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Car Washing Tips

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Q: If the vinyl, plastic or rubber surfaces inside my car are already faded or cracked, will a protectant help?

A: While regular use of protectants can help forestall additional deterioration, it won't repair the existing damage.


Q: Is it true that once I start using a protectant, I have to keep using it forever?

A: Absolutely not! Just like a shoe can't become addicted to polish, no surface can become addicted to a protectant. Of course, without polish your shoes will become dull, but that's from neglect, not because the leather is addicted to the polish!


Q: What about the paint?

A: The first step in paint care is removing loose dirt with a good car wash. Avoid dish soaps, which may strip wax and can leave a film on the surface, making it difficult for a protective coating to adhere to the paint. Instead, use a foaming car wash solution.


Q: Any more car washing tips?

A: Start with vacuuming. It's easier to remove loose dirt from doorjambs while it's dry rather than after it's turned to mud. If you wait to vacuum until after your exterior is clean, you will just blow dirt all over your newly shined car. If you vacuum first, you won't be dragging the appliance's electric cord through puddles in your driveway.

If possible, it is best to wash your car in a shaded area. Direct sunlight can dry unrinsed areas too soon and cause streaking.