MOTOR CULTURE: LASTING LUSTRE
Maintaining your car’s shine doesn’t always require multiple grooming sessions.
FFASTIDIOUS petrolheads will do anything and everything to ensure that their car remains in tip-top shape.
Timely workshop visits, weekly tyre pressure checks (even if they have tyre pressure monitors installed) and high-octane fuel (because they don’t want to risk the engine knocking and pinging) are just the tip of the iceberg.
But if there’s one thing that these enthusiasts will really spend time on, it’s maintaining their car’s looks.
Keeping your car shiny in Singapore isn’t easy. If the weather isn’t scorching hot, it’s raining heavily. Worse, there are days when all we get is a bit of rain before the sun comes back out, stronger than ever.
It is on days like these that a car’s paintwork is truly punished. Light rain loosens road contaminants, but because there isn’t enough water to “rinse” them away, these harmful elements stick to your paint. And when the sun emerges, all this muck is literally baked onto your vehicle. Maintaining a showroom condition not only requires one or two washes a week – it might require a re-application of wax, too. If you run your finger along your car’s clean body and find that it’s no longer as smooth as glass, you need to wax your car. But given our busy schedules, car grooming often takes a back seat.
If you want your car to retain its shine with minimal effort, one option would be to have it detailed by a groomer that uses products that provide extended protection – far longer than natural waxes or synthetic sealants.
The Automobile Association of Singapore (AA Singapore) offers such a detailing service, which uses Gtechniq Crystal Serum, a liquid coating that utilises ceramic technology. It is claimed to be resistant to harsh chemicals (such as those from commercial car washes) and environmental contaminants like bird droppings.
Protection aside, the product is said to give the same glossy finish that users expect from waxing. And given Gtechniq’s claim about hardiness, the shininess should last a long time, too.
Naturally, AA Singapore’s detailing service doesn’t just cover paintwork. Glass, tyres and the interior are all included, too. A variety of Gtechniq products are used to clean and protect your upholstery, carpets, dashboard and plastic trims.
Like Crystal Serum, the other Gtechniq products that are utilised for the rest of the vehicle are all supposed to provide long-term protection while making maintenance easy. Because less dirt and grime will adhere onto surfaces such as glass and bodywork, you’ll spend less time cleaning your car.
Personally, sending my car for one thorough detailing service, having it emerge shinier than ever, and only needing to periodically wash it to maintain its newfound lustre, sounds like a fantastic proposition to me.
Professional detailers can sometimes do a more thorough job than fastidious owners.