How to Wax a Car With a Buffer Like a Mechanic

How to Wax a Car With a Buffer Like a Mechanic

Waxing your car is one of the best ways to protect the paint and clear coat to keep it looking like it did when you first purchased it. Let’s go over the things you will need to know how to wax a car with a buffer like a mechanic.

Microfiber Towels

The micro fiber towels are great for cleaning your car prior to waxing or detailing because they will not leave any residue on the surface that can cause scratching. They also absorb water very well so if you have been driving in wet conditions then this would be an ideal product to use as it will dry quickly. The only downside I found was that these were quite expensive at around $15 per towel but they do last forever! Make sure you use a clean microfiber towel for the job and don’t fall short on elbow grease.

Cleaning Products

I used two products from my local supermarket which worked really well. Firstly I used a degreaser called ‘Degree’ by 3M which has a high concentration of detergent and works really well to remove all traces of dirt and grime. It does take some time though so make sure you give it plenty of time before moving onto the next step. For the second part of the process I used a cleaner called ‘Prestige Cleaner’ which contains a mixture of soap and alcohol. This cleanses the surface of the vehicle leaving no streaks behind. Both of these products work extremely well and I highly recommend them.

Clay bar

This clay bar is essential for applying the final layer of wax. You simply rub the clay into the surface until it becomes smooth again. Once applied you should allow it to sit for 5 minutes before wiping off excess wax using a clean cloth. If you don’t wait long enough then the wax may start to melt and run down the side of the car making it look messy.

Buffing Wheel

You could buy a buffing wheel from a professional detail shop however I prefer to get mine online. There are many different types of wheels out there ranging from cheap plastic ones to more durable metal versions. My personal preference is for the metal version as they tend to hold up better over time.

Cloth Buffing Pad

A buffing pad is another tool required for waxing cars. These pads come in various sizes depending on how much pressure you want to put through the material. Some people say that you shouldn’t go too hard on the buffing pad as it might damage the finish. Personally I think its worth taking the risk as it’s going to cost you money otherwise.

Rotary Buffer

Once everything else is ready you’re finally ready to begin waxing. Start by rubbing the clay bar across the entire area where you wish to apply the wax. Make sure you cover every inch of the car including under bumpers etc. When you’ve finished doing this wipe away any excess clay using a soft cloth. Now comes the fun bit – buffing! Using the buffing wheel slowly move back and forth along the length of the car ensuring you maintain even pressure throughout. Don’t worry if you find yourself getting frustrated during this stage just remember that once you’ve done it properly it won’t feel difficult anymore. After 10-20 seconds stop buffing and let the clay bar soak up the remaining wax. Repeat this process twice more. Finally after letting the clay bar completely dry repeat steps 1 & 2 above.

After waxing your car you’ll notice that the shine looks amazing and feels fantastic against the skin. However, if you live somewhere cold then you may experience problems such as cracking due to ice build up. In order to prevent this happening you must ensure that you always warm up your car before starting to drive.

Buffer Pad

The last thing you will require is a buffer pad. The purpose of this product is to help polish the waxed areas without scratching or damaging the paintwork. Simply use the pad to gently buff the surface of the car. Do not press down too heavily as this can cause scratches. Instead try to lightly brush the surface of the car while maintaining an even pressure. Use circular motions rather than straight lines. As mentioned earlier do not forget to heat up your car prior to driving. Doing this ensures that the temperature inside the car remains constant allowing the wax to remain at room temperature instead of melting.

Wax Removal Cloth

Finally we have our wax removal cloths which are used to remove all traces of wax from the car. This step is very important because if left behind it will leave marks on the paintwork. To remove the wax simply place the cloth onto the surface of the car and pull downwards towards the ground. Be careful not to scratch the paintwork as this would be extremely costly.

Electric Buffer

If you don’t own a rotary buffer yet then there is no better time to get one. Electric buffers are great tools for those who prefer speed over power. They work similarly to their manual counterparts but they also allow you to control the amount of force applied to the buffing pad.


If your car is stored outside, where rain, snow and direct sun will fade and deteriorate your paint job finish, waxing your car at least twice a year will protect and restore the luster and keep your car looking shiny and new!

Car waxing is a very simple process you can do yourself in an hour or two.

Learn how to wax your car quickly and effectively in this simple, step by step guide.

Waxing your car a couple times a year will help keep it looking shiny and protect the finish from road tar, bugs and scratches. Be sure to wax your car in a cool, shaded place and apply car wax using small circular motions.

  1. Start by thoroughly washing and drying your car; you want to get all the dirt and grime off before you begin waxing. If your car’s paint has tar, bugs and other sticky spots, use a bug and tar remover, being sure to wipe it off well before waxing.
  2. Use a non-abrasive wax product; some abrasive car wax products can harm your car’s finish, especially if the color is dark. If your car’s paint is in need of buffing with an abrasive, then that should do it with caution, following the product directions carefully or else you might want to have a body shop or professional car detailer do the job.
  3. It’s best to avoid waxing a car in direct sunlight. Park it in the garage or a cool, shady spot if possible or wait until late afternoon when the sunlight is not so direct that it bakes the wax onto your car’s paint when applied. Also, you should not wax a car in extremely hot or cold weather.
  4. Using a damp wax sponge, gather a clump about the size of a half-dollar on the sponge to apply to your car’s finish; it is best to apply wax in small areas of no more than two or three square feet at a time, dipping the sponge to get more wax as you complete each application.
  5. Rub the wax onto the car paint with a small circular motion, trying not to get wax in door jambs and seams. You can use a soft brush to remove wax that does manage to get into seams.
  6. Continue applying the wax in small sections until you have applied wax to all painted surfaces. If you start in one place and work your way around the car it will be easier to remember which sections you have completed. One easy way is to star with the front of the car, then the hood, roof and trunk and back of the car, then each side.
  7. Let the wax set until it is dry and a visible coat of chalky, white can be seen. If you are working in the sun, you may need to wipe areas clean before finishing all areas, but it is ideal to apply wax to the entire car first.
  8. Use cloth diapers or very soft terry cloth towels to wipe the wax off the paint in the same sequence in which you applied it.
  9. Change towels often as you begin to see wax and dirt build up; while you can shake the towels to remove wax, it is better to change towels more often than less in order to prevent streaking and buildup of wax.
  10. Once you have removed the wax, inspect closely for any spots you may have missed and remove any residual wax you find, and then give the entire car one final wipe down with a clean cloth or towel.
  11. Apply a spray on detailing product like Zaino Z-6 Ultra Clean Gloss Enhancer Spray to give your vehicle a show car quality luster. You can also use this product to detail car paint periodically after washing your car to detail the paint.
  12. Machine wash your towels, cloths and pads, using a liquid fabric softener, which will ensure they don’t scratch the car’s paint when you reuse them!

Check this video out to see how pros do it.