For an even higher gloss, Fix suggests lightly buffing the whole car with a damp cloth after all of the wax has been removed. Polish painted bumpers and chrome trim with wax, but keep it away from black rubber borders and textured black plastic bumpers. Treat them with a rubber and vinyl dressing.
Your final 15 minutes should be spent on tires and wheels. Brake dust and grime build up quickly and can sometimes make it difficult for cleaning. Use a product like Prestone® Wheel Cleaner, a deep-cleaning, non-caustic, non-corrosive formula that is safe enough for all wheel types, even polished aluminum.
Apply a product like Prestone® Tire Shine evenly across the face of each tire. It has up to twice the active ingredients of leading competitors and offers three-rainstorm protection.
• With over 16 years experience, Fix is a nationally recognized automotive expert and authority on consumer automotive and safety issues as well as car care and repair.
Washing and waxing a mid-size car will take about one hour. An additional 15 minutes should be spent on the wheels and tires.