CAR CARE TIPS: Rustblock® Automotive Corrosion Protection offers car care tips on how you can maintain the paint surface of your vehicle.
RUSTBLOCK®: Taking care of your vehicle
CAR CARE TIPS: PAINT
CAR CARE TIPS: How often should I wash my vehicle?
Washing a vehicle is very important. You must keep dust, dirt and grime from adhering itself to your paint and possibly damaging your paint. Your car should be washed at least once a week to prevent any dirt buildup and paint damage.
CAR CARE TIPS: What is the best way to wash my vehicle?
First, never use any household detergents. These detergents were designed to strip grease and grime and can strip off your car's wax protection. A good rule of thumb: If the product came from the kitchen, it is designed to stay in the kitchen. Use only a quality car wash shampoo specifically made for washing cars.
Second, use a large bucket (at least 5 gallons) so that dirt particles sink to the bottom and the fresh suds and water you apply are free of major contamination. Some people use two buckets, one for rinsing and one for the suds.
Third, do not wash your car in the sun. Make sure the vehicle's surface is cool to the touch by hosing down the entire vehicle starting from the bottom. Using a quality wash mitt wash from the top down, focusing on one portion of the car at a time. Now rinse the vehicle by running a slow stream of water instead of high pressure spray, this will reduce water spots and drying time.
Fourth, once the vehicle is washed and rinsed, take a clean 100% cotton cloth or chamois to wipe off the water starting at the top. Rinse the chamois frequently in a clean bucket of water to avoid any dirt being trapped and possibly scratching your paint. Wipe around all doors, hood, trunk and your gas filler door.
NOTE: Examine your paint for stubborn roadway contaminants. If bugs or road tar are apparent use a commercial bug and tar remover to get these areas clean. (always follow directions)
CAR CARE TIPS: How do I wash my wheels?
Washing the wheels should be the first thing you do. Again, make sure the wheel is cool to the touch before spraying any wheel cleaning product. These products will help remove road grime and brake dust. Determine what type of wheel you have, is it aluminum, chrome or a clearcoat painted? Once determined use the appropriate cleaner. You can also use a multi-purpose wheel cleaner if you're not sure of the type of wheel you have. Finally, apply a vinyl conditioner on your tires, allow the product to soak for one minute or two, then wipe off the excess with a rag.
CAR CARE TIPS: What is a clear coat?
Most modern car finishes consist of a primer, a base coating that contains the color, and a protective clear coat. Clear coats are simply clear paints applied over a color base coat. This outer clear coat adds UV protection that helps prevent the sun's rays from fading out the base paint.
CAR CARE TIPS: How do I know if I have a clear coat?
Most new vehicles today have clear coats. An easy way to tell is by looking at your cloth when applying a polish. If you see color on the rag, then the paint is not clear coated. If there is no color, then there probably is a clear coat.
CAR CARE TIPS: What is the difference between a wax and a polish?
There is a great deal of confusion today regarding this. Due to marketing efforts by some companies, the two terms have almost become interchangeable. A polish is just that, a polish, and most of the time contains abrasives, fine or coarse, to polish the paint to a smooth finish and remove oxidation. We recommend to have your car polished at a professional detail center.
Wax is designed to protect the area that has been polished. Waxes containing carnauba are recommended by paint manufacturers since they provide a hard protective barrier between your paint and the environment.
CAR CARE TIPS: How long does a car wax last?
There is no standard answer to how long a car wax will last. There are many variables that influence the durability of wax such as: type and color of paint, condition of paint, environmental conditions, hours kept outdoors, quality of wax used, and how often the car is washed. We recommend using a quality wax every 3 to 4 months, or as needed.
CAR CARE TIPS: How do I wax my car?
A coat of wax acts as a shield to protect your car's finish from the environment. It is recommended to wax your vehicle in a shaded area and to only do a few panels at a time. If your paint is too hot, the wax you apply will dry up too quickly and may become difficult to remove. Apply wax with a moist applicator. Apply the wax using a straight motion. Allow the product to dry to a haze, then use a dry, clean, soft cotton rag to wipe off the wax. Turn the cloth over regularly to avoid wax clumping on the cloth. Shake out your towels periodically and/or change your rag.
Once you finish the car, take a clean rag and rub any areas that look cloudy. Use a soft bristle tooth brush to remove any wax that gets into hard to reach creases. Try to avoid applying wax on rubber mouldings or unpainted bumpers, wax can be extremely difficult to remove on these surfaces.