If you have an older vehicle you should know your mpg for fuel consumption BEFORE you do this.
Because once you bring your car up to this level - The extra gas mileage will be very noticeable.
You can “feel it”. Now learn how to measure it.
One or two coats of wax is not going to do anything for your ride.
This is about spending 1/2 hour. 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night EVERY DAY.
It is going to take 3 months.!
There are NO SHORTCUTS…none! I’ve been doing this since 1966. I still do this to every car I use. Habits are hard to break, good habits or bad habits…This is a good habit, it keeps me out of trouble.!
Lets start with your vehicle: if it is new - you still have to clean (the paint)
If it’s older or used, it doesn’t matter…step 1 clean the paint…
Don’t waste your time with soap and water.
wet towel or T-shirt or Micro techno “rag”? What ever.
Wipe the dirt, scum, salt, what ever off a small area 2x 3 foot
How bad is the paint ? Usually you can get away with just using Polishing compound.
I like using T-shirt pads 3 x 3 inches. rub polishing compound on any area and keep rubbing until it is all gone. Add more and keep doing this until you see a shine. Examine that area for nicks, swirls, scratches, if it is bad, then you need rubbing compound until you see blemish free paint.
Damp wet rags, and keep rubbing. Once you have a blemish free area, move to a different spot.
Move around the vehicle fixing the paint only, (Chrome & Trim ) is later.
Yes this time consuming work, usually I was able to do this on weekends…
Once the paint is CLEAN & shiny blemish free…Now the wax…which wax ? It doesn’t matter.
The only thing is it must be HARD Carnuba, Simonize, Mothers, or any other Carnuba type wax.
Wet T-shirt pads soaking wet, Circular motion with Rag inside of can of wax. (Water is also added to can). Get that rag (saturated with wax) Two foot by Three foot sized areas…apply the wax in circles, then north & south & then east and west and then circles. Keep rubbing until ALL that wax is gone. This is very difficult to do for the first ten coats of wax. You won’t be able to work all the wax into the paint. Metal is porus just as leather is but not to the same degree.
The Military term was “spit shine” Lots of hours, lots of wax, lots of water. You can turn any material into liquid wet looking glass. Metal or Leather or Plastic or WOOD.
We work with “Ivory & Baleen” (Arts & Crafts) It is the “shine” that sells !!
Back to the Waxing process. After you have 10 / 15 coats of wax, you are going to notice something different… No matter how much wax you put on your wet rag…when you apply it, it is going to get absorbed quickly and you are going to witness very shinny areas, Keep rubbing and it will all disappear…and you are left with an incredible wet looking shine. NOW WIPE IT…with aa soaking wet rag and rub and rub and rub hard…now polish with dry t-shirts…
You are getting very close… Soon that shine will POP and when it does YOU WILL NOTICE IT IMMEDIATELY . Keep building up those layers of wax and keep count. You have arrived when you notice how “wet” the shine looks…People always touch my car when they walk by, They touch it and look at their finger.
My Whole life; I’ve worked on dirty, dusty, muddy industrial construction sites as an IBEW Electrician. My ride is covered in dirt, dust and mud at the end of every day. 15 minutes with wet T-shirt is all I need… NO CAR WASH… (brushes will scratch, swirl, your paint).
This “Wet” look will last… … “forever” if you spend 15 minutes every day twice a day.
You will “feel” the difference when your car is “slick”. When it has dirt on it and drags, YOU WILL notice THAT ALSO.
People will always notice and make comments. Have phun !! Post images