Tutorials - Protection Stage

Wax Process

WAX ON, WAX OFF TECHNIQUES

No, not your back, sack and crack. Although if you want a Brazilian wax, you’ve come to the right place. A lot of protection stage products have carnauba in, which comes from a Brazilian rainforest palm.

Polishing creates most of the gloss. If your car isn’t machine polished, a wax or sealant may help mask some of the remaining scratches and improve its appearance even further. But it’s really there for protection.
For maximum durability, you would apply a wax onto ‘bare’ paint that has been wiped down with a strong solvent – but this can kill the look by removing those shiny glaze oils already on the paint. So we’d recommend going for a decent finish and applying the wax over a polish.
Check that the panel is cool. Then apply some Protection Wax (actually a wax/sealant semi-synthetic hybrid) to the panel using a wax applicator. Rub it over the panel in a thin layer until it achieves a thin, uniform coverage.


Allow it to haze over and cure. This could take anything from 5-35 minutes depending on panel temp, ambient temp and ambient humidity. Once hazed, remove the residue with an Extra-soft Buffing Cloth and buff to a high shine (if the wax proves difficult to buff, use some Detailing Spray to wet the panel and carry on).
An hour after buffing, check that there is no re-hazing. If there is, buff the wax again. If you want to add a further layer of wax (two layers are good for coverage, but any more than three or four and the additional benefits will drop off) you can do so at this stage.
Wax on, wax off. Just like Mr Miyagi taught you, Daniel-san. Right, wheels next.

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