Getting The Best Shine

Taking care of your vehicle is important, both inside and out. We all know to keep up with our regularly scheduled maintenance for our beloved Chevy or GMC vehicle. But what about the outside?

Waxing is a very important step in maintaining the outer appearance of your car or truck. This keeps your vehicle looking fresh, clean and up-kept. There’s nothing more refreshing than looking out and seeing that glorious shine on your ride. Others take notice too when it’s done correctly. How does one apply wax in the correct way? We will give you a few tips.

First, and most important, is where you wax. You shouldn’t do this outside if all possible. If you do not have a garage or carport, try to keep it under shade. The sun will cause the wax to harden too fast. Additionally, never wax in extreme temperatures of hot and cold.

Second, apply the wax according to the type. If you have a paste wax, apply a small amount to a sponge first. If you’re using a liquid wax, apply in a narrow straight line directly onto the area to be waxed. In either types, it is important to remember not to use excess amounts of wax. Extra wax will only build up and harden into a look you do not want. Do not try to wax the entire car at once. Do this in stages or small sections.

Buffing is the step most people can get wrong. You can’t use any old towel, t-shirt or rag for this job. To get the best look, and to avoid scratching your paint, use a microfiber or terrycloth towel. These are not too expensive and can be found at any auto supply store. Always buff in a circular motion. If you want an extra shine, use a double layer of wax. Allow the first coat to cure and buff it out. Then repeat.

If your vehicle has streaks, use a spray bottle filled with water and ½ teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol. Spray this on and wipe with a clean cloth. We hope you use these fantastic tips from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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