Waxing your car regularly can keep up the beautiful shine that it’s meant to have. It protects the paint job and ensures that your ride is looking even better than when it did when it rolled off the lot.
But sometimes waxing by hand can be…exhausting. Even with the right towels, it can be time-consuming and draining, even for the most enthusiastic car person.
So what is there to do? Maybe you’ve been thinking of using a power waxer but aren’t sure if it’s a practical way to go about waxing your car.
Luckily we have the answers for you. We care about cars on the inside and out and know that if you’re reading this, you’re just like us.
So here’s how and why you should use a power waxer.
Why Wax Your Car?
Waxing your car might seem a little extra to the casual driver: Is it really worth it? While it is a little extra work, it definitely pays off if you don’t want your car to look faded and worn, which we’re guessing you probably don’t.
Small scratches are inevitable, and they can get everywhere on your car, but waxing helps avoid these accumulative damages.
Wax also shields your paint from dirt and water damages, especially that nasty layer your car might pick up when the snow turns into slushy mud.
Above all else, though, waxing your car keeps it looking brand new. Essentially, it’s a thin coat on top of the paint that keeps away scratches, dirt, and even sun damage.
Why Use a Power Waxer?
As we mentioned, waxing your car by hand can definitely be empowering, and it looks sweet in the movies, but it’s also super tiring to go through and wax every inch of your car.
Here are a few reasons you should consider using a power waxer if you’re not already on board:
Get More Done, Faster
Nobody likes wasting time, and using a power waxer helps cut down on the overall time it takes to get the job done. Working by hand could take you hours while the power waxer will get you out of the garage in a fraction of the time.
Unless you can spin your hand at 2000 RPM, of course.
Reduce the Amount of Effort
Have we mentioned how exhausting it is to wax your car? Especially when you have so many other things going on already, it’s nice to take a shortcut once in a while.
Goodbye, sore shoulders. Hello, power waxer.
Get a Smoother Finish
Like we mentioned, you probably aren’t spinning your towels by hand anywhere near the speeds a power waxer can reach. The amount of rotations per minute depends on the actual waxer, but the high speeds mean that you’re getting a much smoother finish on your ride than if you were just using your slow, human arms.
Different Types of Power Waxers
If you’ve decided to opt for the power waxer approach instead of just using your hands, you might notice that there are a few options when it comes to power waxers.
There are several different versions, and they all generally do the same thing, but some are certainly better than others, in our opinion.
Dual action power waxers are generally considered a bit safer for waxing and get a smoother finish. This is because of the two ways that it simultaneously moves—it rotates as you would expect, and it also oscillates the position of the pad.
This dual action creates a high-paced, random movement and reduces the amount of friction that other waxers might have an issue with.
The drawback of the dual action waxer is that they tend to be more gentle tools, which does mean that they’re safer to use but do take a bit more time than their rotary counterparts.
Rotary waxers only focus on the spinning of the pad, meaning there are no oscillating movements. This allows the device to focus more energy on the spin and can be a bit more aggressive.
This definitely means you can cut down on the time you spend waxing, but you really have to know what you’re doing.
What Type of Pad Should You Use?
Choosing and buying the right pads for waxing is critical- You definitely don’t want to use anything built for paint removal, for instance. While that might seem obvious, pads can seem fairly similar on the shelf, so make sure to read what their intended use is.
You always want to work with the softest pads you can find when waxing. This will protect your paint job and apply the wax coat in an even manner.
How To Use a Power Waxer
The process of waxing your car with a power waxer is fairly simple, but you definitely want to read and follow all instructions before doing anything to your ride.
Read the manual on the waxer and the products you’re using to ensure you get the end result that you’re looking for.
Otherwise, here’s what you do:
Clean the Car
Before you start with the power waxer, you’re going to want to make sure that your vehicle is squeaky clean. Make sure to wash every inch of the exterior to make sure that you aren’t running over any dirt or debris.
We suggest using a high-quality car soap like Ultra Concentrated Car Wash Soap, which penetrates and removes any gunk you don’t want on your car.
Apply the Wax
You want to apply the wax directly to your power waxer pad. We recommend making several small dots around the perimeter of the pad and then a single, larger dot in the center. This provides you with total and smooth coverage.
Take it slow and smooth with the power waxer once you start. Make gentle, long, straight strokes across the body of your car so that you aren’t piling up the wax too much in particular areas.
Take your time working around the car; make sure to cover each area at least a few times to make sure you get enough on. But don’t overdo it, we want a fine, even coat.
Clean and Wash Again
Once you’ve applied the wax and followed the directions (they typically have different wait times before you move forward), clean off any excess dried wax with a clean microfiber towel.
Give your car one last rinse, step back and appreciate the beautiful shine you’ve just given your car.
Advice for the Best Results
As we’ve said, waxing can really bring your car back to life if it’s starting to show some signs of aging, and with regular attention, you can keep it looking fresh and new.
Make sure to use gentle, straight lines with the power waxer to get the best results. You don’t want swirls or any chaos in the wax. Long, straight strokes will get the job done.
You also want to pay attention to your equipment; only use clean towels and clean surfaces. You certainly don’t want to be waxing your car if it’s still a little dirty.
Lastly, wax your car when it’s an appropriate temperature- You shouldn’t burn your hand if you touch the hood, nor should you need to be wearing gloves for the cold.
What Wax Should You Use?
At Shine Armor, we’re obsessed with developing the best products for your car, inside and out. Our Spray Wax Quick Coat is a majorly affordable, high-quality choice for anyone who cares about their vehicle's exterior.
It’s a Brazilian carnauba wax that will get you head-turning, show care shine that not only looks good but will defend your car's exterior from the worst of the worst.
We’re confident that this wax is the best available option on the market, and if you’re considering using a power waxer to get the best look for your car, then this is the product for you.
How Often Should You Wax?
While the wax that you choose will have a recommended schedule for how often you should use it, we generally suggest applying a coat of wax on your ride every three months.
You can certainly do it more often than that—we won’t stop you. But if you want your car looking ready to pull up at all times, then the three-month mark is about as long as you’ll want to wait between waxes.
We know that you care about how your car looks; that’s why you’re reading an article about how to power wax your ride. We share that passion with you and hope that with these tips, you’re able to get the clearest coat your whip has ever seen.
Make sure to take your time and use the right products, and you’ll be checking yourself out in the reflection of your exterior in no time.