How do you wax a car without a buffer?

What’s the best way to wax my car without using a buffer? I’d like to make my car look as good as possible for my parents, but I don’t have a buffer.

Waxing your car is a great way to make it look as good as new! Luckily, it’s easy to do from home—even without a buffer! Just follow these steps to wax your car:
  • Wash your car with soap and water.
  • Rinse it with fresh water.
  • Dry the car with microfiber towels. Make sure it’s completely dry before you start waxing.
  • Place your car in a shaded area that isn’t too hot or too cool. Direct sunlight or heat will make the wax dry too quickly.
  • Apply wax to a microfiber cloth or waxing pad.
  • Gently rub the wax on the car in small circular motions. Use the wax on one small section at a time, slowly working your way over the car.
  • Let the wax sit for as long as your waxing product recommends—usually around 10-20 minutes.
  • Polish the car by wiping off excess wax with a microfiber cloth. Rub the cloth in circular motions all over the car. Flip it to a clean side when it starts to drag a bit.
  • Repeat the waxing process one more time to give it a professional-level shine.
Congratulations! If you followed those steps, your car should look shiny and new. Remember to take your time when you wax your car. Rushed wax jobs lead to streaks which can be tricky to remove.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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