how to remove wax

You’ve purchased a new car. You want to keep it new, bright, and shiny for a long time. You think washing regularly will work, but what you don’t know is that it needs to be waxed frequently.

how to remove wax

While your regular coating on top of the paint is good enough, regular waxing adds another protective coat on your car. The more coats on the vehicle, the more protective it will be.

Not only waxing provides a shiny and glossy look to your car, it also create a slippery surface which prevents dirt and grime sticking to it. If your paint is starting to look dull and doesn’t feel as smooth as it used to be, then it’s time to add a new coat of wax. In order to do that, first you have to get rid of the old wax.

While there is no set in stone rule, waxes must be changed after every three month. Many waxes need a clean surface to properly bond with it. That means you invariably have to remove the old wax before applying a new coating. There are a couple of ways in which you can take the old wax out.

  • Using a pre-wax cleaner. Or,
  • Using a detailing clay.

Here are some easy to follow steps to make your car ready for a new layer of wax.

Step 1. Using a pre-wax cleaner to remove old wax:

One of the easiest ways to remove old wax from your car’s surface is to use a pre-wax cleaner. But to use a pre-wax cleaner, there are some essential materials you need to have in place. They include.

  • Car wash solution.
  • Pre-wax cleaner.
  • Micro fiber cloth.
  • And a wax remover.

Here’s how you should use these materials to clean the surface of your car.

  • Wash and dry your vehicle. This will remove all the dirt and grime from the surface allowing the pre-wax cleaner to soak directly into the layer of wax that you want to remove.
  • Use a car wash solution to wash the car and allow it to air-dry itself. Or you can even use a micro fiber cloth to dry your vehicle.
  • Determine what type of wax remover suits you the best. You can find a wax remover at your local auto supply store.
  • A pre-wax cleaner is composed of a chemical cleaner. This will help you to remove the old paint from your vehicle’s surface. They usually come in two forms.
  1. Spray on wax removers. This product will chemically strip off all kinds of waxes on your car. However, they don’t deep clean your vehicle. These products are used by car owners who want to regularly wax their cars. Spray on wax cleaners are easy to use. Just spray on, and then wipe off!
  2. Non-abrasive polish. Non-abrasive polish not only removes waxes on the vehicle, it deep cleans the paint. This is the best choice if you wax your car less frequently and looking to really clean your vehicle.

Note: pre-wax cleaners can sometimes discolor plastic and rubber components, so make sure to keep the product only on the paint and use it gently.

  • Apply whatever product you’ve chosen directly on the paint. Be careful that the product doesn’t spread over the plastic and the rubber parts of your car. Quickly wipe off anything that ends up on the plastic and rubber components.
  • Use the microfiber cloth to spread the wax remover all across the paint. Use the wide sweeping mode to remove the old wax from your vehicle’s paint.
  • Repeat the process until you completely get rid of the old wax. If you are so worried about the discoloring of the plastic parts, then we recommend using a wax remover that is specially designed for keeping the plastic parts of your car safe. Make sure that you apply the wax remover as per the instructions on the bottle.

Step 2. Using detailed clay to remove wax:

Detailing clay is a resin based compound that is generally used to remove the contaminants of a car’s wax, metals, glass, and even on fiberglass. These products are either natural or a synthetic product.

Usually, detailing clay just glides on the surface of the car and grabs all kinds of dust and grime. To use the detailed clay, the surface must be wet. And the clay lubricant is used to prevent any debris scratching the surface. Like the previous method, you need certain materials to use while removing old wax. They are.

  • Car wash solution.
  • Clay lubricant.
  • Detailing clay.
  • Microfiber cloth.

Here’s how you do the wax removal process using this method.

  • Wash the car thoroughly. Use the car wash to get rid of the dirt and the grime from the paint. This’ll allow the detailing clay to pick up more wax.
  • Dry the car with a microfiber cloth or let it completely air dry itself.
  • Spray the clay lubricant to clean the surface. Most clay bars come with a clay lubricant, but you can also purchase it from an auto-supply store. Spray the lubricant clay evenly on the surface.

Tip: work in small surface sections. Stick to two square feet at a time.

  • Rub the clay bar gently back and forth throughout the wet surface. After some time, the bar should start to pullout the wax out of the paint. When the bar easily glide across the paint, the wax will be removed easily.
  • Wipe of the remaining clay residue with a microfiber cloth. Use the clay lubricant to remove any stubborn clay spots. The paint should be smooth for view as well as for the touch.
  • Repeat the process until you remove the old wax completely from your car. By now, your car should be clean and rewax your vehicle as soon as possible after taking the old wax out.


Removing old wax is imperative to properly and effectively apply new wax, hence keeping your car glossy and shiny. Make sure you use our recommendations above when you wax your car the next time. Why is it so, because these are the easy ways to remove old wax from the surface of your fav vehicle!

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