Make Your Ride Shine

When you want your car to say something about you, it needs to do more than just run well, it needs to stand out in a crowd.  In order to really bring out the shine, taking extra steps beyond a basic handwashing are often required.  Consider these additional steps the next time you are preparing your car to be seen at a race, show, or on the road, and you will be sure to make an impression.

Pressure Washing

If your car is covered in dirt and other road grime, you will want to pressure wash the vehicle before applying any cleaners or detergents.  Once the surface dirt has been lifted, apply the detergents to the vehicles surface.  Finally, rinse the detergent off, from top to bottom, using the pressure washer, and then seal and dry.

Pressure washers are also highly effective for cleaning tires and wheel rims, and the water pressure can more easily reach hard to reach areas.  If using a pressure washer is going to become a standard part of your car care routine, consider checking out a selection electric pressure washer reviews and purchasing one for your personal use.

Make Your Ride Shine

Hard Waxes

Hard waxes, though harder to apply, provide a higher level of protection than liquid or soft waxes, as well as a nice shine on most paint finishes.  It is important to avoid abrasive waxes, especially on cars with a dark paint job, as the abrasive qualities may damage the finish.

Apply the wax in sections, working in a circular motion as you apply it.  Once applied, you will need to let the wax set based on the time recommended by the manufacturer before using a soft cotton rag to buff and polish the finish.

Tire Products

Once you have the body of your car shining, you will want to pay attention to the tires.  A variety of products are available to help bring back the original shine, with many options being available in spray on versions.

First, the product is sprayed onto the tires.  After the product has set for a few minutes, it can be wiped off with a clean rag.  Be sure to avoid overspray hitting other portions of the car, as it can leave stains on certain materials, such as those used on side panels and rims.

Aluminum Rim Care

Just as the tires require a special product, so do aluminum rims if you really want them to shine.  Since they should have been pressure washed with the rest of the vehicle, a simple aluminum polish is often all that you need.  After making sure the rim is completely dry, just apply a small amount of polish to a clean cloth and begin working it onto the surface in small circular motions.  Continue applying and polishing until the desired finish is reached on all four tires.

Polycarbonate Headlight Coverings

Overtime, polycarbonate headlight coverings can cloud.  In order to restore the original look, begin by sanding the surface taking care not to contact the painted car body.  The sanding should remove any yellow coloring that has built up on the light, and let the surface somewhat dull and rough to the touch.  Follow up the sanding with a fine polish which will restore the lenses to a clear state.  Finally, apply a UV sealant to protect the finish.