Caring for your car can sometimes be time consuming, and takes a lot of patience to be dealt with. Proper caring for your car would not only prolong its life, but also maintains its value when you are thinking of taking it for trade in or for re-selling. You don't have to spend a fortune to be able to keep your car's brand new look, all you have to do is follow these few simple steps:
- Wash your car under a shaded, covered area. Direct sunlight might cause extra damage to your car's finish. Make sure your car is properly watered down, as this helps remove all the residues that clung to your car. You can also use warm water to ensure that particles are removed from the surface of your car.
- Use prescribed car cleaners. Do away with dishwashing liquids or clothing detergents as they have substances that might not be compatible to use on your car's paint job. Make sure that you never let the cleaning solution dry, to ensure that chemical particles won't stick to your car. So when you are washing your car under direct sunlight, make sure to water the car down every once in a while. After cleaning, dry your car with materials such as terry cloth, lint free cloth or micro fiber towel. You want to use the softest materials possible so as not to create further damage if you use a course material that would cause scratches on your precious car.
- Use WD-40, orbital buffer, denatured alcohol, or other similar products to remove stubborn dirt such as tar or tree sap. After making sure that your car is completely dry, especially the damaged area, apply the following products, whatever you would prefer to remove stubborn dirt. Apply it with a terry cloth, in a smooth, circular motion without applying too much pressure to ensure your car's paint job remains in tact. Once you are done removing the dirt, wipe away the residue from the solution, and if necessary, wash that portion again and dry it off properly.
- Wax and polish your car for a smooth finish. You can choose from using Carnauba Wax, but experts say that this doesn't last that long, only for about thirty to sixty days, as it melts easily when exposed to extreme heat, though it does give your car that wet, super shiny look. Another option would be using a synthetic polisher, preferably with Teflon and Polymer substance, as it lasts way longer than the Carnauba wax. You might actually just have to polish your car minimum as twice every year if you will be using synthetic polisher. When waxing and polishing, use the foam or cloth provided with the product. Remember to use circular motion, concentrating on one area first before proceeding to another. Wait for the wax to dry up a bit, and then use a clean cloth to buff the treated area. You can apply up to two to three coats for maximum protection.
Make sure that you follow the instructions outline with whatever product you will be using. Also, you can check your car manual for recommended cleaning and waxing products from the manufacturer. Not only were you able to squeeze in a bit of exercise for yourself, you were also able to ensure that your car is in tip-top shape.