This guide is designed to show you how to wash your car using the most efficient method, before applying any wax to your car it is important to prepare your paintwork, this normally involves washing you car and possibly claying it and also polishing the paintwork.
The best way to wash you car is to use what is known as the two bucket method, this is a very simple but effective method of removing the majority of the tired from your paintwork.
Autoglym Aqua Wax is more of a quick detailer than a full on wax but it is a great product to top up your wax every few weeks, it can be used instead of wax, I have done this in the past and put it on once a week after washing the car.
This is probably one of the easiest quick detailers on the market to use as it is applied to a wet car after washing and it can be used to top up the finish on the Autoglym HD Wax.
How do I apply Autoglym Aqua Wax to my car?
Once you have washed your car there is no need to dry it, you apply the Aqua Wax to the wet paint and then dry the whole car using a microfiber drying towel. It is important not to use too much of the Aqua Wax on your car, a quick spray of the wax on each panel and maybe two sprays on the roof and bonnet is enough.
After the wax is applied you need to dry the surface of the paint with a microfiber drying towel, this spread the Aqua Wax across the whole panel. Once the car is dried you need to give all panels a quick buff with a microfiber towel and you are done, the video below from Autoglym shows how to use their Aqua Wax.
What results will I get from Autolgym Aqua Wax?
For such an easy process the Aqua Wax does really produce very good results, it will give great water beading on your paintwork and one application should last for a few weeks depending on conditions, don’t expect it to last as long as some of the past waxes, it will give a lasting finish for a few weeks rather than months, but it is so easy to top up when you are regularly washing your car.
The good thing about Aqua Wax is than it can be used on all surfaces of your car, this includes the paintwork, rubber and glass and also on trim parts without leaving any white marks like normal wax would.
How much does Autoglym Aqua Wax cost and where can I buy it?
The Autoglym Aqua Wax comes in a kit and you can buy it on Amazon for about £11, for this you get a 500ml bottle of the spray wax and two microfiber cloths. Autoglym also sell their Aqua Wax in bulk under another name aimed at professionals, it is called Autoglym Express Wax and it is available with a 5 litre bottle of the wax and a spray bottle for £44.99, this can be more economical if you intend to use the Aqua Wax on more than one car on a regular basis.
What is a Clay Bar and why should I use it on my car?
A Clay Bar is an excellent way of removing contaminants like tar, brake dust and other stuff that cannot be removed easily with normal washing. It is basically a bar of clay that you rub over well lubricated paintwork, as it passes over the paintwork it will pick up anything stuck to the surface of the paint
If used correctly a Clay Bar will restore your paintwork to a glass like finish, if you run your hand over the surface of your paintwork you will be able to feel small things on the cars surface a Clay Bar is ideal for removing contaminants for paint, fiberglass and metal on your car.
How do I use the Clay Bar on my car?
When using clay on your car your should always ensure that the paintwork is well lubricated, the best lubrication is a detailing spray that you can buy along with your clay, some people use car shampoo and water as a lubrication, although my personal choice is to use a detailing spray as it produces better results and you clay will last longer.
Once the panel is fully lubricated you need to rub the clay slowly across the panel and make sure you do not apply too much pressure as this will leave marks from the clay on your paintwork. As you work around the panel, make sure that you keep applying the detailing spray to keep the panel lubricated throughout the process.
When you have finished claying the panel, take a microfiber towel and dry it off, then run your hand over the panel and it should feel as smooth as glass if all of the contaminants have been removed from your paint. The video below gives you a good idea of exactly how you should clay your car.
What should I do after claying my car?
This all depend on the finish after you have clayed the car, if there are small scratches and waxes on the paintwork then you will need to give the car a good polish either by hand or with a machine polisher. If you paint is in good condition after using the clay you can move on to the waxing stage without polishing, have a look at our guide on how to wax your car by hand.
How much are Clay Bars and where can I buy them?
The majority of Clay Bar kits can be bought for around £15, some are slightly more expensive depending on what is included in the kit, you can find out more details over at Amazon on some of the Clay Kits available.
All of the waxes that we have tested out so far have been paste based waxes, there are also a number of liquid waxes on the market that do an excellent job, one of these is Armor All Shield liquid car wax that the company claims is better than wax.
Armour All Shield liquid wax has been available for a few years, it is an excellent alternative to paste based waxes and will produce a great finish on your cars paintwork.
How do I Apply Armor All Shield to my car?
Armor All Shield is very easy to apply to your vehicle, as it is a liquid rather than a paste it can be applied more quickly. The best way to apply the wax is with a foam applicator. Place a small amount of the wax on your foam applicator, a drop of wax about the size of a 10 pence piece is enough and then apply to your paintwork in a circular motion.
As I mentioned in by previous wax reviews, I like to apply wax to the car one panel at a time, once one panel is completed I move onto the next one until the whole car is covered in wax. I then go back to the first panel and remove the wax using a micro fiber buffing towel, the liquid wax is considerably easier to buff off than some paste based waxes.
Make sure you apply a thin coat of the liquid wax to your vehicle, as I find with liquid waxes it can be easier to put on more wax than you actually need, applying a thin coat will give better results than putting on two much wax.
What results will I get with Armor All Shield?
Armor all shield is designed to give you car lasting protection, it has a unique feature that activates the wax when you wash your car and this will last up to a total of ten washes, so this gives you about two and a half months of protection if you wash your vehicle once a week.
The video below gives you a look at what the wax looks like with a water test, as we can see there is decent beading on the paintwork and it gives a great finish.
How much does Armor All Shield cost and where can I buy it?
Armor All Shield
comes in a 500ml bottle and it is available on Amazon for £11.59, for this you get the bottle of wax, a foam applicator pad and a microfiber cloth. For the money this is great value considering that you get everything you need to apply the liquid wax to your car.
Once you have chosen your car wax, there are two ways to wax your car, you can either use a machine polisher or your can wax your car by hand, personally I prefer the hand method as the majority of waxes available on the market are very easy to apply and remove, the time that I would use a machine would be when I want to polish scratched and swirls for the paintwork, we will talk about that in a future article.
The first thing that you need to do when waxing your car is ensure that the paint has been prepared, a good wash and also a polish (if needed) will prepare your paints surface for the wax, ensure that your car is dried thoroughly, I like to use a microfiber drying towel to achieve this.
Dodo Juice make some amazing details products for your car, one of the company’s popular waxes is Dodo Juice Blue Velvet , this is a hard wax that has been designed for darker colors cars and it produces great results on darker paintwork like black cars.
What is Dodo Juice Blue Velvet made from?
Dodo Juice Blue Velvet is made from grade 1 Carnuba wax from Brazil, it also contains dark beeswax, Jojoba oil and Montan Wax, it has a unique fragrance and smells like bubblegum of blueberries.
Autoglym is one of the most well known car care product ranges for looking after your car, the company has a wide range of waxes and polishes to choose from, one of their top products is the Autoglym HD Wax, the HD stands for High Definition.
What is HD Wax made from?
The HD wax comes in a 150g jar, you also get two Autoglym applicators for applyication and a microfiber cloth for removing it. The wax is made from a combination of Carnuba wax, oils, saturated hydrocarbons and microcrystalline.
Bilt Hamber double speed wax is probably one of the best all round car waxes available on the market today. The wax is created by the team from Bilt Hamber Laboratories and these guys know their stuff, having created numerous award winning products.
What is double speed wax made from?
Double speed wax is made from the finest T1 carnuba wax and of course it also comes with some secret ingredients from the guys in the lab. It is designed for paintwork which is in good condition, if you have damaged paint work or faded paintwork, then you will need to prepare your vehicle first.