The Car Coach: Quick Detail
In a perfect world, we'd have time to wash our cars every weekend and wax them as necessary to maintain the factory finish as long as possible. In reality, few of us spend as much time on car care as we should. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, has some helpful information.
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Knowing that time is always of the essence, the car-care industry developed "instant detailers." These products are formulated to give paint that "wet look" without having to wash and wax the car. They typically contain shine-fortifying chemicals and are roughly the automotive equivalent of Pledge or Endust. Instant detailers help get rid of dust, fingerprints and smudges without stripping the wax.
Realize that instant detailers aren't for extremely dirty cars. Ideally, use a car-duster first to remove loose grit.
Applying a detail spray is probably the quickest, easiest visual improvement you could perform on your car. They elevate shine tremendously while making wiping away dirt, dust and smudges an effortless task. Detail sprays are meant to top off your wax or paint sealant, not stand in for them. You apply a detail spray as a way to extend the life of your protectant.
These are great for stretching the time between major details to keep your car looking fresh.
Spray and wipe to detail under the hood, door jambs, trunk decks, bumpers, and glass! Detailing sprays literally can be used on the entire exterior for an instant gloss. Keep it in your glove compartment to use anytime you want to restore the just-waxed finish.
Tips For Best Results:
•The car should be cool, although most instant detailers can be applied in the daylight.
•Spray-on the instant detailer in sections.
•Distribute the detailer evenly using a dry towel; microfiber-style towels work best.
•Buff the detailer dry before it evaporates with a clean portion of the towel.
•If the instant detailer won't buff out easily, the car needs to be waxed.
•Look for a name brand product you recognize. If you buy poor quality products, you’ll get what you pay for. A name brand will offer advanced formulas that make it easy to keep your car cleaner, longer.