With the clear skies, bright sunshine and ice-free roads that come with spring, many car owners are eager to have their vehicles look their best. Although most car washes offer professional auto detail services, many drivers prefer to do their own automotive spring cleaning. The following tips can help any car owner perform a high-quality detail job on their vehicle.
Gather the Correct Supplies and Materials
The first step to effectively detailing a car is to gather the necessary tools and products. Depending on the age of the vehicle and the type of paint used, detailing products may vary slightly. Older cars with older paint will require traditional rubbing compound, a leather chamois and newsprint for buffing. Newer cars that have been painted with newer formulas and technologies will often only need microfiber cloths, an aloe leather conditioner, chemical paint cleaner and paint-cleaning clay.
Clean the Ducts
When it comes to keeping a car smelling brand new, an air compressor is a handy, effective tool. Dust, mold and dirt tend to build up on the wall located behind a vehicle’s air vents. To remove these potentially odor-causing agents, simply use the air compressor to dislodge the debris by blowing into the air vents. The vehicle’s air filter should also be changed or cleaned using the air compressor.
Remove Contaminants from Paint
If a car’s paint feels rough when running a hand over the surface in a sweeping motion, the surface is unclean. Environmental contaminants and old, scratched-off wax can be safely cleaned from paint using clay. To physically clean a car’s paint, lubricate a small block of paint-cleaning clay with liquid cleaner wax then rub the clay over the surface of the paint. It is important to never use a block of clay that has been dropped on the ground or is otherwise unclean. 303® Speed Detailer can be used to quickly protect paint, metal, fiberglass, and other surfaces; 303® Fabric Guard may be used to protect interior surfaces.
With careful attention to detail and the correct tools and products, any vehicle owner can turn spring detailing into a successful DIY project.
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