When you want to keep your prized possession, your drop dead gorgeous super-car or your one of a kind classic car, in the perfectly shiny condition that makes you the proudest car owner in the world, then you need the world’s shiniest car- care routine to make sure your vehicle is always in pristine condition and looking its absolute best.
In a world full of rocks that can bounce up from the road and scratch your bodywork, bird poop that can erode your paint if left unchecked and bugs that seem determined to take their last breath splattering into your fresh paintwork, you can have your work cut out for you when it comes to keeping your car looking tip-top. In this article we look at a few ways you can keep your car looking like new.
1. Dealing with those birds, bugs and sap
The problem with all that bird excrement is that the longer you leave it, the more damage it can do to your paintwork as the corrosive substances in it have more time to dig in. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for those darn lime trees; the honeydew (aphid poop) that can drip from them onto your car can do a similarly corrosive job. Honeydew combined with direct sunlight can burn irreversible damage into your paintwork so it’s best avoided.
There are special sprays you can buy that will help you to remove such detritus but without a doubt the best way to avoid all that corrosive nonsense is by preventing it happening in the first place. Engage preventative maintenance strategies by investing in a professional protective service. Using a protective paint film or even a ceramic coating, applied by an expert, like the team at Proficient X, is definitely the way to go.
2. Keeping a regular routine
If your car is the love of your life then you’re probably already used to giving it a good wash every couple of weeks at least. This is actually pretty good practice to follow because neglecting your paintwork can allow a build up of dirt and grime. This can lead to costly repairs that can be eliminated before they occur simply by keeping your car nice and clean with regularity. Another benefit of getting a professional sealant applied is that these types of coatings can make your car washing experience a lot faster and more efficient.
3. When it comes to caring for your car, by hand is best
There’s little disagreement amongst true car aficionados that the best way to clean your car is by hand rather than using heavy duty pressure washers or abrasive automatic washing systems. This is definitely the case and this gentle approach to your paintwork should be allied to a considerate use of mild cleaning solutions with a low pH level. Don’t go in for abrasive material either, aim for soft sponges, microfibre cloths and soft bristle brushes to ensure you don’t damage paintwork.
If you insist on using a pressure washer to clean off the initial dirt or perhaps to rinse off the soap afterwards then always use the lowest setting you can stand. A high-pressure water blast can be quite damaging to your paintwork.