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First, you need to figure if your car needs a simple wash or the full package. Most times, recently waxed, polished, or new vehicles need a simple wash and wax. However, if your vehicle has experienced exposure to different elements without attention for a couple of months, it’ll most likely need more.
Before you begin washing, rinse off your car to remove loose dirt and debris. To clean your vehicle’s surfaces properly, utilize a natural sponge or specific car washing mitts. After you’ve washed the car’s body fully, thoroughly clean the windows with an ammonia-free product that is strictly used just for cars. Next, you’ll want to switch to an acid-free, low-strength pH balanced aluminum wheel cleaner to clean your wheels and tires.
Have a few contaminants like tree sap attached to your car’s surface? Gently use a clay bar to buff away the contaminants stuck onto your vehicle. To smooth out any tiny scratches underneath the surface, apply 2-4 coats of a dual-action compound polisher to complete this step.
The best type of polish is dual-action. The polish oils give your vehicle a sleek, glossy look that’ll make your car look fresh. To apply it, simply use a soft towel or orbital buffer. Orbital buffers may work faster but they show a less finished look on your car. Additionally, be mindful when debris comes between the pad and your car, it could scratch the paint.
Car wax doesn’t just improve your vehicle’s appearance, it helps the car retain its sheen and protects the paint from UV rays. Polymer and Carnauba are two of the most common car waxes on the market. Polymer wax might be a little more expensive than Carnauba, but, it doesn’t need as much time to set and doesn’t haze.
Now you may wonder how often to wash a car, well it depends on how often you drive. Do you usually find yourself running errands or are you more adventurous on thoseBelen roads? For instance, if you’re traveling from Los Lunas to work, you’ll want to wash your car every two weeks then wax every six months. Let’s say you’re taking your Lexus RX 350 off-road for an adventure, you’ll need to clean it right after.
Still not confident how to wash a car correctly or how often to wash a car? Lexus of Albuquerque is here to help and answer any questions! Not only do we offer useful car-washing tips, the certified service technicians in our service department provide expert auto care for your Lexus vehicle. Make sure to contact us about our current service specials to receive a great deal!