MO­TOR CUL­TURE: LAST­ING LUSTRE

Main­tain­ing your car’s shine doesn’t al­ways re­quire mul­ti­ple groom­ing ses­sions.

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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.

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