How to Remove Wax from Car With 2 Methods

Regular waxing is one of the most important things that keep your car looking fresh and shiny because it adds up another coat to the top of the paint surface. They also create a smooth surface that precludes grime and dirt from getting to the paint.


If your car doesn’t look good anymore, it’s time to get your car a brand new wax. In order to have a new coat, it is necessary to remove all the remaining wax. There is more than one way to achieve this result and here are 2 different methods to remove wax to have your vehicle prepared for a new coat of wax: pre-wax cleaner or detailing clay.​

Method 1: Using Wax Remover to Clean The Old Wax

What You'll Need

  • A microfiber cloth to clean the car
  • A good wax remover to get rid of the old wax
  • A safe wax remover for the car trims

Step By Step Guide

#1. Wash your car using non-drying soap​



​First of all, you need to wash your car using water and a non-drying soap to get rid of all the grime and dirt from the paint surface. Then, let it air dry or use a soft cloth to wipe off the excess water. By washing the car, you allow the wax remover to get directly to the layer of the old wax that needs to be removed.

#2. Choose the right pre-wax cleaner for your car​

There are 2 types of pre-wax cleaner: non-abrasive polishes and spray on wax removers. Both of these pre-wax cleaners are accessible at supply store. Nonetheless, you need to decide what kind of wax that suits your car the best.​

Wax remover can get rid of all the sealants and old waxes off your car but they can’t remove any contaminants below the paint surface. Nonetheless, it is really easy to use for a beginner. All you have to do is to spray it on and then wipe it off. It also makes a good option for those who want to remove old wax on their car regularly.​

Non-abrasive polishes can clean any sealants, waxes and even contaminants that settle beneath the surface of the paint. This is a good option for those who want to really deep clean their car.​

#3. Apply the right pre-wax on the car​



After choosing the right product for your vehicle, it’s time to apply it directly on your car. Don’t get it on rubber or plastic components because it can discolor those parts of your car. Wipe it off immediately if you spray it on rubber or plastic components of your car.​

#4. Wipe off the wax remover using microfiber cloth​



Use a soft cloth to clean the entire pre-wax cleaner left on your car. Do it in a circular motion from top to bottom and side to side. You need to clean it carefully in order to get all the old wax removed.​

Reapply if necessary. Nevertheless, don’t repeat this too often because the chemical in the wax remover can gradually damage your paint.​

#5. Clean the trim with a safe wax remover​

In order to clean the trim, you will need a pre-wax cleaner that is unharmed to use on plastic. You might want to ask a mechanic to find out which types of wax remover is best for your car.​

Remember to read carefully the instructions on the bottle of the wax remover before using. Apply it directly on a microfiber cloth and gently clean along the trim to get rid of as much of the old wax as possible.​

Method 2: Using Clay Bar to Remove The Old Wax

What You'll Need

  • A microfiber cloth to clean the car
  • Car wash solution to wash the car
  • Clay bar and clay lubricant to remove all the old wax

What is Detailing Clay and What Does It Do?

Detailing clay is an engineered compound which is normally used to get rid of contaminants from your car glass, metal, paint and fiberglass. Detailing clay is similar to the clay that we used to play when we were a kid; however, the clay used for detailing is normally much more elastic. It can be flattened, rolled, stretched and smashed over and over again.​

It works by sliding along the paint surface and grabbing everything on it. One of the great things about detailing clay is that it is not going to affect your plastics and rubber.​

#1. Thoroughly wash and dry your car using washing solution​



In order for detailing clay to be able to pick up more old wax, you will need to wash your car completely. It is suggested that you use a wash soap to remove all grime and dirt off the paint surface. Then, let it dry using a microfiber cloth. This allows clay bar to remove more old wax afterward.​

#2. Using clay lubricant to create a smooth paint surface​

In this step, you’ll need a clay lubricant. A clay lubricant creates a slippery surface for the detailing clay to pass over, making it easier for the clay to easily go through the paint surface leave the paint perfectly clean. Most detailing clay comes with a clay lubricant, but you can buy it at any store.​

Spray clay lubricant onto the paint surface. It is recommended that you use the detailing clay in a small area first. This way, you can put more attention on each section more carefully, leading to more even removal. Repeat until complete.​

#3. Remove the old wax using detailing clay​



Gently rub the detailing clay from side to side in the moistened area. The clay bar will remove all the contaminants wax off the surface as it glides through the paint. It might resist at first, but this is absolutely acceptable as long as no clay is being left behind. Repeat until complete.​

You can also use clay lubricant in this step to wipe off any remaining clay pieces that stick to the paint. Then, use a soft cloth to remove any remaining clay residue. Lightly touch the car with your fingers. If it feels slippery and smooth, the detailing clay did its job. As the results, your car is now cleaned and clear of old wax.​


Removing all the remaining wax is an important step to effectively and properly applying a new coat of wax for your car. All the steps above are simple and you can learn how to remove wax from car at home.​

If you follow our instruction carefully, you will be able to keep your vehicle looking as good as new. However, you might want to carefully choose the right products to remove your old wax without damaging your paint. Consult a professional if needed.​


Anthony Ebden

He's an auto blogger. He worked as an auto mechanic for more than 5 years and his mission is to provide our readers with the best car maintenance tips, DIY guides and the most updated trends in the automotive industry.

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