Can I Use Wax On My Gloss Speakers?
I know that a lot of enthusiasts shy away from gloss finish speakers. They are typically more expensive, don’t hide minor imperfections or scratches well, and show every dust speck! But despite all of that, when done correctly, gloss speakers look great in almost any home theater. But is there anything you can do to keep them looking factory fresh? Can you use wax on your gloss speakers? Spoiler Alert – you can!!!
Understanding Gloss Finishes
Gloss finishes are usually more expensive than their veneer or vinyl-wrapped cousins. Typically, gloss speakers undergo several processes before paint and finish to ensure a smooth and blemish-free shine.
But the gloss finish of your speakers is a lot like the clear coat on your car. This finish is why you can potentially use wax on your speakers with a high gloss finish. But like anything, you must proceed with patience and play it safe. Remember, less is more.
What You Will Need
First on the list is a good wax. I suggest that you look for a liquid wax. The liquid stuff is easier to apply and, in my experience, remove. I used Auto Glym’s Super Resin Polish. But Rob H from AV Rant recommends Cory Super High Gloss Piano Finish. Either will get the job done, but I would go with Rob’s suggestion because Cory’s is made for use on pianos. I had the Auto Glym on hand so I used that.
Secondly, you need something to apply and remove the wax. For example, I use Chemical Guys microfibre car detailing cloths. I bought a pack of 12 for about $25 (the provided Amazon link is 3 for $6), and they are perfect for applying and removing wax. But you can just as easily use a towel. Just make sure it’s soft and won’t scratch the surface.
Lastly, I suggest you get some painter’s tape if you have any plastic trim. The tape will allow you to mask areas you don’t want to get wax on. I always use Frog Tape. Sure it’s more expensive than a generic masking tape, but it is low tact and won’t leave any residue.
The Using Wax On Gloss Speakers
Ok, so this is not overly complicated. First, dust your speakers to remove any surface grime and give them a good cleaning. The wax protects your speakers, so you don’t want to trap dirt under that layer of wax. I use a microfibre cloth to dust and then another with a bit of water to clean.
Mask off the trim or areas on which you don’t want to spread the wax.
Apply the wax to the gloss finish areas on the speakers as per the instructions and let it dry onto the speaker. Try not to use a lot of pressure when applying the product. A light touch will ensure you don’t leave marks on the clear coat. And remember – less is more! The less you use, the easier it will be to remove later.
Remove the wax. Do not use a circular motion – that is how you get swirl marks. Instead, follow the speaker’s lines and flip the towel constantly so you use a clean surface that’s not clogged with dried wax. If you want to add a second coat, repeat the process.
Lastly, use a clean towel and buff the surface following the speaker’s lines. This process should bring a nice deep gloss finish and show off your speaker’s finish.
Remove the tape, and that’s it! I wasn’t lying when I said it was easy. I did all my speakers in about 20 minutes while listening to music.
If you have done this correctly, you couldn’t have to rewax your speakers constantly. Your gloss speakers are not exposed (hopefully) to the elements, so the wax does not degrade the same way it does on your vehicle. Instead, clean your speakers with a clean towel to remove the dust, then buff them back up.
A Word of Caution For Waxing A Gloss Speaker
Some speaker manufacturers like SVS recommend using automotive wax to care for the gloss finish. Others might have different recommendations. It is best to check with your manufacturer and ensure you don’t void your warranty.
I feel my speakers are a long-term investment, and I want them to look good. This process was a small investment of time and materials to ensure my gloss speakers are protected, easier to clean, and remain great-looking.
What about you? Have you ever tried to wax your gloss speakers? What was your experience? Tell us in the comment below.