Waxing is one of the last stages of detailing your car, some sealants offer enough protection for waxing to be left out, although many like the feel and final finish of applying a wax. If wax is to be added, it will usually come last in the process: wash, clay / cleanse, glaze, seal, wax (to be topped up with ‘quick detail’ sprays.
There are two basic main types of wax, Synthetic or Natural based waxes. Often synthetic waxes will offer more in terms of longer lasting protection, while natural carnauba waxes often offer more in terms of visual appearance from the paintwork, as they contain carnauba, beeswax, candellilia and more that can enhance the colour properties of your paintwork, due to the wax content they often bead water well too, allowing the paint to hold less water and also give an indication of when the wax is running out. Both offer various advantages and disadvantages, and will largely come down to personal preference as well as the colour of the vehicle and type of usage i.e daily driver or weekend toy.
Always ensure a clean surface, with no chance of dirt landing on the paint while you are waxing, this will increase the likelihood of inflicting swirls. Using a soft foam applicator pad, that is clean and light coloured will allow ease of application and identification of foreign particles in the applicator, in our experience less is more; a little goes a long way and over-loading your applicator pad will only result in difficulties in buffing the wax away and of course, wasted product. We find applying two thin coats to be much more effective than trying to apply one thick coat. Once cured the wax will normally haze, in the cooler months we can do a couple of panels at once outdoors whereas in the summer this may be down to a panel, even half of a panel at a time. Using a microfiber buffing cloth to remove the cured wax will allow for a thorough buffing and wax removal, many can also be machine washed so you can re-use them at a later date, store them somewhere clean and dry and you will get a good deal of use out of them! Always read the manufacturers blurb here as some waxes will allow re-application an hour later, some immediately and some up to a day later.
Enthumo accepts no liability for incorrect use of supplied products - always read the label and exercise common sense.