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If you take pride in your vehicle, then keeping up with your car’s finish is certainly worthwhile. While many will just do a basic car wash to get rid of the grime buildup and call it a day, there’s so much more you can actually do to keep the paintwork in almost new condition. Waxing your car after a wash is one of the best ways of doing so.

As with most cleaning products, frequently buying wax isn’t very cost effective. Things can get a little pricey. Even further than just money, waxing your car the traditional way is extremely time consuming. You’ve got to spend a good amount of time applying wax, buffing, and wiping each panel clean. For these reasons, I’d consider spray waxes to be a better solution for car care in many ways.

However, there are DIY spray wax options that will give you the same protection for a fraction of the cost. If you’re someone who enjoys saving money and taking on a simple project, you’ve got to check out this detailer hack for making your very own car wax at home.

Homemade Car Wax Recipe

  • Empty 32-ounce bottle
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Bottle of No Rinse Wash & Wax

I know what you’re thinking: That’s a really short recipe. Well, you’d be correct, but also surprised to find out that’s really all you need to make a whole hell of a lot of spray wax. In fact, with only a 16-ounce bottle of No Rinse Wash & Wax, you can make up to two gallons of this sealant to protect that fancy automotive paint job!

Let me explain the process in a little more detail. You’ll start out with your empty 32-ounce bottle and fill it up almost entirely with the distilled water. Now that you have your base, you’ll add in anywhere from 2-3 ounces of the No Rinse Wash & Wax product to the water. From here, give it a good shake to mix the solution together, and you can then pour it into a more practical spray bottle for application. After a good car cleaning with soapy water, simply spray the homemade solution on each of the panels, and give it a good wipe down with either a microfiber towel, or some other type of microfiber cloth mitt. For another tip, it’s best to wipe in circular motions to end up with a clean car without streaking.

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If you’re confused on either adding 2 or 3 ounces of the wax cleaning solution, let me clarify. Adding only 2 ounces is ideal for most conditions. As soon as you add this in, you’ll notice the water solution begin to get thicker, so if you’re working outside in direct sunlight, this should be more than enough. Adding 3 ounces will make the DIY solution even more thick, but it should be just fine if you’re going to be working in a climate-controlled work area.

Follow these steps and before you know it, your car paint will be shining brighter than ever before. Everyone loves a clean vehicle, so whether you’re driving a new car or something older, you’ll surely be happy with the result. When it’s time for clean up, you can store the rest of that unused 32-ounce solution for next time. Just make sure you shake it up before you use it again. Next time you’re ready for cleaning, give this homemade car wax spray a shot! You won’t be disappointed.

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