Nothing dampens the excitement of driving a new car like fresh scratches, dings, and dulling of your vehicle’s paint and exterior. The best way to maintain your new car enthusiasm, as well as your vehicle’s new car appearance, is by performing regular cleaning, touch-ups, and polishing of your car or truck’s interior and exterior surfaces. However, it is important to use the correct products for the job in order to prevent causing more damage to the surface as you attempt to repair existing damage. Here are a few tips to get you going.
Know your Products
Although they may look similar, waxes, polishes, and rubbing compounds all have their own specific intended uses. Because of their very specific purposes, these products typically contain different ingredients and quantities of abrasive materials; making it important that you choose the right product for the right job. Before you use any product you should wash the area and dry it completely to avoid causing further damage.
Rubbing Compound – This is the most abrasive of the three categories. Rubbing compounds are intended for use when removing deep scratches. Think of rubbing compound as similar to course sandpaper when doing woodwork. It is responsible for dealing with larger more invasive damage and will leave behind light to medium scratches of its own that will need to be removed with polish.
Polish – Polish works best on light to medium paint scratches. This is what you will use when buffing out minor marks in the paint from blowing sand or using rubbing compound to remove deeper damage.
Wax – Wax is for protecting your paint’s surface while providing your vehicle with the new car shine that you fell in love with. Wax should be used periodically to restore your vehicle’s finish after you do a thorough cleaning of your car or truck’s exterior.
Unlike when working with wood, you do not want to use the harshest or most abrasive products first. Doing so could expand the already existing damage. The best way to repair minor paint issues is with as delicate of a touch as possible. So, starting with a mild polish before moving on to more abrasive products could save you not only
money but time and effort as well. Although, if the more gentle product does not provide the results that you are looking for, you may have to use a more aggressive product and then go over it a second time with the gentler polish afterward to achieve your desired results.
Read the Labels
Not all polishes, waxes, and cleaning compounds do the same thing. Before grabbing just any old compound, polish, or wax off the shelf and using it, carefully read the label’s instructions and ingredients to make sure that you will be using the product as it is intended to be used.
Protecting your investment’s appearance takes effort as you must protect it from the environmental elements, road debris, and everyday abuse. That is why it is very important to spend some time reviewing the different products on the market, and then use the right product for the right job.