Spit shining is an old technique used by shoe-polishers to get amazing results. This technique can also be used with applying wax on cars. The technique needs some practice to master properly, but can give amazing results.

Spit shining

Normally, if you want to apply multiple layers of a protective product it is necessary to wait 12-24hrs between each coat. However, it is possible to apply two layers of a carnauba paste wax in one go by using the technique of spit shining. This is the generic technique I use for spit-shining:

  • Apply the wax as normal to the first panel then spray with a little QD spray to wet the surface. Do not buff.
  • Repeat for three more panels (we generally call the roof two panels, so roof, bonnet, front wing to start for example)
  • Go back to your first panel and apply a second layer of wax and work until the QD beads dissappear and you are left with a residue as you would have normally. You can buff the panel first if you like, QD then re-wax but I just re-wax over the original layer.
  • Repeat this on the other panels.
  • Buff off residues.
  • Repeat over whole car.

Spit shine is used to enhance the reflectivity and durability from a carnauba wax and has been known to produce awesome results.

Vinnie van Rooij

Vinnie started the DetailingWiki Project in december 2015, and his quest is still going strong. Hoping to create a solid and informative center of information for anybody who is into detailing.

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