Protecting the look of a car should be important to every car owner. One key step to keeping your car looking great is by regularly taking the time to wax it in order to protect the paint and give it that enviable shine.

In addition to getting regular car washes (once a week is best!) and avoiding scraping your car doors on any and every object that seems to come a little too close, it is important to give your car a good wax 2-4 times a year.

One writer from Popular Mechanics says he waxes his car twice a year: before winter and in the spring. He also likes to use spray-on wax between official waxings to keep up the shine.

Although it is technically winter already, the unusually warm temperatures have provided a great window to get in a good wax job before the snow!

What you need:

  • Good quality car wax

  • Soft cotton towel

  • Sponge applicator

  • Window spray cleaner (for cleanup)

What you do:

  1. Wash and dry your car. You don’t want to seal in dirt and grime with the wax. Also make sure your car is parked in the shade because exposure to lots of sunlight can make the wax dry to quickly or sit on the vehicle for too long, making it difficult to buff off.

  2. Shake the bottle well and apply a small amount of wax to the foam and spread it evenly over the surface of one section of the car in a very thin layer. It’s important that you don’t try to wax too large of an area at one time. Make sure you avoid things like mirrors and black plastic bumpers that aren’t meant to be waxed unless you want white stains.

  3. Let the wax sit for about a minute, allowing it to haze. When the wax starts to look foggy or like it’s drying, begin buffing it off with a clean, soft towel using circular motions. Be sure to flip the towel periodically, as the clean part of the towel works best.

  4. Continue this all around your car, section by section.

  5. Once finished, clean the wax from unpainted plastic and rubber surfaces with window spray cleaner.

Do you have any car waxing tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments or on our Facebook page!
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