Easy Steps to Caring for Car Exterior

It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you have; Whether it’s a hybrid, sports car or sports vehicle, most people want their ride to look the best it can. The problem is that most people don’t know how to take care of their car’s exterior apart from the usual washing and drying. While this can give your vehicle a clean exterior, if you want it to look shiny and like new, there are a few steps you need to follow. This is explained below.


The first thing you need to do is wash your car. This is quite easy and something almost all vehicle owners do on a regular basis. Road dirt, grime, bugs or tar can all be removed at the washing stage to reduce the chances of your car being scratched. When washing make sure you use a specific car wash soap and not dish soap as this can damage the exterior of your car making it more susceptible to the elements over time. It’s also a good idea to use a rag designed specifically for cars, again eliminating the chance of getting scratched during the process.

Use Clay Bar

Most people have never heard of clay bars but most auto shops will sell them. Basically they are used after washing your vehicle because they remove anything that failed to wash. To complete this step, you’ll also need a microfiber towel and some clay lubricant. After shaping the clay into a disc shape, spray the lubricant on the clay and the car, then all over your car, including the windows. Finally, use a microfiber towel to wipe off any remaining grease.


Many people are skeptical about using wheel buffing so if you don’t like using one of these, look into using orbital buffers instead along with buffing compound (be sure to choose the right compound for your vehicle as these differ depending on the finish). To polish your car, spread a little compound on the surface of the car, and then using the orbital wheel move in a straight line along the surface of the car. You don’t need to apply a lot of pressure to the stand unless you have a few clear scratches and moving back and forth slowly along the surface of the car is enough to give it a good coat.


The last thing you need to do is polish your car. To do this, you will need a polishing wax which is again specifically intended for use on cars; You can apply this manually with a microfiber applicator or with the buffing wheel you used in the previous step. A microfiber towel should then be used to remove any remaining wax.

You may find the above four steps tedious, but when done right, you’re guaranteed to have a car that looks as good as when you bought it.