Waxing your car is a basic tenet of car care - not only does it make your N Charlotte Toyota nice and shiny, it also protects your paint from moisture, rust, dirt, debris, and sun damage. It’s important to apply wax regularly to offer your car’s paint the protection it needs, but it’s also imperative to ensure that you’re doing this car care the right way. Our Charlotte auto service techs are here to help you wax your car properly in six simple steps.
Use these 6 simple car care steps to keep your paint looking new
#1: Make sure you have the right wax.
Part of car care is choosing the right type of wax. You don’t have to break the bank and buy one that’s super expensive, but you don’t want to just find the cheapest wax option, either. Come to Toyota of N Charlotte and let our parts specialists help you find one that’s middle-of-the-road and will give you the protection you need.
#2: Wash your car, well.
Before you apply wax, you should thoroughly wash your car, rinsing it to ensure that all dirt and debris have been removed from the surface. After you’ve washed, you should dry your ride completely before you start the next step of your car care routine.
#3: Find a shady spot.
Waxing your car in the sun is never a good idea - it affects how the wax goes onto the paint and let’s be real, it’s just hotter. Find a shady or covered spot to wax your car, or try to complete this car care in the early morning or late evening when it’s easy to avoid direct sunlight.
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#4: Use the provided pad to apply the wax.
Your wax should come with an applicator pad (and if it didn’t, you can pick one up at our Charlotte Toyota parts store). Use this pad to apply the wax to your car - it’s usually made of microfiber or a similar fabric, which is safe to use on your car’s paint. Apply a dime-sized amount to the and apply in small circular motions.
#5: Only apply wax to the paint.
Just to be clear, waxing is for the paint only. You shouldn’t be trying to wax any plastic, metal, or rubber parts of your car - it can actually damage these parts and leave you in need of repairs or replacements.
#6: Look for the “chalky” look before you wax off
When the wax on your car is properly dried, it should have a matter or chalky look - that’s how you know it’s time to buff. Use a microfiber cloth to buff the wax into the paint, using the same small circular motions that you used for application.
Car care doesn’t have to be complicated - at least not with our help! Visit Toyota of N Charlotte’s parts store for assistance in finding the right wax for your car care routine, and ask our techs for tips any day. You can reach them at (704) 659-2025.
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