How to apply a Wax or Sealant

Applying Waxes/Sealants

Waxes and Synthetic Sealants are two of the best and affordable ways to maintain your car's paintwork. It is recommended to wax your car every 2 months, however it may vary from the brand and also level of wax, how much you drive your car,how often do you wash it or how it's parked on a day to day basis.

To find out whether you prefer a wax or a sealant, check out our paint protection page for more information.

Project Detail are proud to be official Swissvax Applicator

Project Detail are proud to be official Swissvax Applicator


Preparation is the key to good results when comes to applying wax. Good preparation allows the wax to bond well with the paintwork, giving the best results and longevity. We recommend going through a 2-bucket wash method, and a decontamination process to ensure your paintwork is free of contaminants before applying wax.

Things you'll need: 
- 2-buckets with Grit Guard (Recommended) 
- pH Neutral Car Shampoo (or if you want a fresh layer, you can use a stronger shampoo)
- Clay Bar (Highly recommended) 
- Clay lubricant/Quick Detailer
- Wax of choice (Liquid or Paste)
- Foam applicator pads
- Masking Tape

Start by washing your car with the 2-bucket wash method earlier, followed by a clay bar treatment, ensuring the car is completely dry and parked under the shade. You can read our how-to guide on Clay Bar treatment by clicking here. 

Using the masking tape, mask any rubber and trims to prevent wax from going over those areas. Some materials and trims might be sensitive to waxes and it may cause damage to those areas. 


Applicator Foam Pads

- For a paste wax, "dip" the foam pad in the pot of wax. For a liquid wax, shake the bottle thoroughly and apply it on to the applicator pad.
- Start by applying it onto the car in forward and backward motion, working a small section at a time. We do not advise applying in a swirling motion. 
- Apply over the entire car, and wait for it to cure. After it has finished curing, the wax will haze. To check, run your fingers through the applied area and you should see the majority of the wax smudges off.
- Using a microfibre towel, wipe off the remaining wax to a shine. You might use up to 2-3 towels for the entire car. 

Pro tip: Applying sealant first, and then carnauba wax on top of sealant gives a amazing gloss and warmth. This will also prolong the lifespan of the product.

Curing Times

With all products, there is a set curing time that must be met. This allows the synthetic sealant or wax to bond to the surface. These times vary wildly depending on the product applied and the ingredients used.

For example, synthetic sealants typically can be wiped off either immediately or just after 5-10 minutes. Typically for waxes, especially quality paste waxes the curing time is much longer. Waxes like Swissvax Crystal Rock can take up to one hour to cure.

The best thing to do as we suggested earlier is a swipe test, if the swipe is clean and does not smudge that means the product has bonded and is ready for removal.


Hand Application 

Another option for applying waxes is solely by hand. By taking a small portion of waxes, rubbing and warming it through your hands. The wax is then able to be smoothed out allowing a better coverage and more even layer versus an application bad.

We do not recommend this method unless you are using a high quality carnauba wax otherwise cheaper solvents and other ingredients may be bad for your skin.

We hope this article helped you on how to apply a wax or a sealant. To find out more on how Project Detail can help you detail your vehicle check our other articles from our blog here or to ask us a question or if you have an enquiry be sure to click here.

Swissvax Sydney Applicator

Hand Made in Switzerland

Project Detail is now an official applicator for Swissvax in Sydney. We are proud to partner with the world's most prestigious car care product brand which has been manufacturing since 1930. We are grateful to be one of very few in Sydney to be an official applicator of Swissvax.

Zuffenhausen - Designed for Modern Porsche paintwork with 40% Carnauba volume.

Swissvax's dedication to innovation and quality is what attracted us to become an official applicator. We share the same core values and both our end results in a glossy perfect vehicle. Part of Swissvax's mainstay is their fantastic range of waxes. They have put timeless effort and research into designing combinations of waxes suitable for different makes of vehicles.

As detailers, we can vouch that each manufacturer's paint is very different, therefore to be able to provide a top tier wax tailored for the characteristics of each is very beneficial. Project Detail carries most of the following range:

  • Blau-Weiss - A wax designed for the incredibly hard Cermiclear finish on BMW's
  • Scuderia - A wax designed for the softer and bright finishes on Ferrari's and Alfa Romeo's
  • Zuffenhausen - A Special blended wax designed for newer Porsche Finishes.
  • Opaque - A thin and malleable wax designed uniquely for Matte and Satin Finishes.
  • Reflexus - A wax designed for the soft and gel-like finishes on Lexus
  • Crystal Rock - The Top Tier Wax, developed in conjunction with Paul Dalton 

These Waxes afford the car a deep lustre that cannot be matched by a glass coating or any kind of synthetic sealant. This is why in an age of glass coating technology, Swissvax is still highly regarded today.

Swissvax Crystal Rock - Audi R8

Swissvax - High Performance Car Care.

Swissvax - Caring for your Dream.

Scuderia - Softer Ferrari & Alfa Romeo's paintwork glow when finished in this wax.

Project Detail, uniquely uses Swissvax for a number of our services. Primarily, our Swissvax Detail service is a popular choice where not only is the full detail done on the vehicle, we utilise all Swissvax products; from the shampoo, the leather cleaner and conditioner and even the wheel cleaner.

We then finish the Swissvax detail with your choice of wax, with certain types costing a premium due to their longevity or performance.

Blau-Weiss - A truly unique wax designed for the proprietary Ceramiclear finish on BMW's

Just like when we polish your car, we take hours and days perfecting the end result, so too is each pot of Swissvax. Individual serial numbers verify the authenticity and each pot over 70 years later, is still hand poured with pride.

If you are located in Sydney, and would like the Swissvax experience for your vehicle, please contact us by clicking here and sending us a message today.