Klasse is my personal favorite traditional car wax product and what I use on my own cars to produce the deepest, darkest, wet-look shine possible. I like it for its ease-of-use, superior protection and amazing final finish. If you already use Klasse car wax products, or intend to use them, this guide was created just for you.
Klasse car wax products are a critical component necessary to maintain beautiful, show car quality paint. How you prepare, polish and wipe your paint are equally important. In fact, most experts will tell you that the tools and process account for more than the chemicals (e.g., polish and wax) when it comes to the final results.
Since 1986, I have used and tested Klasse products in every imaginable combination and with a huge selection of polishes, applicators, towels, buffing pads, bonnets, drying towels and more.
What you’ll find here are my personal notes about what works with Klasse and what does not. My recommendations come from experience and will make your Klasse experience better.
What is Klasse?
Klasse is a synthetic car wax (paint sealant) and the original two-step paint care system. The first formulation was released in 1969. It was a breakthrough polyethylene based carnauba wax replacement system.
Through the years, Klasse has evolved with many improvements. The first major change came in 1986, when Klasse was modified from its original formula to use the latest polyethylene compound technology.
Between 1991 and 1996, the chemists made incremental improvements to improve durability by more than 30% and U.V. protection by 100%.
There are two products in the Klasse system. Klasse All-In-One is a combination cleaner and sealant in one, whereas Klasse Sealant Glaze is a pure sealant (no cleaning or polishing properties).
Klasse All-In-One is intended to be used as a seasonal cleaner-wax, and as a pre-step to using Klasse Sealant Glaze. If your paint is in new or like-new condition, Klasse All-In-One will help you keep it that way.
Klasse Sealant Glaze provides additional sealant protection and a deeper, high gloss finish. As a pure sealant, multiple coats of Klasse Sealant Glaze can be applied to improve the final finish.
The first step in any car detailing program is a thorough washing. Wash your car with your favorite car washing soap or with Dawn dish washing liquid. I don’t recommend Dawn as a regular wash soap, but it works well prior to waxing.
After a thorough washing, inspect your paint for contamination, scratches, swirl marks and other defects. If you find these paint problems, now is the time to correct them.
If you wash regularly and garage your car, applying Klasse All-In-One (AIO) twice a year is normally sufficient to maintain good paint health. Klasse AIO’s cleaning ability is mostly chemical, not abrasive. The polishing ability of Klasse AIO is very slight, but it will remove fine swirl marks, stains and moderate oxidation.
Rather than rub your arm off trying to clean your paint perfectly with Klasse AIO, I suggest starting with detailing clay bar. A good claybar will safely and effectively remove all surface contamination with ease.
See my Clay Bar Detailing page for more information about how to properly clean your car using detailing clay.
After you have cleaned the surface of your paint with a clay bar, inspect closely for paint defects. As stated, Klasse All-In-One will polish away light swirl marks and slight scuffs, but it can’t remove scratches or heavy swirl marks.
For these conditions, polish first with Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound or another polish designed for defect removal. You can apply Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound by hand or machine, but it works best when applied with a dual-action polisher, like the Porter Cable 7424XP.
After your paint is clean and the heavy defects are gone, you can polish with Klasse All-In-One. This will restore an amazing shine.
Proper Application of Klasse All-In-One
Proper Klasse application requires a proper applicator. Ask any Klasse-phile and they will tell you “thinner is better”.
Klasse All-In-One is not very particular about application, but Klasse Sealant Glaze must be applied as a very thin coating or it will be difficult to remove. More about that later.
For Klasse AIO hand application, I use a microfiber applicator. Foam works okay, too, but the microfiber seems to offer a little more punch for removing fine swirl marks and water spots. It really brings up the shine.
Work on a single panel at a time. I recommend applying a dime size dab of Klasse All-In-One to your applicator and work it in well. Polish until the film is nearly gone.
Allow Klasse All-In-One to haze for just a moment and buff off with a microfiber buffing towel. If your paint finish is not as highly polished as you’d like, you can apply Klasse All-In-One again to remove more swirls and improve the level of gloss.
After polishing with Klasse All-In-One, give your car’s paint a quick wipe down with a quality detail spray. This will remove any remaining polish residue and it makes the Klasse Sealant Glaze application much easier.
Proper Application of Klasse Sealant Glaze
Klasse Sealant Glaze is very finicky about proper application. The reason is simply that the product is as strong as iron. If you apply it heavily, like you would apply a paste wax, it will be very difficult to wipe off.
