Keeping your car clean is work that demands time, but if you do it regularly, the results will be worth it. A car needs maintenance every now and then, to keep its engine parts in optimal condition and the vehicle looking presentable. Cleaning your car does not only have to do with the way it looks but will extend the life and longevity of its other parts, and a good-looking car will help keep your vehicle’s value up. If your car is not cleaned properly and regularly, it will slowly fade in vibrancy, and there are risks of permanent damage like rust to the car’s exterior. There are many DIY tips for car-cleaning sessions that have proven to be quite use- ful. Have a look at some of these handy suggestions. 1. Make Your Car Look Shiny A car’s detailing is what protects it from other elements. Your car’s interior and exterior will be subjected to discoloration, cracking and peeling when you don’t clean it regularly. A weekly wash is recommended to keep off the pollen in the clear coat. A monthly wash and wax will make sure your car is covered with a shiny shield. You can use a hair conditioner to give the car a proper shine. There are cleaning products in the market for this purpose, but a hair conditioner will do the same job. To give your car a fresh and waxed look, use a hair conditioner with lanolin in it. It will help the car’s surface to repel rain.
2. Prep Your Car for Polishing A lot of people either overlook this step or think of polishing as a tiring and hectic task, when it is not that complicated if you have all the equipment at home. Polishing is used for removing any scratches and dirt on the car’s surface. Before polishing, tape off all the key areas of your car, cover the glass with newspaper and wrap the exhaust tips in plastic. Make sure there is no grit or contami- nant on your car, or the polishing process will not be as effective. A semi-permanent paint sealant can help you avoid any scratching on your car’s surface.
3. Polish Your Car Effectively Be careful and not apply too much pressure while polishing or it will leave marks on the car. In the polishing process, the car is first washed, and when it is almost dry, an even coat of compound is applied to the surface with an orbital disc. The key to achieving excellent results is to apply the polish with slow movements and even pres- sure. An aggressive approach will neither make the process faster or better. In fact, it will only hurt your car. Do the polishing panel by panel. It is important that the car and polisher have a slight amount of water, so the paint is protected. After polishing the car, rinse it off, put on a coat of wax and your car will be ready! Occasionally rinse your polish disk because some- times dirt and debris can accumu- late on the pad. Polishing is not something you need to do often, because if done in excess, your car’s clear-coat will be damaged.
Six Weird Tips for Cleaning Your Car
By Anthony Henson
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