Car Care Detailing Guide
                      Interior Care \ Engine Cleaning \ Exterior Washing \ Using Detailing Clay \ Dressing \ Compounding \ Polishing \ Waxing



Many people assume that polishing and waxing are the same. But, the two are different processes. Properly cleaning and polishing makes a world of difference to the outcome and gloss duration of the paint. Waxing over surfaces that need polishing or compounding will only create a temporary gloss. Polishing actually deep cleans the paint by removing oxidation, scratches, spotting, old wax, swirl marks, and other minor paint defects. Polishes work with abrasives and/or chemical cleaners to flatten, or level, the surface. Waxing provides a protective barrier between the finish and the environment. It also makes your car look better by allowing the surface to reflect more light resulting in a high gloss finish. Waxing is the final step for your painted finish.

There are many different types of waxes ranging from carnauba waxes, to synthetic sealants, to highly advanced polymers. Determining which of these to use is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer the ease and quickness of a liquid spray-on polymer such as #69 Hydro Shine«, while others like the extra long lasting durability of a hard paste wax such as #15 E-Z Wax Paste«. Follow the guidelines below for proper waxing.

  Recommended Waxing Procedures:

After properly washing your vehicle, spray Auto Magic« #49-Body Shine«  or Clay Magic« Clay Lube onto a 3' X 3' section of the vehicle's painted surface. Clay the surface with #CM-2200 Clay Magic«. For more info on claying, see Using Detailing Clay.


Each vehicle may require a different process for compounding, polishing, and waxing. This process depends upon the condition of the paint. Some vehicles may only need a protective layer of wax while others may require compounding and polishing. Use the Paint Condition Chart to help determine your paint condition. 

After you choose your paint condition, follow the recommended repair with the product choices listed on the Paint Condition Chart. Refer to each product technical bulletin for additional usage and helpful tips.

Apply a thin, straight line of wax directly to the paint. Do not wax in direct sunlight. If you can't get indoors, get into the shade. For polymer and paint sealant instructions, follow the recommended directions on the product's back label. Some sealants are best applied to the applicator first, not the paint.


Use a micro fiber towel or applicator pad to wax the paint. Hand buff in small sections at a time, body panel by body panel. Rub the wax into the paint using circular, overlapping motions. Let the wax film dry, then remove with a clean, soft micro fiber or terry towel. Remove any remaining wax that may be in cracks, emblems, and molding.


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Know Your Product's Abrasive
Content Before You Wax

The Auto Magic« Abrasive Meter is an exclusive quick reference guide to the aggressive nature of products in the Waxes, Glazes & Compounds category. Products listed in the green area are mostly waxes or sealants and are not aggressive. Products in the yellow area contain mild abrasives. Compounds are the most abrasive and are located in the red zone.

 Recommended Auto Magic«
Waxes, Polymers & Paint Sealants:


E-Z Wax Paste
#15 E-Z Wax Paste
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Strawberry Wet Wax
#22 Strawberry Wet Wax
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Technical Info
Purple Blaze Wax
#24 Purple Blaze
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Technical Info
Banana Magic Car Wax
#73 Banana Magic
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Technical Info
Awesome Gloss Wax
#79 Awesome Gloss
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XP Swirl Remover Wax
#90 XP Swirl Remover
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Technical Info

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