Not only a form of transport, cars are a reflection of our status and style too, which can leave a long lasting impression on friends, colleagues, family members and passers-by. Therefore, it is little wonder why so many people take the time to clean their pride and joy’s paint work on a regular basis.
But what else can you do to maintain your vehicle’s look and finish? Here with some top tips and tricks is Car Colour Services, a body and paint work specialist.
Use the right products
Despite your best intentions, you could be doing more harm than good by using household cleaning products when washing your car. These substances can damage your vehicle’s finish and even strip away its protective wax coating. Therefore, you should only use car-specific cleaning products.
Use the right materials
Another sure-fire way of damaging your car’s paint work is by using coarse sponges or cloths, which can cause deep scratches that are difficult to remove without the help of a professional. So, only use a soft-bristled brush or microfiber towel.
Dry your car
To prevent water spots from forming on the surface, you should thoroughly dry your car as soon as you have finished washing it. Again, use a microfiber towel to absorb and draw in the water but try not to drag it across the car, as this could trap debris and scratch the paint work.
Detail your car
Once completely dry, you can detail your car with a variety of different products. Clay bars can lift away dirt and help smooth the surface, a compound or glaze will remove swirl marks and contaminants, while a polish really brings out the paint’s colour.
Wax your car
Along with maintaining a shiny look for years to come, the process of waxing also adds an addition layer of protection to your car’s paintwork. However, you should be cautious when using a buffer to wax your car, as overuse can lead to paint removal. You only need to wax your car every three months or so as well.
Don’t forget about the trim
Although not strictly paintwork, your car’s exterior trim such as the bumpers and door mirrors may also need touching up if the colour has faded. The easiest way to restore black plastic is by adding a dressing or dye using the same technique as waxing.