How to Wax and Detail Your Car
Now that you’ve found the perfect car to reflect your independent spirit and love for the open road, like the 2015 Chevy Camaro or all-new Corvette, the last thing in the world you want to do is run it through the car wash or let the kid down the street hit it with a hose and a sponge. Keeping your sports car turning heads is a labor of love—one you should take seriously. We’ve come up with a few tips on how to wax and detail your car, so you can properly keep it looking like new.
Careful Cleaning Comes First
Getting your vehicle into show-worthy shape takes a little elbow grease—but it’s worth it when you’ve finished the job and can step back and see the fruits of your labor. The folks over at Popular Mechanics have a few recommendations to help you get a show worthy finish on your prized piece of American steel, the first time, and every time:
- Use compressed air to remove dirt that has become wedged in the tight spaces in your car’s interior. Follow this with a stiff-bristled brush on the carpets to get out any ground-in dirt and debris before vacuuming the rest.
- Take a small air compressor and use it to blast any dust or dirt out of the car’s heating vents. This can help to eliminate musty, funky smells that can sometimes stick to older cars.
- Strip the residue from tires using a non-detergent degreaser to remove road scum, and a non-acid solution to remove any residue that may have accumulated on the tire over time. Experts agree that this should be done before the exterior of the car is cleaned, so that any overspray can be removed before it has a chance to damage the paint.
- Hand-wash for the best result. Hand-washing not only prevents damage from a car wash’s abrasive brushes, but it also allows you to carefully inspect your vehicle for damage that may require repair.
- Polish for the perfect shine. The pros use electric buffers, but if you’re new to the practice, an oscillating polishing machine is more forgiving and will keep you from burning through the color coat.
- Wax the paint for extra protection. The factory clear coat wears over time and leaves the paint at the mercy of the elements. By applying a couple of coats to the paint, you can ensure a more attractive finish for longer.
- Don’t forget the glass. Once the rest of the grime and gunk have been removed, use a quality ammonia-free glass cleaner to remove the dirt from the glass, and a microfiber cloth to ensure the best shine.
Visit Us For Service that Keeps Your Car Running as Good as it Looks
Wax and detail your car, and then bring it to the service center at Biggers Chevrolet, and we’ll have it running as good as it looks. Check out our service specials for money saving offers that will have your Corvette or Camaro purring like new. We look forward to serving you.