weather can take its toll on automotive paint, often leaving a car's finish looking
dull and damaged. The arrival of spring, however, is the perfect opportunity to
wipe away road salt damage and other contaminants, bringing automotive finishes
back to showroom condition.
1 — Washing
wash vehicle to remove all surface dirt and debris.
high-quality, clean wash mitts — one for the top surfaces and another for the lower
panels and wheels.
use dish soap because it strips wax protection and dries out the paint surface.
final rinse, use a stream of water instead of a spray. This will allow the water
to sheet off and reduce drying time.
drying the vehicle, always use a 100 percent cotton terry cloth towel or high quality
the vehicle is dry, examine the finish in both direct sunlight and artificial
light to detect inconsistencies in the paint. In addition, feel the finish with
the palm of the hand to detect imperfections that are not always visible. An ideal
automotive finish should feel like glass.
2 — Cleaning
the surface is neglected and has imperfections, it is very important to clean
and prepare it for polishing and waxing.
remove surface defects, use the least abrasive method.
a clear coat-safe product — traditional rubbing compounds
can be very harmful to the paint surface & should
necessary, seek the help of a professional who has the tools and skills to remove
serious paint defects.
3 — Polishing
is an optional step, which is often used on dark colored vehicles to bring out
the ultimate shine.
order to create long-lasting high gloss, follow a polish with a coat of wax.
pure polish is great for people who like to polish their cars often since there
is no chance of build up.
a wax, a pure polish is the best choice for "fresh" paint because it
allows the paint to continue the curing process.
4 — Waxing
work in the shade and on a cool surface.
waxes in a thin, even coat for best results.
a clean foam applicator or Dual Action Polisher for
wax to the entire vehicle, then come back and begin to remove the product.
use a high quality 100% cotton terry cloth towel or microfiber towel for removing
5 — Instant Maintenance
remove any harmful contaminants, like water spots
& fresh bird droppings, with an instant detailing
product like Meguiar's Quik Detailer, before surface
keep vehicles looking like they were just waxed, use Meguiar's Quik Wax for an
instant boost in color and protection on an as-needed basis.
products like these become slow to wipe off, it is a sign that it is time to re-wax
1901, Meguiar's technical experts have worked hand-in-hand
with car and automotive paint manufacturers around the
world to create highly specialized surface care products.
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