Even if it is your first car and not exactly new, you are enthusiastic about it. The vehicle is your carriage to freedom, and your life will be incomplete if you lose it. Girls like to look fashionable in their cars, and guys try to look cool in them.
Whatever the make, model or age of your car, you need to show it at its best. There are a few old sayings about things you can’t polish, but your car isn’t one of them. The care and attention you give your vehicle says a lot about your personal standards as well as making it look fantastic.
The preowned car dealers in St. Louis are experts in taking a dirty car and making it look almost new. With a lot of practice and a little knowledge, you can too. It’s easy when you know the secrets.
Cut The Paintwork
You are so familiar with your car that you might not even notice the tiny imperfections in the paintwork. Take a look around the door handles, and you will see many scratches that are a result of fair wear and tear. In fact, there will be marks all over the body, but you can do something about them. Buy a bottle of cutting compound; it is the same stuff you use to clean brass, though maybe less abrasive. Rinse the area you intend to work on with water and wait for it to dry. Apply some cutting compound to a soft cloth and rub it over the area in small circles. You will see those scratches disappear before your eyes. The more work you put in, the better the result. It can take days to cover the entire car, but the result is worth it.
Now the scratches are gone, and you must wash the car. Use the correct shampoo; washing up liquid will not do.
- Rinse the body with clean water to remove any loose grit and debris.
- Dilute some shampoo in a bucket of warm water.
- Use a sponge to wash the car. Start on the roof and work down to the bottom of the body.
- Use a brush to clean the wheels with the same shampoo. It is the last place to wash because the water in the bucket will become filthy.
- Rinse the car with water and dry it with a chamois leather to remove any streaks that the water might leave behind.
The coating of wax comes next. Just as with the cutting process, the finish depends on the work you put into it. Apply the wax in small circles, with a soft cloth. Leave it for a few minutes and wipe it off with another cloth. Do not try to polish the car in direct sunlight, and work on only one panel at a time. After applying three coats of wax, buff the car with a lambswool pad.
Use white vinegar to remove smears and make the glass shine. It is a trick used by housekeepers, but it works well for cars too.
You should learn how to clean your car because it could help to get the top price when you trade it in for a newer model. Most of us start off with an old banger and move to better vehicles over time. I guarantee that you will never forget that old car though, it will live in your memory as a long lost friend.
*PT Cruiser picture by Valerie Everett.