Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated May 28, 2010)
Caring for your car's finish is one of the easiest and most often overlooked part of automotive care. When was the last time you washed AND waxed your car? Take some time to educate yourself about washing your car. If done incorrectly, you could actually be killing its appearance instead of improving it.
One of the more important reasons for washing your car is to not only get rid of the dirt that accumulates, but to also remove the harsh pollutants that can literally eat through any paint job. When you wash your car, use the same type of soap each time. If you are doing your own washing, make sure that you never put the sponge down on the ground while it is wet or it is going to have some dirt and grit stick to it, which could scratch your paint job.
Polishing and waxing your vehicle is also an important part of protecting its finish. Only polish or wax right after you have washed your car. If you do it any other time, you run the risk of having harsh abrasives (i.e., dirt) rubbed into the finish and scratching it.
Check the label of the wax or polish to see if it contains any harsh abrasives that you might not want to use on your vehicle. Carefully read and follow the directions and you'll have a beautiful car.
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