In automotive paint care, washing and cleaning are not the same. While they sound similar, they are vastly different procedures. Washing removes loose contaminants from your finish like dust, road grime, and fresh bird droppings. We’ll cover cleaning in Step 2. A common misconception is that dish washing detergent is safe to use as car wash. Absolutely not!Detergents are formulated to strip everything off of the surface, leaving it squeaky clean. A squeaky paint finish tells you that it has no protection. With repeated use, dish washing detergents remove everything from your paint finish including waxes, silicones and polymers. Once this is accomplished, they then proceed to remove the life giving oils in your paint finish, actually accelerating the oxidation process. All of Meguiar’s car wash products are pH balanced and specifically formulated to enhance the appearance and protection of automotive paint finishes.
Cleaning, or Surface Preparation, removes stubborn, bonded above surface contaminants, as well as below-surface defects, like stains, blemishes and oxidation. After your car is washed, pass your fingertips over the surface. Do you feel roughness like micro speed bumps on your paint? If so, these are above-surface, bonded contaminants. Generally, you’ll notice this contamination on your car’s horizontal surfaces, but you may also see small, dark spots/ specks on the rear and lower surfaces of a light colored car. Over time, these contaminants will dull your paint and rob your car of its shine. Fortunately, Meguiar’s® Smooth Surface™ Clay Kit includes everything that you need to safely, and easily, remove bonded contaminants. And no, clay bars are NOT only for professional use. If you have ever played with Silly Putty, you can use clay
Waxing protects the paint finish from the elements by coating it with waxes, polymers, resins and silicones. In addition to protecting, wax can also ¡°lock-in¡± the gloss to create brilliance, deepen/ enrich dark colors and offer other benefits, such as water beading and light swirl removal depending on the formulation. All of Meguiar¡¯s waxes are clear coat safe, with choices available in paste, liquid or spray depending on your needs and preferences. Note that every car and car owner is different, as are the environments in which they live and how they are cared for. All of these variables affect how long a wax lasts. Generally speaking, we recommend waxing your car 3-4 times per year, but more frequent waxing is OK!
Detailing your vehicle always comes down to the finer details. Now that you¡¯ve restored and protected your paint, what do you do with all the non-painted surfaces like vinyl, cladding, headlights and glass? Well, Meguiar¡¯s has you covered! Meguiar¡¯s Ultimate Black will bring back to life any faded and tired looking rubber, plastic or vinyl trim. This special formula will also last through rain storms and multiple washing, without leaving those ugly black streaks that run down the side of your car like other trim restoring products. And have you noticed all those yellowed and hazy headlights on the road? Plastic Headlights take a lot of abuse, whether it¡¯s damaging UV rays, fine scratches or road grime, they also need attention. Meguiar¡¯s full line of headlight restoration products can restore even the most severely oxidized headlights; or prevent your new cars lenses from ever fading in the first place.