With only a few sunny, warm, fall days ahead, this would be a great time to wash and wax your car, crossover, SUV, van or truck.
Sure you can take your vehicle to a detailer and pay a couple hundred bucks. But doing it yourself it gets you more intimate with your investment and an opportunity to discover any nicks, dents or paint chips from stones that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Car detailing may seem like a simple task that anyone with the right tools can do. However, this DIY job is more than just scrubbing and buffing products onto your ride. Did you know there’s actually a proper way of cleaning and polishing your priced possession? In fact, if you don’t do this task correctly, you may end up damaging your vehicle’s paint. To help you take care of your vehicle without incurring any costly damage, the folks at Mothers, the popular vehicle detailing products company, offers these most common car detailing mistakes that should be avoided. They are as follows:
1. Using too much wax.
Applying too much wax on your car won’t make it shine like a diamond. The excess wax will only be wiped off once you start buffing your vehicle’s surface, so save yourself time, effort, and money by skipping this useless detailing habit. Two rounds of thorough waxing are usually enough to bring back the your ride’s luster.
2. Removing stuck dirt using dry cloth.
Forgot to clean a spot of dirt over your vehicle’s surface? Don’t make the mistake of scrubbing it off using a dry cloth! Doing this only rubs dirt onto the paint and causes its surface to get scratched.
3. Applying products right on the car’s surface.
Pouring wax, polishing compound, or other liquid chemicals directly on your car’s surface not only prevents you from controlling the amount of product that you’ll use but also causes uneven streaks on the paint. Put a sufficient amount of product on a sponge or a soft towel instead.
4. Washing the wheels last.
The wheels and tires are the dirtiest parts of your vehicle. You may end up splattering dirt and mud on the clean body panels of your ride if you wash the wheels last.
5. Using the wrong type of cleaning agent.
Dishwashing liquids and laundry detergents are some of the most common alternative to car shampoo. They’re definitely effective when it comes to getting rid of dirt and grime. However, you have to keep in mind that these products contain harsh chemicals that can remove the wax and sealer on your vehicle’s surface, leaving its paint vulnerable to harsh elements.
In case you haven’t kept up with the latest and hottest detailing products, the newest comes from Mothers and their CMX Ceramic Spray Coating. This coating is an affordable, user-friendly, ultra-durable super-hydrophobic protection formula, says Mothers. Merely spray it on a cloth or applicator and apply it to your vehicle’s surface, then wipe it off. It’s a Silicon Dioxide and Titanium Dioxide blend that provides long-term protection from the elements and provides relentless water beading. The blend offers ceramic glass-like liquidy-glossy appearance. And it, says Mothers, can be used as a stand-alone product or as a booster over your existing sealant or ceramic coating.
I bought a spray bottle of Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating at a local auto parts store and after washing my wife’s car and my truck, applied it as recommended. It provided a deep glossy shine that heightened the color and finish.
So, before the snow flies, now’s the most opportune time to get your vehicle ready for the winter. It’s a form of winterizing your vehicle’s body.