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How to Hand Wash and Wax a Vehicle: The Ultimate Guide

If you want to keep your vehicle looking its best, you need to know how to hand wash and wax it properly. This can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before, but don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this guide, we will walk you through the steps involved in hand washing and waxing a car. We’ll also provide some tips on how to avoid common mistakes. So read on for all the information you need to get the job done right!

To start, you will need to gather a few supplies. These include a bucket, sponge or wash mitt, soap specifically designed for washing cars, wax, a hose with a spray nozzle, lint-free rags, and a clean towel. You will also need access to running water and somewhere to park your car where it won’t get dirty again immediately after you finish washing it.

Once you have everything you need, the first step is to wet your car down with the hose. Be sure to use a gentle setting on the nozzle so that you don’t damage the paint. Next, add some of the car soap to your bucket and fill it up with water. Submerge your sponge or wash mitt in the soapy water and then start scrubbing the car, starting from the top and working your way down. Be sure to pay special attention to areas that tend to collect dirt, such as the wheels and wheel wells. Travis from Omaha Tub Resurfacing recommends using an old toothbrush to get in the small areas of the wheels and around the tire valve stem. When you’re finished scrubbing, rinse the soap off with the hose. Then dry your car with a clean towel. Once it’s completely dry, it’s time to start waxing.

Waxing is one of those things that initially may seem hard to do, but it’s pretty easy to do and beneficial to your vehicle. Start with a clean lint-free rag. Apply a small amount of wax to your rag and then spread it over a small section of the car. Use circular motions and make sure you cover the entire surface evenly. Once you’ve done a small portion of the car or truck, take a different clean lint-free rag and wipe the wax off after it has completely dried. Do this again using circular motions. Flip your rag over frequently, or refold it so that a new part of the rag is contacting the surface of the vehicle. Continue these steps until you’ve waxed the entire car.

That’s it! You’ve now successfully washed and waxed your car by hand. Following these steps regularly will help to keep your car looking its best for years to come. Thanks for reading! We hope this guide was helpful.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. We would love to hear from you! And be sure to check out our other guides for more tips on how to care for your vehicle.