So, I repeat, Klasse Sealant Glaze must be applied as a very thin coating or it will be difficult to remove.
The proper film application thickness for Klasse Sealant Glaze is “whisper thin”. There should be very little Klasse Sealant Glaze film to remove when it is properly applied.
For Klasse Sealant Glaze I only recommend a microfiber applicator. Microfiber evenly distributes just the right amount of Klasse Sealant Glaze.
Before starting, moisten your applicator with a small amount of detail spray. One or two sprays is plenty. The quick detailer will assist with thin application of Sealant Glaze.
Apply Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze to your entire car. Do not wipe off until it is dry. I recommend applying no more than a dime size dab to your applicator at a time. Work it in well. Remember, rub the Klasse Sealant Glaze in until only a whisper of film remains.
Allow the Klasse Sealant Glaze film to dry for about 30 minutes. In most cases, once you are finished applying Sealant Glaze, you can begin buffing off where you started your application. Allowing the Sealant Glaze to dry longer will not make it easier or more difficult to buff off. For best results, buff off Klasse Sealant Glaze with a microfiber buffing towel.
Tip: If you do apply your Klasse Sealant Glaze to heavily, use a light spray of your quick detailing spray to assist with removal.
Applying Klasse With a Dual-Action Car Polisher
If you have a car polisher, you’re in luck! Using a dual-action car polisher, such as the Porter Cable 7424XP, you can easily polish with Klasse All-In-One and finish with Klasse Sealant Glaze and not break a sweat.
The benefits of machine application are many, but include easier application and a better final finish. When applied by machine, Klasse All-In-One will remove fine swirl marks, light water spots, scuff marks and more.
Machine application of Klasse All-In-One creates a highly polished finish. I recommend using a 6.5″ foam polishing pad. Meguiar’s Soft Buff Foam Polishing Pad works exceptionally well with AIO.
If you have more than moderate swirl marks and water spots, you will need a polish with a bit more bite than Klasse All-In-One. I recommend Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound most of all because it’s easy to use and it’s not overly abrasive.
If you have heavy swirl marks or a noticeably dull, oxidized finish, use a Meguiar’s Soft Buff Foam Cutting Pad with the Ultimate Compound to cut through the damage.
You’ll need to make a second pass using the Meguiar’s Soft Buff Foam Polishing Pad. Two passes is normally all that’s needed to remove fine surface defects.
Maintaining the Klasse Shine & Protection
Years ago I created a product called Sonus Acrylic Spritz. It was a nice detailing spray that contained a small amount of Klasse Sealant Glaze. I got the idea after playing around with mixing Klasse Sealant Glaze with Meguiar’s Quik Detailer Mist & Wipe. It works great!
It got to the point where I was adding as much as 20% Klasse Sealant Glaze to my detailing spray to make a killer spray wax. It was so good and so fast that I could wax my whole car after washing in less than 10 minutes. I released the amped up version as Sonus Acrylic Glanz.
You can make your own Sonus Acrylic Spritz quick detailer and Sonus Acrylic Glanz spray wax (e.g., “Klasse Boosted Quick Detailer & Spray Wax”) yourself. It’s quick and easy. You’ll need a small funnel and measuring cups and spoons from the kitchen (don’t worry, Klasse is water soluble and cleans up with soap and water).
Tip: To make your Klasse Detailing Spray, add one tablespoon of Klasse Sealant Glaze for every 8 oz. of Meguiar’s Quik Detailer. Shake well for 30 seconds. Use as you would any other detailing spray.
To make your Klasse Spray Wax, add 1/4 cup of Klasse Sealant Glaze for every 8 oz. of Meguiar’s Quik Detailer. Shake well for 30 seconds. Be sure to pour off the same amount of Quik Detailer before adding the Klasse or you may overflow the bottle. Apply to a clean vehicle using a microfiber towel (spray the towel, not the car!).
Using my Klasse Spray Wax formula weekly, I have been able to extend my Klasse shine and protection up to a full year. It’s so easy!
Klasse User’s Guide Summary
To sum up, the proper steps for a complete Klasse detail are as follows:
- Wash to remove dirt and road grime.
- Clay to remove bonded contamination.
- Polish with Klasse All-In-One to restore full paint gloss.
- Seal with one or two coats of Klasse Sealant Glaze to protect.
- Maintain the high gloss with your home made Klasse Spray Wax.