car is completely dry before waxing.
  • Multiple Coats: To get the best shine, you want to apply as little wax as possible. So instead of applying a thick coat of wax, it is much better to apply several very thin coats of wax. The goal is to leave behind a microscopic wax layer. Basically, the more you put on, the more you will have to remove. In the case of waxing, bigger is not better. Thin layers produce the best shine.
  • Hand Waxing or Machine Waxing: You can apply wax with a waxing machine or by hand. Machine waxers are better suited for larger areas. They are also able to apply very thin and even wax layers. Hand waxing is best for tight areas and waxing around the trim.
  • Priming the Applicator: You can apply wax using a cloth or foam pad. However it is a good idea to prime the pad before you begin. It is best to prime it with the wax you are using. Apply some wax to the foam in order to moisten the pad. You want to stay away from priming with water because some waxes will turn, gooey, sticky or even harden.
  • Applying the Wax: Many people prefer to apply wax in a circular motion. If you notice that your car has a swirling pattern in the finish from car washes and waxing, then you want to apply thin layers of the wax in long and straight lines. You should overlap these lines so you do not miss any section of the car. You may need to work in small sections or you can wax the entire car and then buff the wax off. This will entirely depend on the wax you are using.
  • Buffing: To get the most shine from your wax, you want to use a microfiber towel. The fibers of a microfiber towel are static charged and will instantly grab the dried wax. Additionally this fiber will not shed and leave anything on the car. Make sure you frequently change to use different clean sides of the towel. You should keep a spare handy in case the first one becomes covered in wax.
  • Where to Wax: It is recommended you do not wax your car in direct sunlight. Shade is preferred because direct sunlight will cause the wax to dry too fast. This can make it very difficult to remove the wax.

Related Questions and Answers

Does Machine Waxing Leave a Better Layer on Cars than Hand Waxing?

It is a common misconception that machine waxing leaves a better layer on cars than hand waxing. A good detailing will include an engine steam clean, as well as full wheel and underbody hot-water cleaning. The same type of cleaning will be used on the box to remove dirt. Unless you have had a "wet sanding" done - where a light compounding agent is used to scrape off old, oxidized paint - then the waxing machine is actually only spreading dirt around the surface. The best way to wax is to use a high-pressure hot-water or steam clean and then a wet sand with a hand-applied silicone sealant for protection. Machine waxing is good when you have done the correct prep work.

What Brands of Wax Make Buffing Easier than Others?

According to our recent research, Griot's products are the easiest-buffing waxes for wax buffing, followed by Turtle products and the next one primarily used by many professional car detailers, is the Klene Car line. Moving to the strictly consumer side, it is found that NU Finish still maintains its reputation as an "easy-on/easy-off" product, followed by the Meguiar's line of wax products. Finally, Black Magic wax were also among the leading easy-wax products. Testing was conducted primarily with a standard sponge, followed by a wait while the product dried, and then a wipe with a cotton cloth (low lint).

When is Clear Coat Car Wax Preferable Over (Matching) Color Car Wax?

Clear coat car wax is preferred after you have had your car repainted and the paint has been allowed to cure, set and dry properly (out of the atmosphere where dust can get on it and in a warm area). Normally, your body shop will apply at least one to two coats of primer paint, and will then apply several coats of the proper color for your vehicle. You apply clear coat to seal and protect the paint job that has just been completed by the body shop. Clear coat not only seals the standard body paint, but it provides further coverage by adding one to two coats of extra clear coat for further protection.

Does Buffing Remove Car Wax or Just Even it Out?

'Does buffing remove car wax or just even it out?' is a tricky question to answer, as it depends on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to bring up the brightness and remove old dead paint with a "wet sanding", then buffing certainly does more than just even it out. If, on the other hand, you are having your car detailed and the detailer uses a standard buffing wheel, the wheel is not only digging into any old layers of wax that exist, but is also shining any new layers of wax you are laying down. Buffing can remove car wax, but you need a special compounding agent to remove the wax and paint. This is at the heart of "wet sanding".

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