in most parts of the nation, is the time to have a warm coat in your closet and
a protective coat on your car's paint finish, wheels, seats and windshield. The
dramatic weather changes of the winter season conspire with caustic road salts
and grime to truly take their toll on a car.
why we're going to look at some of the preparations you can make before the onset
of winter, steps that will protect your car from the ravages of this nastiest
The largest and most sensitive area of any car is the painted surface. During
winter it should be washed as often as possible. This will prevent the build-up
of contaminants on the paint. Detailing experts advise never to use a household
detergent for washing a car. They can strip away the wax and leave your paint
dull and unprotected. Using a premium car wash will ensure heavy foam, which will
lift dirt off the paint and add protection and gloss enhancement. While most people
think of spring clean up, make sure you give your car's paint a fighting chance
before the first winter storm. Apply a thorough coat of a polish and wax that
is formulated to protect and preserve the finish and is safe for clear coats.
of your car comes in closer contact to that bubbling cauldron of acids and salts
than your wheels. By applying a coat or two of polish, you will provide the ultimate
protection for your wheels. Don't be shy: reapply it after every couple of washes.
interiors need some TLC, too. If you have a leather interior, make sure you keep
it flexible by applying a good coat of conditioner, one that is formulated with
mink oil and lanolin. This will maintain the natural suppleness of your leather.
but by no means least, visibility is very important
during winter. With the window defogger working full
time, keeping your windows clean is paramount. If you
use an automotive-specific glass cleaner with a non-ammonia
formula, your glass will remain streak-free and crystal
if you keep your car looking its best during the winter
months, your spring cleaning will be a breeze.
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