How To Wax your Mustang
Your Ford Mustang is your dream car. It's got a beautiful paint job that cost you thousands of dollars and you want to keep that paint job in pristine condition. Proper washing and application of a wax coat will keep that paint in pristine condition for as long as possible.
Tools and Materials
- Car wash kit-High quality cleaner, wash mitt, bucket, chamois for drying
- Car wax kit-Applicator, microfiber or cheesecloth buffing towels, high quality wax.
The Proper Environment
This is key to achieving a proper wax coat and paint protection. You should NEVER wash and wax your car in the direct sunlight, especially when the temperature is in the mid- to high-80's. According to most makers of car detail products, the idea wash and wax temperature range is between 65 and 95 degrees.
Step 1: Wash
Most car enthusiasts will recommend car wash products from either Turtle Wax or Meguiar's. Turtle Wax is older, but Meguiar's has more fans. Wash and then rinse relatively small portions of your Ford Mustang in small circular patterns, rinsing out your wash mitt often to keep the dirt and grit in the bucket and off your car.
Step 2: Rinse and Dry
Start from the top and work down when rinsing to make sure you remove all of the soap. When finished rinsing, dampen the chamois and wring it out thoroughly. Start at the top and work down again. Spread the chamois out and pull it across the body panel to remove the water.
Step 3: Apply the Wax
Wax should be applied with the special applicator provided with the wax. Apply the wax to a small area, approximately two foot square, in small overlapping circles. Use moderate pressure, between three and five pounds, when applying the wax. Allow the wax to dry to a soft haze.
Step 4: Remove the Wax
Here is where the high-quality microfiber or cheesecloth towel comes in. Fold it in quarters for easier management. Using the same small overlapping circles and moderate pressure, remove the wax. When you feel the cloth dragging, flip it over to a clean section and continue removing the wax.
Step 5: Buffing
You've gotten the wax removed from the first small section, but it doesn't look as bright and shiny as you think it should. This is because now you need to buff the wax. It's recommended to use a completely different cloth here, but you can use a clean section of the other cloth. Again, using overlapping circles and moderate pressure, buff the wax. Pay attention to the feel of the cloth as it moves across the waxed body of the car. When the cloth begins to drag, flip it to a fresh side. Keep buffing until the shine you want appears.
Regular and proper washing and waxing of your Ford Mustang will ensure optimal protection for the paint and body. Washing of your Ford Mustang should occur every time you notice it getting dirty. Waxing should occur approximately once a month.