Waxing is such a critical step to achieving a glorious showroom shine and extending the pristine finish of a car. And let’s face it, nothing beats the look and feel of a freshly waxed car!
When it comes to waxing your car, it’s important to avoid shortcuts or skip steps because the end result won’t be as good. And regardless if you consider yourself an expert on car waxing, there’s always room for a great tip or two to up your game. That’s why we’ve consulted with professional car waxers to reveal some of their tried and tested tricks:
Prepping isn’t just a step to get over with, it will affect the final look of the finish after waxing so leave no stone unturned. A car that’s been prepped well ensures the proper adherence of the product, which is the only way to achieve a beautiful shine and long lasting protection. What’s more, prepping your car for a wax will speed up the entire waxing process, making your job easier in the long run.
The key to proper prepping is to strip old waxes and sealant off the paint job before layering the fresh wax. This way, the old wax build-up won’t dull the finish after waxing is done. Once you’re done stripping the old wax off your car, you’re ready for polishing using a paint cleaning clay. This product removes buildup that does not come off with a normal wash.
We highly recommend using a masking tape to protect the car trims and paint from any “oops moments” as you wax. Hey, better safe than sorry!
Mind the Application
Don’t be too heavy handed on the application because the excess product will only make it harder for you to buff off. Over application is also wasteful and removing excess product will slow you down. Just apply the product thinly, add more if you need to and buff away until the product disappears. It helps if you apply in small sections so you do not wax the same spot twice.
While we’d advise applying the product sparingly, we’d also recommend layering the product to boost the shine and gloss of the finish. The key to proper layering is to give the product time to cure. For instance, start by applying a thin coat of wax; leave it to cure then buff excess products before moving forward. If say, you’d rather cut the application time, skip the buffing and layer a second coat of wax over the cured first coat. Give the product time to cure before buffing.
A Final Wipe Down
You spend hours applying the wax so it make sense to use the right towel for buffing the product away and prevent minor scratches or other boo-boos during the final wipe. We love microfiber cloths because the material is so gentle! Use a soft, clean and non-abrasive towel to give your car a final wipe down and you’re done!
It’s inevitable, even newer cars will refuse to start once in a while. Engine trouble, a problematic battery, and a clogged system are just a few of the many reasons why a car will break down during a trip. So what do you do in case your car refuses to start and you’re stuck in the middle of a busy road? Here are important tips to keep in mind:
Check Your Car Prior to a Trip
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this old adage rings true if you’re constantly on the road. Never go on a trip without checking if your car is in perfect condition. Take your car to your local mechanic or dealer for its regular maintenance service before a drive. Of course, regular maintenance won’t prevent a breakdown no matter how careful you are but still, keeping your car in optimum condition will prevent minor hiccups on the road.
If your car went dead, pull over the road. You want to pull the highway shoulder as quickly as you can and remember to signal other motorists to get yourself out of a dangerous situation. If you need to pull over on the left shoulder, make sure your car is as far away from moving traffic as possible so you don’t cause a traffic jam or an accident.
Once you pulled over on the side of the road, be aware of your surroundings. Make sure the car is away from oncoming traffic and always exit facing away from traffic. If you cannot pull over, turn on your hazard lights to warn other motorists and set your hazard tools for good measure.
Keep Your Cool
Being stuck in the middle of nowhere at the dead of the night is quite scary indeed but it’s important to keep your cool so you can think straight get yourself out of the situation as quickly as possible. Remember, panicking will not get you anywhere so stay calm and collected, call someone for help and wait for help to arrive.
While waiting for help, remain inside your car and roll up the windows. Lock the doors and windows and do not leave the engine running for an extended period because the last thing you want to deal with at this point is a dead battery.
Call for Roadside Assistance
When calling for roadside assistance, provide your membership number, a short description of your car and your location. Let the dispatcher know if your car is making strange noises or if there’s smoke coming from the engine. All these signs will help determine what caused the breakdown later on.
If say, you don’t have a mobile phone and you can’t make calls, look for an emergency call box and call for help. As soon as you’re done, go back to your vehicle and lock the doors. If there is no call box near you, try hanging a white cloth on your window and wait until high patrol comes.
Also, keep in mind that it’s your responsibility as a car owner to understand roadside assistance rules and coverage/terms stipulated in your insurance policy.