Keep your car shiny and look­ing its best

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HOMES - By EllEn WhytE

IS your bud­get too tight to af­ford the weekly pro­fes­sional car wash and wax?

Check out th­ese tips and keep your ride shiny pretty.

Soft sponge

Car paint is in­cred­i­bly tough but if you use a brush (like the au­to­matic wash­ers do), you will end up with mi­cro­marks so use a soft sponge. One sized a bit big­ger than your hand is per­fect for get­ting in cor­ners with­out los­ing the power of el­bow grease.

Watch your soap

When it comes to cars, more soap isn’t nec­es­sar­ily bet­ter. If you use more than the rec­om­mended amount, you can end up dam­ag­ing or strip­ping the wax or sealant off. So read the la­bel and fol­low the in­struc­tions.

two buck­ets

Not one af­ter the other, but at the same time. Fill one bucket with soapy wa­ter and use the other bucket to rinse your sponge. This way, all the grit from the sponge doesn’t end up mess­ing up your soapy suds.

top down

Let grav­ity do half the work for you by start­ing with the roof, and then work­ing your way down the sides. The wa­ter run­ning down will re­move loose dirt as you work. If your ride is re­ally messy, hose it down first.

Use a spray noz­zle to re­move dirt – or stick your fin­ger over the hose to get a bit of power be­hind that wash.

Dry be­fore wax­ing

Use a mi­crofi­bre cloth to wipe away wa­ter drips, and let it stand for half an hour so you know your car is dry.

Then rub on the wax, and pol­ish it off ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions. If you use a car­nauba-based wax, you need only reap­ply ev­ery three to five months, de­pend­ing on weather con­di­tions.

When it comes to giv­ing your car a wash, more soap isn’t nec­es­sar­ily bet­ter.

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