The days are getting longer and the flowers are blooming, Spring must be in the air. With hopefully the worst of the winter weather behind us, your car probably needs some love and care to get back looking its best.
Road salt, grime and dirt can wreck havoc on you paint job and the outside of the car, and the inside most likely needs a little sprucing up as well after the winter rain we have had.
Here are some tips to get your ride looking fabulous for the sunny weather ahead.
Give your car a good wash
Car washing is one way to keep your car in top condition. Gone are the days of grabbing some dish soap from the kitchen and filling a bucket of water to go out and wash your car. Dish soap is designed to take grime, grease and oil off of dishes and should stay in the kitchen. Those de-greasing agents in the dish soap can dry out the rubber seals and plastic mouldings on your car and can even strip your car way.
The best way to clean your car is to use a car shampoo. These products have come a long way and are now able to gently clean your car but leave car wax, paint protectant and sealant intact. Check out the list of top car shampoos at Car Products Tested.
Vacuum the inside
Now is the time to suck up all the grime, leaves, dirt and salt that has made it’s way into your car and on your carpets. If your rear seats fold down by flipping the cushions, lift them and up and grab all the dirt that has accumulated under there. You may find a lost glove or mitten too!
Clean the Dash
It is amazing how dusty this area gets. If it is just dusty, you can use a damp cloth but if you have spilled anything on the dash or console use a spray cleaner or wipes to get the area clean. Just be carefulyou are not using a cleaner with silicone or solvents, and don’t let them get on the glass of the windshield. No one likes the smell of old milk or coffee in the car so clean your cupholders before the sun bakes those smells in.
Clean the windows
This is the hardest part of cleaning a car. Sure getting a nice wax job is tough, but a streak free windshield takes a miracle. Start with a clean surface. We mean dust the windows with a microfibre cloth. This helps avoid streaking. Also, clean your windows in a shady area when they are not too hot. Then using glass cleaner and paper towels try to get the best streak free windows possible. You can buy special cleaning pads for the tight spot where the windshield meets the dash here.
When you are cleaning your car and you notice scratches, dents or key marks that do down to the metal the only way to fix these are by sanding and filling the scratch with paint using a tiny pinstriping brush. The pros at Vickery Collision can blend this type of fix with surrounding paint quickly and easily. Give us a call if you need any cosmetic repairs for your vehicle.