Water will eventually evaporate, so why use time and energy drying the vehicle after it’s been washed and rinsed? Spending the additional effort in drying the paintwork with a chamois or a large micro fibre towel will give your vehicle a streak-free and watermark-free finish.
Waxing your vehicle will add a protection film and keep your paintwork gleaming like new. It can take some time to wax and polish a vehicle but the end results are astounding. If you do decide to wax and polish your vehicle, make sure you are in the shade on a very hot day and work in a small circular motion. Use a very soft terry cloth or cloth diaper, work on one section at a time and remember where you first started. Keep working until all the wax had been worked in and keep an eye out for any remaining wax residue on the paintwork. Also, you may notice the wax will build up on the cloth, so give it a sharp shake every now and then to remove it.
There are many paint protectors out there and knowing which one to purchase can be very confusing. More than 80% of paint protectors on the market today are of a limited basic compound or core ingredient, be it wax, Teflon, polymer or silicone. Each of these ingredients can provide different levels of protection and shine. When looking for a product make sure it protects your paint against:
- UV rays
- Acid rain
- Insect residue
- Road salt
- Bird Droppings
A good paint protector will provide a very strong barrier between the elements and the paint surface. This barrier should provide a long lasting shine and reduce surface friction which can help with:
- Protection against surface marks from frequent washing
- Increasing the cars aerodynamics
Paint SealantThese products are used to seal the paint with a resin type coating to protect the paintwork on a more long term basis. Since paint no longer contains lead, it will oxidise if left unprotected or unsealed. The painted surface will oxidize and deteriorate mainly due to road grime, salt in the air and ultra violet rays from the sun. Paint sealants provide an impervious barrier to nearly all known chemical oxidation, combustion debris and insects. Some paint sealants offer a high quality shine, which will leave the paintwork with a showroom “wet look”.
If you have just driven through mud and slosh, then you need a good tyre cleaner. There are products on the market that can be sprayed or brushed onto your muddy tyres and then simply hosed off to reveal brand new looking tyres. These applications can also provide a protective barrier so mud and dirt will not stick as easily to your tyres or mud flaps. Look for products preferably in a clear liquid, which is not just a tyre blackener that will wash off after rain or cleaning.