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6 Easy Car Cleaning Tips This Summer

August 28th, 2023 |

Summer is a great time to be outdoors. But whether you’re driving to vacation spots or the beach, or just using your car a lot in the sun and heat, its exterior can get caked in dirt, dust, pollen, and grime before you know it. Don’t panic—just check out these car cleaning tips so the paint will continue looking new all summer long.

6 Summer Car Care Tips

Check out these summer car tips to wash and detail your car effectively and maintain the look of its paint job.

1. Use a Carwash Solution

A cleaning formula explicitly made for vehicles is best to maintain your car’s protective coating. Unfortunately, too many people grab their regular dishwashing liquid, pour it into a bucket, and add water. Detergents strip away wax coatings that protect your car’s finish, leaving it susceptible to scratches, nicks, and stains.

Regular trips through the drive-thru car wash at Take 5 will keep your vehicle clean quickly and efficiently. Make sure to wait at least 90 days after any body or paint work to avoid voiding the warranty.

A professional cleaning can also take care of bird droppings and bug splatters from summer road trips and longer highway drives. Allowing these materials to remain on your car can lead to paint damage due to the high acid content, so washing them away as soon as possible is essential.

2. Apply Acid-Free Tire Cleaner

Use a tire cleaner without acid to effectively clean dirty tires and remove caked-on brake dust from wheels. Non-acid products from any retail store or car maintenance shop help bare alloy wheels resist oxidizing and pitting. These products are beneficial for wheels painted with color or clear coatings.

3. Hand Dry After Washing

Don’t let your car air dry after a wash, as leftover minerals and dirt will remain on your car’s surface once the water has evaporated. Instead, dry the surface with micro cloths or a rubber-blade squeegee.

4. Wax Thoroughly

Proper car paint care requires a regular application of a clear coat of wax. Wax is essential and will wear off after a few weeks in the hot sun and warm rains. Use paste wax or the liquid variety to effectively cover minor scratches and stains before they eat away at your paint.

5. Don’t Forget the Glass

After you’ve cleaned the rest of your car’s exterior, clean the glass to eliminate excess grime and dirt. Use a cleaning product without ammonia to avoid streaks. An ammonia-based product inside your car may damage vinyl upholstery and your instrument panel. Finish buffing the glass with a microfiber towel.

6. Polish the Wood

If your car has imitation or natural wood, regularly wipe the area with a damp, clean cloth. Then apply wax to give the material a new luster.

Consider a Fresh Paint Job

Another way to protect your vehicle’s exterior is to bring it to Maaco for a fresh paint job. Our technicians apply specialty paint products to help protect your car from the effects of the sun in several ways:

  • Protects Exterior from UV Rays
  • Protects Base Paint with a Clear Coat
  • Prevents Oxidation
  • Enhances Reflectivity
  • Reduces Paint Damage

A Maaco paint job goes beyond just improving the appearance of your car; it serves as a crucial line of defense against the damaging effects of the sun. By using high-quality UV-resistant paints and clear coats, Maaco helps protect your car's paint from fading, oxidation, and other sun-induced damage. With proper care and maintenance, a Maaco paint job can keep your car's exterior looking stunning and protected for years to come.

Summertime Maintenance

Whenever you wash your car, do a quick inspection for scratches, dings, or chips. Addressing these issues promptly by having them repaired prevents rust and further damage. You can also protect your vehicle further by regularly applying wax and sealant to its surface after a wash.

Paint scratches occur when someone or something grazes your car, while chips occur when tires crush gravel or stones and send them flying into the vehicle’s painted surface. Damage, like paint oxidation, occurs over time and often in response to sun exposure. You’ll begin to notice oxidation when a large area of your car’s surface shows off-white, unattractive blotches.

If you discover more extensive dings, scratches, or rust damage, contact Maaco for an evaluation and professional car paint maintenance tips.

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