Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by SogouAuto
One of the most basic ways to clean your car’s paint surface is by washing it. This can be done with a hose, sponge, and soap designed specifically for automobiles. It is important not to use a dish soap or laundry detergent as these can strip away the wax protection from your paint. When washing your car, start from the top and work your way down. rinse the sponge or cloth in between each stroke to avoid scratching the paint. Waxing
After you have washed and dried your car, you may want to consider applying a coat of wax. Wax creates a barrier between the elements and your paint surface, which can protect it from scratches, UV rays, and more. There are two types of waxes available on the market: Carnauba wax and synthetic polymer wax. Carnauba wax is made from Brazilian palm leaves and is considered to be one of the best options for protecting your paint. Synthetic polymer waxes are man-made and are less expensive than Carnauba waxes. Both types of waxes come in liquid or paste form and can be applied by hand or with a machine. There are also spray-on options available but these are not as effective as traditional waxes. Polishing
Polishing helps to create a shine on your car’s paint surface and can also remove minor scratches or swirl marks. There are two types of polishes available: rubbing and rubbing/buffing compounds. Rubbing compounds contain abrasives that remove a thin layer of clearcoat along with any imperfections on the surface of your car’s paint. Rubbing/buffing compounds are less abrasive and will not remove as much clearcoat. They are better suited for light imperfections such as swirl marks or light scratches. Polishes come in liquid or paste form and can be applied by hand or with a machine buffer. Be sure to follow the directions on the product label carefully to avoid causing damage to your paint surface.