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Ways to maintain your car’s showroom new shine and visual appeal

Snapshot: The procedure to maintain your car’s shinning glory for real long.

Everyone loves a glossy, shiny, and a perfectly clean car. A shiny and well maintained car grabs attention and appreciation irrespective of its make and model, while a dull, un-kept car with faded color does not impress anyone even if it is of premium make. However, to keep your precious car shining like new and to protect the shimmer of its original body paint, you need to maintain the car properly, which obviously includes thorough washing and cleaning of all parts.

If one really wishes to retain the original showroom new shine and luster of one’s car for a lengthy time in order to impress the onlookers as well as to preserve the car’s overall value, then one needs to put on a little bit of extra effort other than just thorough cleaning. However, this can be done thoroughly by a car owner and no professional help is required.

Here is the procedure to maintain your car’s shinning glory for real long:

Claying
Even after a thorough wash, some very stubborn and minute things might remain lodged in the car’s body paint and on the glass parts. Here’s when claying comes into action. You need to clay your car just after a thorough wash. Claying or rubbing the clay compound with firm yet gentle pressure removes even the sturdiest of dirt and imperfections on the entire car’s body. The result is a great, smooth and completely clean surface ready for wax polish.

Polishing
Polishing is really required to give that professional glimmer and shine to your vehicle. This enhances the entire look of your car and maintains its resale value as well. Regular polishing protects the car’s body color from getting damaged over time as well. Thus, its benefits are not just skin deep.

Few things have to be kept in mind prior to a thorough waxing and polishing session:

  • You should decide whether a manual polishing will be enough or a buffing machine is required. These machines should be used carefully as they generate heat which in turn can damage the body color.
  • If your car has deep scratches then aggressive polishing is needed with strong polishing compounds, but then limit the use of these, again to save the car’s paint.
  • A finer polish follows the aggressive polishing to reduce the finer scratches. Remember to polish your car smoothly and uniformly without applying too much pressure.
  • Finally, the soft polish which enhances the shine of the car’s paint job and imparts a gloss. To do this, use proper uniform direction for enhanced shine.

Car Wax
Polishing is best done with a good quality wax car polish. Car wax forms a protective layer on the paint that deters the damage from sun, rain, dirt and grime and imparts a great gloss.

Final Polish
A final polish or buffing puts that much desired extra shine to your car. Use a fine microfiber polishing cloth to remove all the lines left over by the entire polishing procedure.

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