How to make your own car wax


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In this guide we will be taking you through how to make your very own, high quality, advanced car wax at home. We will start off with a few safety precautions to be followed, then look at some key ingredients within the blend, equipment and raw materials needed and finally a starting formula that will give you a very nice, usable and extremely effective wax as a starting point!

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Safety First!

This is possibly the most important step, safety is a big aspect of homebrewing and you should take your own safety and others around you, very seriously.

• KEEP AWAY FROM NAKED FLAMES! You should never heat solvents or waxes on gas or any other naked flame heat source, always use electric hobs. Even though you may think you will never spill the volatile liquids the vapour itself once heated can combust if exposed to naked flames.

• Do not smoke near your work or storage areas. Beyond the fire hazards, some volatile liquid vapor can be highly poisonous once burnt, drawing these through your cigarette and into your lungs is not a good idea!

• Always handle hot liquids with caution! In this exercise, you could be heating liquids in excess of 100c, even the slightest of splash from these liquids at this temperature will burn. Use protective gloves and full sleeve tops at the very least.

• Always work in a well-ventilated area, if working indoors ensure that adequate extraction is present, ideally directly above your heating and storage areas. It is also suggested that you have a reliable source of fresh, clean air.

• Never leave heated materials unattended. DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM YOUR BLEND!

• Check your material safety data sheets before carrying out any heating or mixing of any materials. A few key points to look out for are the flash points & boiling points found in section 9.1, stability and reactivity found in section 10, toxicological information found in section 11, however it is advised that you study and understand each section of your MSDS before utilising any new materials in your formulas.

• Keep out of reach of children, you must ensure that your materials are stored in a safe manner. Your MSDS can provide valuable information on how each individual material should be stored but a general rule would be to store in a cool, dry area within their own sealed containers, out of direct sunlight and most definitely out of reach of children.

• Wear the appropriate PPE. Each material will have its own exposure control and personal protection guidelines as set out in section 8 of its MSDS, ensure these are followed. As a rule, gloves, glasses, long sleeve tops and a vapour compliant mask should be worn at all times when heating volatile liquids.

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Key Ingredients

This guide relies on many key ingredients, removing or adjusting the level of these within the blend will have a drastic outcome on the characteristics of the finished product. We highly suggest that you initially stick to the provided formulation to gain a feel for the ingredients and an understanding of the process itself. Once you are comfortable with the process involved in making the wax you could then experiment and change the formulation to gain a totally new and unique blend and we will be here every step of the way to assist you.

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The Formula

Solids/Waxes

Carnauba T1 30g
Beeswax 15g
Paraffin 30g
Microcrystalline 18g
Candellina 13g

Liquids

Link 117g
VOC Free Liquid 240g
Volatile Liquid 18g
Durability Polymer 6g

Fragrance & Dyes

Fragrance Oils 30g
Dyes >2g

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Equipment Needed

For this exercise you will need the following equipment that is not included in our kit

A heat sourceMUST BE ELECTRIC NOT GAS! NO NAKED FLAMES! To warm the ingredients, you will need a heat source, for this you can use a dedicated wax melter or hot plate if you wish to invest money in dedicated equipment. However, a Bain Marie or a simple sauce pan filled with water will suffice and get you started.

Accurate Scales – Possibly the most important piece of equipment. You will be measuring liquids and solids in increments of 1g (sometimes lower on small blends) and the slightest change in weight for some ingredients can drastically change the end results.

Accurate Temperature Probes – Ideally x 2 but you can get by with just one if needed.

Stirring equipment – If you have dedicated equipment the chances are they will have built in stirrers, however if you do not and will be using a simple saucepan setup then you will need some glass stirrers or similar to physically stir the mixtures together.

Containers – you will need x 2 containers for heating. We suggest the use of dedicated glassware that is designed to withstand heat and chemicals, Pyrex glassware as found in kitchens can be utilised here also if desired. Do not use plastic as they do not offer heat or chemical resistance.

Cloths – For wiping and cleaning stirrers and glassware. Do not use your best microfibre products here, raw wax goes very hard when dried and will stick to your cloths very well indeed!

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The Guide


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Finally, enjoy the experience and ensure that you are safety conscious at all times.