Keeping Your Car Looking Like New
May 15, 2018
If you own and drive one or more cars and efficiency and appearance are important to you, keep in mind these practical tips:
You should clay your car at least a couple of times a year after thoroughly washing and drying it, and the process will get rid of many of the particles of grit, dirt and other contaminants. Claying means rubbing a small bar of clay gently across the paintwork and chrome, and waxing it afterwards to seal the paintwork.
Waxing should be carried out after claying. Make sure you use only a small amount of wax to prevent leaving clumps, and don’t apply too much pressure when waxing.
The paintwork on your car will really sparkle if you polish it regularly, either with an orbital buffer or by hand. Polishing your car should be done by using a circular motion, making sure you cover the entire vehicle. If you aren’t used to polishing your car, hand polishing rather than using a machine is probably recommended at first.
Wheel and Brake Detailing
Any scratches or dents in the alloy need to be reconditioned before the wheels are detailed. The process of detailing is simple, requiring a bar of clay and lubricant. It isn’t always easy to reach the brakes to detail them, although you can wipe the brake discs with brake cleaner to complete the job.
Although not strictly necessary, if you want your tyres to look as good as the day you bought the car, a little tyre dressing may be on your list too.
Detailing the glass can improve vision and safety, as well as make your car look better. Make sure the glass is dry and the car isn’t in the sun before cleaning the glass, which should be done in a circular motion using a microfiber cloth and cleaning fluid. The mirrors, tail lights and headlights can also be cleaned the same way.