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Learn2 Wax a Car (continued)
Step 1: Choose your products

When you wax your car, you're applying a paste or liquid to its surface, letting it dry, and then removing the residue--leaving a hard, protective coating. If the surface has been neglected for a while, you might need to use some additional car care products. Here's a list of the basics, usually available in several different brands and at varying costs:

Rubbing or polishing compounds: These are abrasive pastes or liquids used to remove dull, damaged areas of paint or other material before you polish or wax. Be careful using them--it's a little too easy to rub all the way to bare metal.

Polishes: Although applied like waxes, polishes aren't the same--they make the surface very shiny but don't protect it like a wax does. Using a polish before a wax can give a deeper shine than wax alone. Water spots, small scratches, or other minor surface imperfections can often be removed by polishing gently.

Waxes: Waxes are natural or synthetic, and come in liquid or paste form. They protect the surface and add shine.

Wax/polish combos: Wax/polish combos are generally a little more abrasive than simple wax products. They'll make life easier by cleaning off any old wax on the surface, but aren't really appropriate for application over a separate polish (so if you use a polish, buy a simple wax rather than a combo).

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Introduction
Step 1: Choose your products
Step 2: Apply the polish
Step 3: Remove the residue
Step 4: Apply the wax
Step 5: Buff it all down

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