Which Wax to Use on your Ford Truck

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Your Ford truck has started to lose some of its shine and you can’t decide which one of the plethora of products on the parts store’s chemical wall to buy. Listed below are the various types of wax products available to help you revive that shine, and what each is good for.

Spray Waxes

A spray wax is great to use of a newer car or newer paint job to bring that high luster back, quickly. You can wax most cars with spray wax in about ten to fifteen minutes and not have to worry about getting the wax on plastic or rubber trim pieces.

Paste Waxes

We all know paste waxes. Clunky and slightly harder to use, this is the old mainstay of most people’s garages. A coat of paste wax is going to give the best protection against the environment of the various types of waxes, but it will also take the longest to apply to your Ford truck. This type of wax is better for the older Ford truck because it leaves a thicker coat behind. One drawback with a paste wax is that you have to be very careful to not get it on rubber and plastic trim parts because it leaves a milky haze that is hard to remove.

Liquid Waxes

Liquid waxes are for those times when your Ford truck is dirtier than it is dull and not shiny. That’s because a liquid wax will accomplish cleaning and wax application in the same step. Of course, if your car is covered with mud, slime and slush, you’ll need to completely wash it before applying any type of wax. Liquid type waxes are another one of those “quickie” wax job products for when you’re in a hurry to shine your car and don’t have time for a full wash and wax process.

Synthetic Waxes

Many synthetic waxes are somewhat multi-purpose. This means that they will work for quick touchups as well as monthly full details. One of the best features of synthetic waxes is they provide excellent protection while not leaving that unsightly haze on the plastic and rubber trim that paste waxes are infamous for.


All of these types of wax products are available from Turtle Wax and Meguiar’s. Turtle Wax is a much older brand, but Meguiar’s has become the hands down favorite among car aficionados and collectors. Mother’s has been quite popular in the past as a metal polish; but they have recently branched out and produced a very good paint and body detail product line.

No matter what type of wax product you apply to your Ford truck, it’s important to remember to not do it in direct sunlight or when it’s hotter than 90 or colder than 65 out. Excess heat during wax application can degrade the wax, making it less effective. Too cold during application, and you won’t leave any on the paint to protect it. Also, unless your Ford truck is relatively clean, you’ll need to completely wash and dry it before applying any wax products to ensure that you don’t scratch the clearcoat applying the wax over dirt and grit particles.

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