All things considered, there’s really one reason most people detail their car, and that’s to have it looking as if it were brand new. Whether you’re a wash-every-week person or a casual waxer, it’s always a good feeling when your car turns heads. Read past the break to find out how to keep your car looking great and standing out from the crowd.
Go For Glaze
When automotive paint starts to look dull and dingy, the logical plan of attack is to wash, polish, and protect your car. If you’re like me, however, you’re proactive enough to not let your paint get too beaten up—the key here is protecting regularly. In such a scenario you really shouldn’t need to bust out a polish. I suggest a glaze instead, just before you’re about to wax or seal your car’s finish. Glazes are far less abrasive than polishes and are designed to fill in imperfections just barely visible to the human eye. Glaze the car, seal it up, and you’ll be turning heads in no time.
Polish Your Metal Accents
The majority of cars I see on the road are covered in filth to begin with, but typically it’s cars with murky metal accents that look the worst. A simple chrome/metal polish will brighten up rims, trim and the like with little effort. Trust me, it makes a difference when your metal accents are gleaming as you cruise down the street. If you’re in a hot rod or custom chopper you know exactly what I’m talking about, and even if you aren’t, chances are it still hits home. There’s nothing like sparkling chrome to compliment a clean car—don’t let yours bring you down.
De-fade The Trim
Faded grey trim is but one thing: disgusting. As sickening as it is to witness, poorly treated trim is the most common ailment of daily drivers. Truth is, most car owners don’t figure to condition things like weather stripping, wiper reservoirs, or plastic trim, but when they do, you notice it. When you buy your car these surfaces are deep, rich, and dark—there’s no reason not to keep it that way. Buy a conditioning plastic sealant, take 15 minutes out of your day, and get it done. Your car will love you and so will those of us who notice the extra effort you put in.
Tires, Tires, Tires
Much like your car’s plastic or rubber trim, its tires get pretty beaten up while on the road. We harp on this a lot, but conditioning your tires regularly has a number of benefits. Your car looks newer, the walls of your tires last longer, and you avoid premature cracking due to weather and the many environmental contaminants your tires come into contact with. Do this and you’ll cap off that new car look and be the envy of every Jerry and Jane on the block.
If you’re looking for a little extra attention on your Sunday cruise or just want to keep your investment looking its best, look no further. These four simple tips will pay huge dividends both in the long run and the very minute you complete them, so what are you waiting for? Pay your car the attention it deserves and you’ll turn more heads than a Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
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