Polishing Your Wheels

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If I had to think of a task I am not so keen about when it comes to car cleaning, it would have to be polishing wheels. While this is a rather tedious tasks, the benefits of having clean, shiny wheels are not only cosmetic standpoint. If you drive winter tires, that regularly encounter snow and dirt, this is a must.

Gladly, there are some measures that can be taken to make the job much easier. In essence, the following steps should be adhered to, for optimal results every time.

  1. Dust and rinse the wheels with a high pressure hose
  2. Follow up with an alloy wheel spray for deep cleaning
  3. Pick an appropriate product that you will use when polishing wheels
  4. Conclude with a protective waxing and dressing

Polishing Wheels Starts With A Good Rinse

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Car wheels may well be one of the most deceptive parts to clean. This is because they typically don’t look dirty until they’ve accumulate copious amounts of grime. One such particular type of dirt is brake dust. All of this can make the wheel and the whole car unsightly.

As a first step, it is a good idea to scrub off any debris and dirt using a wheel brush. Be sure to find a brand that is firm but won’t scratch the wheel arches. Then go on to use a high pressure hose to just get all the dirt and debris out of the way.

Spray An Alloy Cleaner For Deep Cleansing

Once you are satisfied that most of the visible dirt has been done away with, the next step is to use a good wheel alloy cleaner. This product has a dual effect. On one hand it dislodges stubborn stains and dirt, while on the other, it gives the wheel a shiny finish.

Regular use of an alloy cleaner will also create a protective film that makes it more difficult for greasy dirt to latch on to the wheel.

Polishing For A Glossy Look

The first two steps outlined are more of a build-up to the actual polishing process. It is however, important to do them thoroughly so as to avoid any abrasion when polishing. Once this is done, you can use a metal polish to buff the wheels to a shine.

The choice to go with will depend on the type of wheel you have installed. By taking a quick checklist, it is easy to identify the best polish for your wheel.

Finish Off With A Good Wax And Dressing

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At this point, your tire should be quite clean. The final task is to then use a protective agent in the form of waxing. Using a good wheel waxing agent will ensure that the wheel stays cleaner for longer, while retaining its tensile strength. Make it a point to use an applicator and follow that up with a microfiber buff for best results.

Once this is done, go on to apply a water-based tire dressing. While these tend to be a bit more expensive, traditional silicon-based dressings attract dirt and are known to deplete protective substances that enhance the rubber compound.

Things You Need For DIY Detailing

The value and appeal of a car are to a great extent determined by how its appearance. Maintenance and service are critical but cosmetic care is also important. One way to achieve this is by detailing your car. This is usually a job that most will relegate to a detailing shop, but with a few auto detailing supplies, it can be done from home.

Vacuum Cleaning Is The Starting Point

While this may not be actually linked to detailing, vacuuming your car is a fundamental part of the process. Ideally, this should be a cleaner that has an extended nozzle for those hard to reach places. A 12V vacuum cleaner with a minimum of 75 watts will be more than up to the challenge.

To effectively get the job done, it is also a good idea to go with a wet and dry vacuum cleaner. This will enable you to clean without worrying that the device may malfunction. If you don’t have one of these a quick visit to any retailer that stocks auto detailing supplies should do the trick.


Automotive Car Shampoo

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Once you are satisfied that all the dirt has been sucked out, it’s time to give your car a good soak. It is imperative that you properly wash your car, both inside and outside. By giving the car a good wash, you set a good foundation for the detailing process. Failure to wash thoroughly during detailing can ruin your paintwork.


Get Those Scratches Out

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A must – have when it comes D.I.Y detailing is a reputable scratch remover. After washing the car thoroughly, small scratches and indentations [if any] will become more apparent. Swirl marks and dirt trails may also be visible, although there is a simple way to avoid these.

If the scratches are not particularly deep, you can easily use a scratch remover to make short work of them. Simply polishing the fluid in by hand will be enough to eliminate the scratches and bring that shine back.

