Appearance always is the most critical factor in an attractive vehicle. There’s no doubt that it is also one of the most significant factors of car makers in attracting their consumers to buy their new cars. Both manufacturers and consumers, concern on the mirror-gleam of car’s paint as the most significant part of the looks. That's why many auto enthusiasts will happily give up their bright morning to spend time with their car in the driveway washing, rinsing, and of course polishing. For real, are those things enough to protect your ride’s paint? Sadly, we must give you a “NO” answer to that question. If you really love your shiny car and want to keep it look like a brand new one all the time, you should follow this tutorial that is telling you how to protect car’s paint. Find out anything you need to and not to do to protect your car’s paint in the following steps:
1. Washing or waxing?
The first step, identify which model year your car belongs to. If yours is one of the vehicles which are built within the last 20 years or so, it means a factory clear-coat application protects your car's paint. In this case, waxing is not a necessity. One of the advantages of wax is to prevent corrosive and toxic-to-paint materials from sticking to and embedding themselves into the surface of car’s paint. Besides that, of course, there is an aesthetic value of keeping your car in a showroom shine condition. A proper wax application is beneficial to make a car wash a very quick and cursory rinse affair.
Basically, waxes come in three forms; those are a paste, liquid, and spray. The spray form doesn't last as long as the other two types, and it may require almost weekly applications. It is best left for newer cars without any paints oxidization. If you want to get a longer shine effect, you can opt one of paste and liquid wax treatment. However, they don’t last forever because the shine and protection effect will lose after five or six weeks. It is a bit disappointing, but it is true that there’s no permanent paint treatment. Remember to keep waxes away from any non-painted rubber or plastic components of your car’s exterior, no matter what form of wax you use. Are you wondering why you should do this? Because waxes often contain distilled oil compounds that will quickly degrade any rubber parts, such as the wiper blades and seals. The components of waxes can also be abrasive as is the rubbing required to apply and polish them. Therefore, it is essential to start with a perfectly clean and freshly-washed surface. It means that you should wash the car in advance if you plan to apply wax to the paint.
2. How to clean the car like the pros
If you go to a local part store to buy some auto wax and treatment, probably you are confused by many selections on the shelves you can choose. Perhaps you are confused between favorite brands options and some less familiar names. Based on Consumer Reports, there are three recommended particular brands you can choose from Meguiars, Mothers, and Turtle. Although you are selecting one of the recognized brands, still you need to be careful of your decisions. Specifically, you should stay away from anything with a ‘polish’ word in its name. Polishes or cutting compounds of waxes have a substantial amount of abrasives. They are usually designed to remove layers of heavily oxidized or faded paint and unless handled by an experienced detailer. If you apply some of those brands with the ‘polish’ word, it may lead to swirl marks and even scratches on your car’s paint.
Besides avoiding something with ‘polish’ word on its name, it is also recommended to avoid treatments that bill themselves as ‘wax cleaners’ or such a ‘cleaning waxes’ thing on it. For real, no good wax treatment can do both clean and protect effectively. Therefore, don’t be trapped with that advertisement.
The Consumer Reports also said that they found paste wax is easier to apply than liquids, and of course, with the paste form, it is a bit harder to get the wax on plastics and rubber you want to stay away from. Furthermore, Consumer Reports also recommend us to avoid tinted waxes because they never match and just leave your car looking like it is wearing a poorly fitted toupee. Don’t forget to pick up a bundle of new microfibre towels. We don’t recommend you to use an old t-shirt that leaves some threads behind so you’ll be troubled when removing it from the paint.
Recently, there is one of the newer paint treatments on the markets today that hails itself as ceramic or such a polymer coating. There are a few credible tests and some lab reports about it which are available, but the theory behind it deserves to get some consideration. These treatments have a stronger bond to the car’s paint than the traditional waxes. That’s why these procedures are leading to longer useful lifespans of about six months or even more depending on environmental and weather conditions. Some users agree to say that although they don’t necessarily provide the same level of the brand new car as a good wax, still they do a much better job of keeping any possible thing from sticking to the paint. It means you can clean it much easier than without applying it.