Consumer Reports suggests that you hand wax your car every season. Doing this regularly helps protect the paint from scratches, tree sap, and bird droppings.
First things first: Before you apply wax, Consumer Reports advises you to wash your car and dry it to remove watermarks. Then apply a layer of wax on a cold surface. Do not work in direct sunlight, as the heat can cause the wax to clump together and spread unevenly. Consumer Reports recommends that you apply the wax in a circular motion, then allow it to dry and remove it with a microfiber cloth, also in a circular motion.
Want to keep your car shining for as long as possible? If you are planning on going to a car wash, be sure to go for a brushless service, as the brushes in an auto wash can actually remove some of your wax work!
Maybe you’re tempted to avoid using all that elbow grease and go for a car wash spray wax treatment. Not so fast! These spray treatments give more cosmetic shine, while hand waxing puts on a protective layer that can last for months.
Consumer Reports says that even the best car waxes it has tested will only last a few months, so it’s best to plan to hand wax your car three to four times a year.
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