Wouldn’t it be great if your car’s paint job looked as fresh as the day you bought it? Well, there are steps you can take to ensure your car stays looking shiny and new despite the threat of time, weather, environment and the elements. From sun to road debris, so many things threaten the sanctity of your car’s paint job. Check out how you can combat these effects.
Good Old Fashioned Hand Washing
You don’t always need a fancy detail job to make your car shine again. Regular hand washing will get the job done just fine. However, you’ll need to use the right car washing solution — not dish soap like 60% of the population resorts to. While it will certainly clean your car of dirt, it will also strip your car of protective wax coatings, exposing the vehicle to nicks and stains, says Popular Mechanics. By using a safe solution that’s specifically designed for vehicle washes, you’re doing your part to preserve your car’s finish.
Another benefit of washing your car by hand is that you can get familiar with the contours and unique features of your vehicle, giving you the ability to notice changes or any kind of damage the next time you wash your car.
Going Beyond a Wash
While hand washing is a great first step, it’s often not enough to get off the stubborn bird droppings, sap and tar that can cling to your paint job. Over time, these can settle into the paint and saturate through wax coatings into the color below. You can use paint cleaners to get off unwanted environmental effects that have become bonded to the paint, as well as small scratches, known as swirl marks. Alternatively, you could rub paint cleaning clay with liquid cleaner wax as a lubricant to remove contaminants from your car’s surface.
Restore the Shine
Try an oscillating buffer to get that shine you’ve been looking to restore, but only attempt this if you are a serious DIY’er. In most cases, we recommend you get a pro to do this, as one wrong move can damage your car’s paint job. Now it’s time to give your car a coat of wax, which is what will make it look shiny. Wax is great for absorbing small stains and scratches, but it will need to be repeated every few months. A good rule of thumb for cars that spend their day outdoors all year is to repeat a waxing every season. Whether you prefer a paste wax or a liquid wax, the effect is the same. Two coats is fine; any more than that is overkill.
Clean the Glass
This is the last step so as to get off the dirt accumulated from the other steps. Use a glass cleaner sans ammonia, which means you should forgo the use of those typical household window cleaners and pick up a special glass cleaner at the auto store. That’s because ammonia can damage vinyl upholstery and the instrument panel. Use a microfiber cloth rather than paper towels so no dust is left behind.
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