Disclosure: Armor All sent us these products but as you can see from the pictures of the truck we really needed them. All opinions are our own.
We spring clean our homes but have you done the same for your car? The winter months can be terrible on your vehicle and if you have kids thrown into the mix you can pretty much guarantee that the mess will be multiplied by one million.
This past season we have had 3 kids that are now sufferers of motion sickness as well as a stomach bug last week that nearly crippled our crew but left one particular kid projectile vomiting all over our middle row. Add that with the usual build up of seasonal dirt plus the old food that has found it’s final resting place between our car seats and our truck needs love, both inside and out.
Armor All Premium Waxing Kit
Armor All has long been a brand we have used in our car detailing needs and when they offered to send hubby a premium waxing kit so that he could give the outside of our car some love he was like a kid on Christmas morning. Giving the car in for detailing can not only be costly but it also means we are without transportation for the day, not an option in our home.
Plus there is a simple pleasure in maintaining your car yourself. It’s pride in ownership. Also, a car is a huge purchase and we plan on having ours long enough for the kids to learn to drive in it (we love our truck OK?) so we have to do the maintenance to make sure the body survives that long.
Waxing is important to your car because it adds a protective layer on your car’s clear coat. You should be doing it twice a year and you can think of it as the top coat of your nail polish, necessary and adds just the right amount of shine.
Overall this waxing kit was easy enough for even us newbies to use. It was the perfect activity for hubby and I to tackle during nap time and it gave us an excuse to head outside.
Included in the kit were
- Premium Wash Wax and Protect
- Cleaner Paste Wax
- Spray Detailer
- Liquid Cleaner Wax
- Extreme Glass Wax Cleaner
- Protectant Wipes
But we were babies so we used these awesome tips from Armor All in our waxing journey:
Walk Before You Run. Before you wax your car, wash it thoroughly in a shaded area. Otherwise, the heat of the sun could dry the car faster than you can wipe, leaving more water spots than when you started. Rookie mistake!
Pop A Wheely. Cleaning your wheels is a messy job, so make sure you wash them first with a tire and rim cleaner. If you leave this task until the end, you’ll track gunk on your car’s body that you just spent precious time and energy cleaning. Talk about one step forward, two steps back!
Wash N’ Dry. You want to be tough on grime? Wash your car with a lambswool or microfiber wash mitt. Follow up with a chamois, terrycloth or microfiber towel to dry. The most experienced master knows the true strength in softness.
Wax On, Wax Off. You don’t need to lay it on thick. A thin but even coat is more than enough to protect your car’s paint work. Apply a small amount of Spray Wax to one area of the car at a time. This technique will ensure the wax does not dry too long before buffing. Divide and conquer.
In the Buff. The longer you buff, the better the shine. Buff in overlapping circular patterns to remove residue, and if there are any patches when you’re done, park your car in the sun for 10–15 minutes. You don’t want it to fully soften, but heating the wax will make buffing more efficient. Life pro tip: don’t buff in the buff, you’ll scare the neighbours!
Karate Express. If you don’t have time to devote to mastering the art of the car wash and wax, the Wax Wipes are here to help. They’re an easy way to wax and protect your car anywhere and anytime. Throw a package in your car, and drive around feeling like a car waxing black belt – ready to strike at a moment’s notice.