Protect Your Gloss With Wax

Another important part when detailing your car is to comprehensively wax it. Applying thin coats of wax across the expanse of the vehicle ensures a protective film over the paint. Not only will this allow the paint job to last longer, it will also give an added sheen to the vehicle’s look. When waxing follow these tips for best results:

  • Apply wax in a shaded area
  • Make sure the car is dry before application
  • Use poly foam applicators for the best finish
  • Finish off with a microfiber cloth


Always Opt For Premium Auto Detailing Supplies

In an economy that has steadily been on the decline, it may be a temptation to cut corners with the tools and materials that you use. However, it is worth keeping in mind that what seems like a big investment can save much more in the long run. As a result, in order to maintain a pristine car exterior, and higher resale values, make it a point to use high quality materials when detailing your car.



7 Things You Didn’t Know About Waxing

When washing a car, all work and effort may be lost if you don’t finish with a generous waxing. While most people wax their cars regularly, there is always room for improvement. For this reason, this article details 7 car waxing tips that can save you time and money.

The Sun Is Not Your Friend

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One of the most notable car waxing tips is to apply the wax in a shaded area. The reason for this has to do with the rapid rate at which car wax dries. The majority of wax products dry within minutes and if not buffed off, will leave unsightly streaks. By washing in the shade you ensure that the wax dries slowly, giving you time to wipe it off.


Work In Straight Lines

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It is important to pay attention not only to what you use to wash your car, but how you do so as well. Cleaning in irregular movements is bound to cause swirl marks that mess up the job. To avoid this, the best thing to do, is to clean the car in straight, uninterrupted sweeps. 

By so doing, you minimize the visibility and number of cleaning marks that can be seen on the vehicle.

One Section At A Time

Now that you are working in a straight line, the next thing is to wax section by section. It is a good idea to settle on small parts of the vehicle in order to avoid wax drying. This also makes it easy to see your progress and avoid missing spots

Less Is More

There is a general tendency to want to apply a thick layer of wax when cleaning a car. This is meant to either cover a wider area or seen as a way to achieve a better finish. Both presumptions are misguided though. To get a clean and shiny finish, rather than put in a huge amount of wax all at once, thin layers applied repeatedly do the job.

The Purpose of Wax Is To Protect, Not Recreate

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A common misconception is that car wax is a miracle substance that will reinvent your car’s look. On the contrary, the major purpose of waxing is to protect your car’s paintwork. In order to achieve a picture-perfect look, try combining car wax with a reputable polish.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Touch

It can be very difficult to go through the waxing process without touching the body of the car. While this may seem unavoidable because of the natural inclination to lean over the car, it can negatively impact your car’s finish. An easy work-around is to use a microfiber cloth or towel.

If you are a perfectionist or rather want a precise finish, you can also use a polishing machine for that extra shine.

Remove Any Excess Residue

Being the arduous work that it is, most people tend to slacken once they have finished applying and polishing off the wax. This may be unwise because of the untidy residue deposits that may remain on the car. They may also stick to the body and weaken the paint surface.

It is thus important to look over the car and make sure there are no left-over wax clumps lurking. If the wax has dried out and hardened, you can also use a spray-on wax that will loosen the deposit. You can then easily wipe this off with a cloth.


Summarizing Our Car Waxing Tips

The above are just a few car waxing tips that can help you achieve the look and feel you desire. In short, the following handy tips are all you need for that showroom look:

  1. Always wax your car in a shaded area
  2. When waxing, work your way in straight lines to avoid swirls
  3. Work your way through the car in small sections
  4. Apply in thin, repeated layers
  5. Remember wax is meant to protect
  6. Keep your fingers off the waxed surface
  7. Be sure to remove any excess residue from the car

Properly Washing Your Car


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Most vehicle purists can attest that one of the best things about owning a car is being able to clean it from time to time. Cleaning your car on a weekend morning can be both therapeutic and satisfying. Even fathers will agree with the bonding effect that such an occasion presents, with their sons.

That said, there are many things that can go wrong when cleaning your car.  From stained windows to scraped paint on the body, there is a method to ensuring the best finish.

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