July 9, 2015, 10:23 am
Everybody wants to keep their car looking shiny and new for as long as possible and the best way to do this is to protect your paintwork. By doing this you can maintain that factory gleam, keeping your car looking fresh as a daisy regardless of its age.
Here are our top tips for protecting your car’s paintwork.
This goes without saying really, the more careful you are about where you park or leave your car the less likely you are to pick up scuffs and scrapes. Granted you can never ensure that you won’t pick up damage, but parking in a secure place that’s under cover and away from trees can help preserve the job.
Most vehicles come with a layer of clear coat paint straight from the manufacture, but over the years this can become damaged and faded. It is worth taking your car to have the clear coat topped up every couple of years to keep everything looking new for longer. This won’t protect you from deep scratches, but it will help to keep the light scratches and fading to a minimum.
While regular washing can take off the top coat, by using the best cleaning products and practices you can remove debris, prevent staining and even stop your paintwork from fading. Make sure that you use a sheep wool mitt and a deep microfiber towel to prevent accidental abrasion from dirt and road grime.
Leaving your car dirty with mud and general road grime can take their toll on the paintwork, corroding the top coat and causing the paint to fade. By regularly washing your car you can help to prevent this deterioration and keep your paintjob looking new for years.
Adding a coat of wax to your vehicle, after a wash, gives you an additional layer of protection for your paint. Similarly to a clear coat, this works to protect your vehicle from light scuffs and damage, but it will not last as long as the clear coat so it does have to be regularly applied.
Waxing is great as it offers a little bit of UV protection, which can be essential if your car isn’t parked under cover. Additionally, wax helps to stop rain water from sitting on the car reducing the amounts of streaks and dull spots you’ll have – giving you a glare to be proud of.
If you’re serious about maintaining a showroom-like finish on your car then it is worth looking into getting a buffer. This can help to remove surface scratches and give your car a smooth, thorough polish. It is a long process and you need to carry it out with absolute care and precision or you risk seriously damaging your finish.
Applying a polish finish after buffing can practically turn your car into a mirror, which is what everyone wants if we’re honest. Make sure that you’re using a high quality polish however, as the cheaper versions can provide a sub-par finish and wear off quickly.
Often, no matter how much care you take of your vehicle you won’t have the same quality tools and products that a professional valeting service will have. These services can ensure that your car is kept in pristine condition for as long as possible, using the products your car needs to maintain a showroom shine even years after leaving the forecourt.
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