Car care is a significant part of the maintenance of your vehicle. It’s essential to know how to clean and wash a car so that it looks nice and shiny, but there are also other things you can do to keep it looking like glass. There are several ways to make a car shine like glass, but one of the most important things is to keep it clean. The best way to do this is with a good quality car wash soap with no abrasives.
The best car wash soap is one that contains no abrasives and does not contain wax. You can use a brush or sponge to apply the soap, but rinse it off entirely before drying your vehicle. To make a car shine like glass, you’ll also need to clean the windows and mirrors with unique cleaner products.
Step by Step guide on how to make a car shine:
Step 1: Cleaning and Washing the car.
The first thing you need to do is clean your car. The most important thing is to wash it with a good quality car shampoo and soft sponge, then use a good quality microfiber cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris on the surface of your vehicle.
To make sure that everything inside your vehicle stays clean as well, follow these steps:
- Use a hose attachment to spray down the windows, so they look like they’re new again! This will help eliminate all types of dirt, including grime from road salt that gets into cracks over time (and can cause rust).
- Clean all parts inside and outside, using an old towel or rag, so that no water gets onto anything else. However, only clean the insides of things like mirrors—don’t use this method on any other surfaces!
- When you’re done cleaning, dry the surface of your vehicle with a clean towel or rag to ensure that it doesn’t get any wet spots on it. If you see any streaks after drying, use a microfiber cloth to buff them out—this will help create a shiny finish!
Step 2: Degreasing:
Now that you have the paint clean and ready to polish, it’s time to degrease.
Degreasing is a process that removes contaminants from your vehicle’s paintwork by using a chemical cleaner and water. It should be done before polishing so that your paint can be easier to polish and prevent any damage during this step.
There are two types of degreasers: clay bars and all-purpose cleaners (which contain wax).
Clay bars are the best choice for degreasing because they remove contaminants without leaving any residue. An all-purpose cleaner will leave a finish on your vehicle’s paint, making it harder to polish.
An all-purpose cleaner will work fine if you don’t have access to a clay bar. Just be sure to rinse it before moving on to the next step. If you have access to a pressure washer, it’s also recommended that you use it to clean your car before polishing.
This can help remove dirt and debris from your vehicle’s surface and wash off any loose contaminants that may be left behind after wiping down with soapy water.
Step 3: Polishing:
Polishing is the process of removing the swirls and scratches on your paint. You’ll need to use a polisher or rubbing compound to do this. Polishing compounds come in two forms: paste and liquid. Both effectively remove imperfections from your car’s finish, but they work differently depending on how you want to apply them (more on later).
For this guide, we’ll be focusing on liquid polishing compounds. Liquid polishing compounds are easy to use and apply thinly over your vehicle’s paint. To get started, you’ll need the following:
- A bucket filled with water.
- The appropriate polish (we recommend Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound).
- A soft, clean polishing pad.
- A high-quality microfiber towel.
- An applicator pad (optional).
- A slow speed buffer or polisher (optional).
While polishing any car, it’s essential to prepare the surface by washing it thoroughly and letting it dry completely. Once the surface is clean, you’ll need to choose the right tools, including a high-speed orbital polisher and the appropriate polishing pad and compound.
Apply the polish to the surface using the polisher, working in a circular motion, and covering a small area at a time. Multiple passes with progressively finer pads and compounds may be required depending on the severity of the scratches and the desired level of shine.
After polishing, it’s applying a wax or sealant is essential to protect the paint and maintain its appearance. Polishing can be time-consuming, but the result is a smoother, shinier, and more protected paint job.
Step 4: Paint Correction
Paint correction is a process that involves removing imperfections in a vehicle’s paint job, such as swirl marks, scratches, oxidation, and water spots. This process can be done through machine polishing and hand sanding using specialized tools and products.
The goal of paint correction is to restore the paint’s original shine and luster and to prepare it for additional protection, such as waxing or ceramic coating. The level of correction required will depend on the imperfections’ severity and the paint’s condition.
Paint correction can be time-consuming and require significant skill, but it can significantly improve the appearance of a vehicle and add value. Before starting the process, it is essential to carefully assess the paint and choose the right tools and products to achieve the best results.
Step 5: Paint protection:
Paint protection is a term used to describe various methods and products to preserve the appearance and integrity of a vehicle’s paint job. This can range from simple washes and waxes to more complex solutions like ceramic coatings and paint sealants.
The purpose of paint protection is to create a barrier between the paint and the environment, preventing damage from UV rays, bird droppings, tree sap, and other elements that can harm the finish.
By maintaining the paint’s appearance, paint protection also helps retain the vehicle’s resale value. Some popular forms of paint protection include traditional waxes, synthetic sealants, ceramic coatings, and explicit bra films. Each method has its unique benefits and drawbacks, so it’s essential to carefully research and choose the right solution for your vehicle.
There are several ways to protect a vehicle’s paint job:
- Wash and Wax: Regular washing and waxing can help maintain the paint’s shine and protect it from the elements. Use high-quality car soap and a soft cloth or sponge to wash the vehicle, and apply a wax or sealant every 3 to 6 months.
- Ceramic Coatings: Ceramic coatings are a clear, durable, and heat-resistant coating that can be applied to the paint surface to provide long-lasting protection.
- Explicit Bra Films: Clear bra films are transparent, thin vinyl films that can be applied to the front of a vehicle to protect the paint from rocks, debris, and other impacts.
- Garage or Carport: Parking your vehicle in a garage or carport can help protect it from the sun, rain, and other elements that can cause damage.
A: A polisher or buffer can make waxing and polishing much easier and quicker, but it’s unnecessary. You can still achieve a good shine by hand; it just takes more time and effort.