In the olden days of yore our cars would begin to rust at the first sign of rain and it was vital to protect the paint. Thankfully, modern manufacturing techniques mean that vehicle bodies last much longer without the appearance of the dreaded brown flaky stuff, so it’s a fair question to ask if cars need to be waxed at all. The answer of course is an emphatic yes, because even today rust can sneak into hidden nooks, crannies and behind fancy trim plus other agents like tree sap and bird droppings can damage paintwork.
Also, nothing looks better than a gloriously clean and shining motor. Buying a car is a big investment and it needs protecting. It might be tough having to get the job done but stand back and admire the handiwork and it will all be worthwhile. Your car has taken a battering over the winter so with summer just around the corner here are our five top tips for a pristine, gleaming motor:
Use Proper Car Shampoo
An automatic car wash might seem to be the easy way out but it has drawbacks. A hand wash is far better. Do NOT use washing up liquid; use a quality car shampoo and a soft mitt to apply it, using plenty of water to wash away grit particles. These days towels soft enough for a baby are available to dry.
Use Good Wax
For maximum protection use a good wax. The very best products come in liquid or paste form and ideally will contain as much Carnauba wax as possible. Paste creates greater shine, while liquid wax tends to last longer. Apply with applicators or soft cotton cloths.
Let It Shine
Wax protects your car, it won’t create the shine. After your car is washed clean and completely dry, use a polish to bring up the shine. Any minor hairline scratches should first be removed with a compound like T-Cut. Then let the polishing commence.
It’s All In The Detail
Before applying wax to the body of your car, take a few moments to wipe down any unpainted bits of trim, plastic and the like, with a protective product. Then get waxing and when it comes to wax, always remember that less is more. The reason is simple; it’s harder to get a thick layer of wax off your car. You're creating a thin layer of wax to seal out contaminants, not using Play-Doh. Do one small section at a time. It's much harder to remove wax that has started to dry which is what will happen if it is smeared all over the vehicle in one go. Contrary to popular practice, don’t swirl, that can leave streaks; work in straight lines, finishing with a final rub over.
Work In The Shade
Applying and removing wax is time-sensitive. While some brands are meant to be left on for a few minutes before being buffed away, most waxes can be removed as soon as they're applied. Nothing dries wax as fast as direct sunlight, so wax in shade, under a tree perhaps, always making sure that there is no avian enemy threat lurking above in the branches. It is a well known fact that birds actively seek out freshly cleaned motors. You think they are singing sweetly, in fact they’re passing messages.
It’s hard work, nobody is denying that; but it will be worth it. Thing is though, once a year won’t cut it; this job needs to be done every couple of months but it’s worth it. After all, when you buy one of our quality, AA inspected cars
from the wide choice available on our listings it is important to look after it.