How to Clean & Wax Lacquer Auto Paint

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How to Clean & Wax Lacquer Auto Paint
Clean and wax your lacquer auto paint to make your car shine. (Car washing image by Evgeny Berdjansky from

Many classic and new car owners choose to protect a new paint job with a coat of lacquer finish. This finish can be applied at home or by a professional and will protect the car from any dings and scrapes. The lacquer also provides a glossy finish that makes the car stand out from the rest. Cleaning and waxing a lacquer automobile correctly will help ensure that the car shines.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloths
  • Plain water
  • Bucket
  • Automobile shampoo
  • Garden hose
  • Car wax

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  1. 1

    Soak a soft cloth with plain water. Wring out the cloth until it's damp, not soaking wet.

  2. 2

    Wash off the entirety of the lacquer paint finish. Most dirt and debris can be removed from the car with plain water, which prevents residue from the use of automotive shampoo.

  3. 3

    Prepare a mixture of 1/2 cup of automotive shampoo and 3 gallons of water.

  4. 4

    Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and wash any difficult stains with the automotive shampoo mixture.

  5. 5

    Rinse the entire car with a garden hose. Dry it off thoroughly with several soft cloths.

  6. 6

    Apply a thin layer of high quality, non-abrasive wax onto the car with a soft cloth. Use overlapping, circular motions to apply the wax evenly over the entire surface.

  7. 7

    Allow the wax to haze, which generally takes one to two minutes. Once this hazing has occurred, buff the car with a soft cloth. Rotate the cloth to a clean part of the towel often to ensure that the wax is removed more effectively.

  8. 8

    Remove any wax that may have landed on unwanted areas of the car, such as the plastic trim or windshield, by rubbing it away with a soft cloth.

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