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Tips on Car Exterior Maintenance – An Idiot’s Guide to a Shiny Car

What good is it to speed through the roads of your city if you can’t show off a clean car, right? Nobody wants to see a dirty Fiat or a greased Ford going at ninety miles an hour! Everybody loves a shiny ride whether it goes at fifty even! For that, you need to spend some minimum time on your car and get it some well-deserved shine and classy exterior looks! Read on to know tips on car exterior maintenance!

And here we are to present to you a guide on how to maintain the exterior of your car with few very easy steps that even an amateur could follow:


[1] Give your car a wash regularly

The most basic step is to wash your car regularly. Unwanted dirt such as bird droppings, dead bugs, or some limestone dripping from your basement parking will cause considerable damage to your paint if not wash it off in time.

In the winter, the salt on the roads can damage the alloy wheels finish and even cause some rust spots on the body panels of your car if left for long periods of time. In addition, most car washes are inclusive of spraying your car with some sort of protector, such as wax that would help preserve your paint finish from the rust. Be sure to wipe your wiping blades and windshield with a soft and clean cloth. Also clean the leaves and other debris from the below the windshield as the leaves would block water drains and collect the moisture causing a damp smell inside your car.

[2] Dry cleaning helps

Many people believe that their vehicles need only be washed with water and for lack of time or due to their laziness, they leave it until their cars are heavily soiled. Even though you may have the time to wash with water, it is much simpler to take a dry cloth and wipe your car thoroughly every two-three days so that it remains clean throughout the week. It’s a win-win situation. You also get an exercise and you have a shiny ride too!

[3] Wax your car at least once a year

A regular wax from your part makes your car shiny as well as protects your paint. It also covers minor scratches and stone chippings thereby slowing down the corrosion. It’s very easy and takes only about half an hour. Plus, it turns out to be a good workout! A good-quality car wax would stay on the car for several months. Buy costlier car waxes as they tend to stay on longer, as logic would prevail.

[4] Clay your coats of paint

Another tip is to nicely cleanse your paint with detailing clay so that you can remove any bonded surface contamination that gets stuck to the paint which does not come off with washing regularly. Even though it is a belief that a new car need not be clayed, it proves unconvincing because even your new car would go through all environments in time.
Thus, it is advised that before you polish your car, cleanse the paint which you would apply with clay so that the polishing and protecting process does not get affected! It is a prevention to avoid a cure!

[5] Give your tires some shine

As we are sure, if you want your wheels to appear black and shiny, just apply some good quality branded tire shine on them. Tires are also an integral part of your car exterior. All you have to do is to just spray it onto the tires and wipe off the excess and leave it to settle. If you do not care for them, then they would eventually rust out, causing an even bigger headache!

[6] Get rust proofing done for your vehicle

If you reside about near the coast or where salt use is common in winter months, you would be wise to consider rust-proofing your vehicle. Properly done and cared for, rust proofing can protect important components of your car from corrosion. It’s always better to have your vehicle rust-proofed before the rust starts to appear. However, it is recommended to avoid drilling holes for the rusting as that could be damaging. Make sure that the bottom parts of the doors and trunk lid are rust-proofed and attended to well. This ensures smooth surfaces on them, reducing chances of dust accumulating. You do not want people to call your car Rusty!

[7] Keep handy touch-up paint in your car

It’s always great to have a can of touch up paint in your car! Buy all recommended and branded ones for safety. For this process, we need a car to be firstly clean and dry. Gather some matching touch up paint, a wooden toothpick, a bottle cap and a clean paper towel. These done, park your car somewhere in the shade because if it’s too hot, the paint would dry up too quickly and will not be smooth. As it says on the touch-up paint, first shake it well.
You will notice that this touch-up pen’s tip is too thick for the scratch. So we squeeze a relatively small amount of the base colour paint onto the bottle cap. Then, you have to press it down a few times for the paint to appear on it.
Be sure to close the pen cap so that it won’t dry. And always keep a toothpick onto the paint as we need just a small drop of the paint on a toothpick! Follow this and your car is paint pro again!

[8] Remove stone chips and scratches

For any vehicle, stone chips, scratches, dings and dents are a common problem. Now, while we cannot avoid it completely, we can sure them. When your paint surface is damaged and bare metal is exposed, it will invariably start to rust. And that’s why it’s most important to touch-up stone chips, dents and scratches before the corrosion process fully starts.
As much as possible, try to steer your driving off roads and paths with stones and gravel, to avoid the problem completely. Remember, stone chips are much more damaging than paint scratches as they go deeper into your coat. It is advised to take caution and attend to it soon so as to not cause rusting on your car coat.

[9] Take care of windows and mirrors

While your windshield and door coats need to gleam in the sunlight, it is equally important to keep your one arena of vision to the world outside clean too! Ensure that you use disinfectant liquid like Colin to wipe the windows and mirrors with a dry cloth so that they gleam too! And remember that mirrors play an essential part in your driving safely. So you cannot afford to take chances with them!

Added to this, a high-quality rubber or vinyl protector may be used to prevent cracks and any oxidation. Also, this protector can be applied to all vacuum lines, weather stripping systems and rubber hoses on other parts of your car which help you protect against any chemical degradation.

We would recommend you to choose all your exterior cleaning disinfectants, instruments and other items with care so that you do not end up spending too much for less than their value. We have thus endeavoured to bring you certain basic tips to help keep your car a proud shine and exterior! In the happiness that we have contributed to your car’s maintenance, we wish you a great week and the best of shiny journeys!