Are you interested in protecting your vehicle and making it look its best? Then a fresh wax is just what you need, and a buffer is a handy tool that will make it happen.
What is it about a fresh-from-the-factory car that catches our eye? One big factor is the flawless clear coat that it boasts. But after a significant amount of driving, that nice clear coat will start to dull. Cars take quite a beating out on the roads. Clear coats do a good job of hiding many knicks and scratches that arise, but you can do more to give your car a hand.
Waxing, or creating a thin protective layer over your clear coat, is a great way to further protect your car. This article will teach you how to wax your car with a buffer to get the perfect shield.
What You Need
You will need the following before you start the waxing process:
- Buffer, or specifically, a random orbital buffer
- Microfiber cloth
What Kind of Buffers Are There?
There are various kinds of buffers to choose from. Buffers can be used for multiple purposes and may be called a polisher or waxer. We recommend using a random orbital buffer. These are beginner-friendly and safer to use on a vehicle, as opposed to a rotary-style buffer.
So, what makes a great random orbital buffer/polisher? The ones that have these features:
- Speed control and adjustability
- Smart motors
- Load-independent pad speed
- Safe to use
These ensure that you get consistent results and that your car suffers no damage in the process.
Hand waxing vs. using a buffer
Waxing your car with a buffer will save you a lot of time and probably give you better results. Buffers are also able to apply the wax more evenly.
How to Wax a Car With a Buffer
You won’t want the wax to dry while you’re still working on it. Waxing your vehicle indoors or in the shade is preferable to prevent this, as the sun can cause it to dry early.
To prepare your car for waxing, you must wash it thoroughly. This will prevent grit and dirt from smearing everywhere. You can also use a clay bar after the wash to further clean the paint. Finally, let your car fully dry.
Once your car is dry, take your buffer pad and apply the car wax of your choice. The wax manufacturer should list the instructions on how to do this.
For black cars, which are especially good at showing imperfections, specialized black wax can be used, which may hide scratches even better.
Now, you can finally turn your buffer on and apply the wax in a gliding motion using minimal pressure. The buffer should do the work. Then, let the wax dry to a haze on the vehicle.
It’s time now to wipe the wax off. Use a microfiber cloth in long smooth motions to remove the wax. Do not wipe it off in a circular motion, as this will leave swirl marks.
Choosing the Right Wax
There are a wide variety of waxes to choose from on the market. While some detailers may swear by one product over others, it’s probably mostly a matter of personal taste.
Choosing the Right Pad
Compare the various pads that are available. Look for one that is made for waxing a vehicle as opposed to cutting. Choose one that is compatible with your buffer.
Benefits of Waxing Your Car
So what do you get with a perfectly waxed car?
- Waxing prevents fading from sun damage.
- Waxing increases the shine of your car paint and makes it look better!
- Waxing acts as a shield over your car, protecting against dirt, rocks, and more.
So, now you’ve learned how to wax your car with a buffer. This will help your car to stand out amongst the rest and give you a sense of pride. The buffer will make this job a snap for you.
You won’t have to pay someone else to perform this job for you anymore. You can even offer to wax some of your friends’ cars. Enjoy the results of your newfound skill!