Sealant and Wax Step by Step on Ferrari F430 - DRIVE CLEAN

Uploaded by drive on 30.06.2012


I have a very simple question for you.
What's better than one exotic car?
How about a fleet of 30 of them?
Today, I'm here at Gotham Dream Cars, and they are the
premiere exotic car rental group in New York, New Jersey,
Connecticut, and even down to Miami.
Now the one thing you can be sure of is, when you pick your
car up, it's going to look spectacular.
And the reason why is they're constantly cleaning and
protecting their cars.
So I figured, what better place to come down and talk
about all the tips and tricks on how to wax your car.
That's all coming up today on this episode of Drive Clean.
Wax is a bit of a generic term, but when we're talking
about cars, it really boils down to two types.
Now the most common form of wax is, of
course, carnauba wax.
It comes in paste or liquid form.
It's very easy to apply, easy to remove.
It leaves a deep rich, almost wet-looking paint.
Now the problem is it burns off at about 100 degrees
Fahrenheit, and it doesn't really last all that long,
about four to eight weeks.
But if you want to use it for a show car, this is what you
want to use right here.
Now the difference here is, this is synthetic sealant.
This is much stronger.
It's a little bit harder to apply, a little bit harder to
remove, but it lasts a whole lot longer.
Unlike this one here that lasts about four to eight
weeks, under the best conditions, this will last
about three to five months.
So you have to decide what you are.
Are you a synthetic guy or are you a carnauba guy?
If you're going to be driving your car in Maine, let's say,
and you need a lot of protection,
I'd go with the sealant.
Now if you have a sexy car like this, and you're about to
go to a show, I'd probably use carnauba wax.
Again, this is going to look a lot nicer, a lot
richer deeper glow.
And this one's not going to have as much of a glow, but
it's going to protect your car.
So you decide what you need.
Before I begin the wax process, I always double check
the paint to make sure it's perfectly clean and free of
missed streaks of dirt left over from the wash.
Now as I'm doing this, I take a quick inventory of the
badges, the emblems, the door seams, hood seams, and of
course, the rubber moldings that need to be avoided.
In some cases, on rare and very old cars, I'll protect
the moldings with masking tape for the wax application
process, just to avoid any mistakes.
Remember, sealants in waxes can be applied to paint,
plastic, or glass light covers and, of course, painted
plastic or AKA bumpers found on most modern cars today.
Now the interesting thing is wax and sealants are not only
different in strength, look, burn off rates, and ease of
application, they are derived and engineered in completely
different ways.
Sealants and waxes are sort of like the relationship between
conventional motor oils and synthetic motor oils.
But to me, sealants lack that natural glow,
that deep, rich shine.
But I love the fact that they're
engineered to be way stronger.
Having to choose between protection and shine is
completely unacceptable to me.
I want both.
So what I do is I use my layering technique.
The first thing I do is add a thick layer of sealant to the
car, one panel at a time, then remove it with a microfiber
towel until the entire car is completed.
After that, you want to let it cure overnight.
Before the next show, what you want to do is add a thin layer
of carnauba wax on top of the sealant.
This will give you the protection and the shine that
every car is looking for.
So the first thing you want to do is add a dime sized amount
of sealant to a foam applicator
pad, just like this.
What I like to do is work about half the area of the
hood at first.
You want to use straight lines back and forth.
No circles.
The reason why we do that is just in case any little bit of
dust or dirt gets into that foam pad, you don't want to
put circle scratches.
It's 10 times harder to get out than
straight line scratches.
When applying sealant, be sure to massage the product into
the pores of the paint, using medium to light pressure.
Both waxes and sealants can be applied by hand
or dual action polisher.
I prefer to use my hand because I can feel any
imperfections in the paint that might be left over from
earlier cleanings.
The way I see it, detailing isn't so much about what
product you use.
It's about using the product you have or like correctly.
Then, of course, double and triple checking your work.
To maximize that shine, let the sealant cure overnight.
But before you go to the next event, add a little bit of
carnauba wax, just a thin layer, just like this, to the
surface of the sealant.
So you're putting this on top of the sealant.
What that's going to do is add a rich deep glow to the paint.
Now you don't have to compromise.
You have your protection, and now you have your shine.
Applying wax is much like applying sealant.
Just use less pressure, as this product only needs to sit
on top of the sealant.
All right, so the last thing I like to do is to check over
the paint to see if there's anything I missed.
It's very common to miss a tiny little piece of wax, and
it's very easy to get off.
What I use my Brinkmann light, just like this.
What happens is the missed spot will just pop out at me,
so I can clean it up.
So I see one right here.
Take a little spray wax.
Put it on there.
It'll loosen up that hardened wax, just like this.
Boom, nice and clean.
Now these little areas in here, I use my soft brush.
I'll take my spray wax, put a little bit in there, rub it on
my knee real quick.
And then I'll get in and just agitate a little bit of that
dried wax, and it comes right out.
Now that it's out, I'll take my microfiber towel, just
lightly pat it.
And now those emblems look perfect.
There's no dried wax there.
Make sure you walk around the car.
Do that.
It'll take you about five, ten minutes, and the car will look
absolutely perfect.
To me, there's nothing more annoying than seeing a ring of
white, dried-up wax left in the door
handle or the keyhole.
It's kind of like wearing a $1,000 tuxedo with a huge
ketchup stain.
What's the first thing people are going to see and remember?
The ketchup, not the suit.
Well, we're all set.
This car looks spectacular.
The combination of paint sealant with carnauba wax on
top has really made this car pop.
It's the ultimate protection and shine every car needs.
For a downloadable PDF and step by step instructions on
how to properly wax your car, visit
Well that's it for me.
I'm Larry from Drive Clean, and you've been watching the
Drive Channel.