The bright gleaming paintwork is undoubtedly one of the first things that attract people when buying a new vehicle. A first rain shower or a muddy puddle can soon take the shine off. However, with proper care and attention, your car can always look as good as new, or with the correct detailing even better than when it left the factory. If you want your vehicle to get the full protection from the elements it deserves, then it’s not just about washing, but also giving it the protection to avoid discoloration, marring and cracking of the paintwork. How often your vehicle needs to be washed and waxed depends on how often it is driven, and whether it sits outside in the sun for long periods, and the type of driving conditions it experiences, such as snow, hail, or sandstorms. Most professionals recommend an owner washes their car once a week and gives it a waxing once a month to maintain the shiny shell of the vehicle.
Does my car need more than a wash?
If your vehicle is dirty, then it can do with a clean. If you have been driving during the winter, when there is lots of salt on the road, it’s probably better to wash your car more regularly to get rid of the grit debris as soon as possible. At other times you should be inspecting your paintwork once a week, to see what needs to be done. Always do this in direct sunlight or with a bright light, as this will highlight any swirls or imperfections in the surface of the paint. If the paint surface is highly scratched, then it will take much longer to remedy. This is also the time to check headlight and taillight glass for scratches and chips. Continue reading