I figured I would put together a how-to about waxing your guitar. I guess a lot of people dont need me telling them how to do this, but there was a time when I had to look it up and learn the right way.
Start with carnauba wax. Dunlop sells a tiny bottle of it, I prefer to save money and buy car wax. The ingredients dont change if you just go with the pure stuff. I picked this up for about $10. other brands will work too, I chose this because it has no additives, and because the brand is well-known to car guys.
you will need a micro fiber towel or pad. I like the pads because they fit nicely inside the can of wax!
one pad to apply, one pad to remove.
I always rub in a circular pattern, and try my best to keep it off of the hardware. It will polish chrome nicely though.
with a clean pad or towel, buff out the haze to a nice sheen. pictures do it no justice, but the feel of a freshly waxed finish under your fingers is a pleasure to experience. and the wax keeps fingerprints from sticking to the finish.
I do this with each string change, and apply 2 coats to a customers guitar when doing a service. Best to do it with the strings removed. Works great on finished necks, and headstocks too.
I use Meguiar's on my painted guitars (because that's what i use on my cars), but essentially the same thing. And Meguiar's stuff smells awesome.