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You just bought a brand-new car from the dealership and want to keep it looking that way. Or maybe, you had the detail shop give your car the works, and now you’re looking for ways to preserve that glossy, showroom look.
Cars are expensive and difficult to replace, so it’s important to perform the proper, day-to-day maintenance to protect your hard-earned investment. Taking care of your car’s appearance is about more than just aesthetics; washing, waxing and polishing your car regularly prevents dry rot, oxidation and more severe damage down the line.
So, how do you maintain that smooth, cloud-reflecting finish? Here are 5 car detailing tips to help your car stay beautiful while keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape!
One of the most important ways to help your vehicle last is making sure you use all the right products and tools. It's always a good idea to store a detailing kit in your trunk or garage, so you’ve got everything you need to keep your car looking shiny and new, all in one place. We recommend putting together a basic detailing kit that includes the following items to make sure you’ve covered all your bases:
Although it may be easier to take a trip through the car wash, washing your car at home usually results in a higher-quality finish. Handwashing your vehicle also allows you to devote the extra attention and care needed to remove difficult stains and soils completely without damaging your delicate paintwork.
As you rinse off your car, pay attention to how the water runs off your finish. If the water beads up and slides off your clear coat easily, then your vehicle still has plenty of protection and just needs a quick touch up with a spray wax or coating. If the water refuses to budge from the surface of your car, then it’s time to apply a fresh layer of wax to prevent scratches and swirls.
To maintain a flawless finish, use a clean, microfiber towel to pat your car dry. This will prevent streaks or water spots from forming on your freshly washed paintwork.
After washing and drying your car, take a closer look at your exterior panels to check for any new scratches, swirls or oxidation. If any patches of paint on your car look chalky or faded, then your paintwork has begun to oxidize. You’ll need to use car polish and a cutting pad to smooth these scratches and swirls and return your vehicle to a factory fresh look.
It’s important to spot test new waxes and polishes before using them all over your paintwork. This safety measure prevents unfortunate mishaps from using products that aren’t compatible with your finish, which can damage your vehicle.
To perform a spot test, apply a small amount of product to a small, inconspicuous area, such as your front bumpers or a underneath your door panels. If you don’t get the results you want, switch to a different product or pad until your desired effect.
Once you finished detailing your car, it’s important to rinse off any tools you used to wash, wax and restore your vehicle to avoid scratching your finish or contaminating your car with chemicals that aren’t safe for your delicate paintwork.
Wash any used microfiber towels in the laundry machine with detergent only, then set them to tumble dry. Rinse off any used applicators, scrubbing pads and detailing brushes with a garden hose until any excess product and soils have been removed, then hang them to dry.
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