Cleaning your car is not always the easiest task, especially if you are in a hurry. You may be tempted to just buy some new wax and call it a day but that won’t do the trick. If you want to bring back that new car shine, we have 11 easy steps for you!
1. Wash the Car Perfectly
It may be tempting to skip this step. We get it, you’re in a hurry! But don’t just gloss over this important first step because any other steps you try will not work as well without washing your car properly.
Use a hose with a cleaning attachment to do a perfect cleaning job. You may use a pressure washer if you have one, but a quality hose attachment is enough to wash a well-maintained car.
We always recommend using car wash shampoo for the perfect wash job – that way there is no need to use scrubbing bubbles or those expensive, chemical-laden products.
2. Remove Dents or Scratches
In this step, you’ll want to remove any imperfections on the car. Scratches can be removed with a simple polishing compound like swirl remover and a dual-action orbital polisher. The process is long but worth it!
A dent in your fender will need to be pulled out from the inside of the panel using flat-edge tools and some muscle power.
This job requires more than just basic DIY skills so if you have a friend who has the experience, let them do it for you! If not, leave these tough jobs to professionals since they are trained in getting rid of all those pesky dings without damaging anything else.
You may use a dent remover to get rid of dents without getting any professional service. But those products will work on specific types of dents that are easy to pull.
3. Do Paintwork If Needed
If the paintwork on your car is looking a little dull, use a clay bar. Clay bars are made from natural ingredients and can be either new or old, depending on preference. Scrubbing the surface of your car to remove any wax residue is important because it will help restore its original luster. Rub the clay bar in small circles until you feel there’s no more dirt left on them. Then, use a wet microfiber cloth with a cleaning solution to gently scrub off any residue left on the surface.
If your car has bare metal exposed on the body panel, you may need to coat the bare metal with a paint-compatible coating and then re-apply your car’s base coat to prime the surface. Then use spray paint bottles to evenly paint the surface. Before applying the spray, make sure you mask off the surrounding surface and apply the paint on a metal piece to check if the color shade matches your car’s color.
4. Polish the Car Body Panel
After washing the car, you will need to use a good wax and polisher on the body panels which can be easily done by running them over with your DA (Dual Action) Polisher. When using this tool, set it up at between 1500-2000 RPMs before starting work.
Once again make sure that you are not applying too much pressure as this could cause damage to the paintwork of your vehicle. The best way is to allow the weight of the machine to do most of its work for you so just let it glide over all areas in one direction without pushing down or pulling back when working near edges and corners.
So now you’ve learned about the steps to making your car shiny again. You can use a good wax and polisher on body panels, or if you prefer not to do it yourself then get someone else to do it for you! And remember; always be gentle with your vehicle so that they don’t become damaged in any way due to aggressive buffing. The best thing is just letting the weight of the machine work for you as this will ensure that there are no scratches left behind by using too much pressure when working near edges and corners. Now stop wasting time on car trivia— go out and make your car look new all over again!