We’ve compiled the following list of tips, with the intention of getting your ride gleaming with ease, protecting its appearance, and leaving more money in your pocket and time in your schedule.
1. Wash in the shade
Many pro detailers agree the worst thing you can do to your paint is to overwork it — which is why washing your car in the shade makes so much sense. Here, the sun can’t speed up the drying of soapy water (or fresh rinse water) to your paint before you’ve properly rinsed or dried. As such, you’ll be able to work slowly, more patiently, and with a lighter touch, which can go a long way towards keeping your finish looking great for years.
Pro tip: While washing, consider using a second pail of clean, fresh water exclusively to rinse your soapy wash rag between body panels. This can keep scratchy contaminants out of your wash pail. Your clearcoat will thank you.
2. Clean your interior for a low cost
Add five to seven drops of quality dish soap to a small pail of hot water, mixing gently to avoid creating excess suds. Congratulations: You’ve just whipped up a batch of one of the best interior cleaners going, and it only cost you five cents. Grab some rags and get working — this gentle and powerful solution is great for smudgy glass, dried-on condiments, dog drool, salt stains, dust, and various forms of grime, scum, and even scuzz.
Pro tip: Never wash your vehicle’s painted surfaces with dish soap.
3. Springtime coatings
Spring is the right time to touch up any protective coatings you like to apply to your vehicle. A coat of wax after a good wash can bring shine back to your paint, while protecting it from the hot summer sun that’s on the way. If you’re in a rush, consider a spray-wax or detailer, which offers similar benefits in a fraction of the time. Touch up or re-apply any water-repelling window coatings while you’re at it.
Pro tip: If you’re having your car’s paint professionally corrected or coated this spring, be sure to read plenty of owner reviews before selecting someone for the job. Poor-quality products or workmanship can damage your paint.
4. Don’t forget to clean your battery
Left unchecked, this semi-conductive buildup can cause problems or even kill your battery. Check your battery terminals for a buildup of salty-looking crud, and clean it away using a wire-brush and appropriate cleaner. If you’re not sure how, ask your favorite technician or parts-store staff for assistance.
Pro tip: Not all car batteries are located under the hood. Check your owner’s manual for details if you have any trouble finding yours.
5. Bring your car to NTW for maintenance
Specializing in tires, custom wheels, suspension, wheel alignment, brakes, air conditioning service and repair. At National Tire Wholesale, we take pride in offering personal service and excellent quality products at a fair price!
Make sure to call us ahead to book your appointment 604.294.3788.
At NTW, we are actively following the guidance and safety recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Therefore we are taking precautions when handling your car for everyone's wellbeing.
Bring your car to National Tire Wholesale. Our technicians only recommend maintenance and repairs to keep you and your car safe.
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