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Top 10 Tips to Keep your Car Looking New

A car with well-maintained paintwork will always look younger than one with chips and scratches.

SOME PEOPLE are obsessive about looking after their cars, parking in spaces far from where they need to be, just so other inconsiderate owners donít open their doors into yours, or carefully removing every little mark as soon as it appears.

But even these people often make the most basic mistakes when it comes to keeping their cars looking like new.

So, hereís what NOT to do to your own car.

As much as you may jump at the chance to dream about what you need in an auto, it's best to think more about what you require ó not a few seconds ago, but rather later on, as well. Usefulness should trump streak. Here are some handy contemplations to remember:

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1. Use an automated car wash with swirling brushes. Notice that those brushes are called ďswirlingĒ brushes and thatís exactly what theyíll do to your paint.

Even if you donít notice it, youíve probably added a whole swag of new swirl marks to your paintwork.

Those brushes in car washes are seldom cleaned so the accumulated sand, grit and other debris is being swirled across your paintwork every time the brush passes over.

Some car washes use synthetic brushes that are better at shedding dirt and debris, but ití still not failsafe.

2. Go to a car wash where attendants dry your car. If there are people hand drying your car after itís passed through the car wash, it can be almost as bad as using a brushing car wash because chances are the towels they are using havenít been washed.

Drying your car with a dirty towel simply swirls the grit from other cars around your paintwork. Nasty

3. Use a high pressure ďtouchlessĒ car wash. So you think taking your car to a self-serve or touchless high pressure wash will protect your paintwork? Wrong again.

If your car is exceptionally dirty, hitting it with high pressure water can push debris across your paintwork and still cause those awful swirl marks.

Even if the car is relatively clean, you arenít safe. Many car washes use recycled water and no matter how hard they try, or what they tell you, it isnít possible to remove all the contaminants, so every squirt of high pressure water is effectively sand-blasting your paintwork.

Another problem with these car washes is they may use a higher concentration of detergent which will quickly strip off the wax you so carefully applied (you do apply wax, donít you?)

And as if that isnít bad enough, touchless car washes donít even remove all the dirt from your car. Look closely and youíll see a hazy film of grime remains on the surface after the wash.

If you still decide to use a touchless self-serve car wash, always start the wash on high-pressure rinse and before you point it at your car, run it for at least 20 seconds against the wall to clear out any harsh chemicals left in the lines.

4. Leave bird droppings on the car until the next wash. Birds must have an evil sense of humour, because no matter how far away from a tree you park, one of the little buggers will let fly and leave a deposit on your paintwork.

The likelihood of this happening is in direct proportion to how recently you washed the car. Bird droppings contain acid that can cause damage to the paint surface.

It is even worse under direct sunlight. The best advice is to wash bird droppings off your car as soon as possible Ė the longer it sits there, the more damage it can do.

5. Donít wash your car, because ďitís only going to get dirty againĒ. Thereís a sense of inevitability, especially during winter, that as soon as you wash your car it will rain and undo all your good work.

However, the longer all that muck and dirt sits on your paintwork, the more damage it can do, so cleaning it off, even if the car is likely to get dirty again, is good pre-emptive practice.

6. Sit nice and close behind that vehicle in front. Some people seem to delight in sitting as close to the vehicle ahead as they possibly can.

Not only is this a stupid and dangerous practice, it also peppers your car with debris. For every clink you hear hitting the bonnet or windscreen, there are probably three more taking aim at your bodywork, grille, headlights, bumpers and other vulnerable parts.

And as for sitting close behind large trucks, be warned: the larger the tyres, the bigger the projectiles.

7. Find yourself a great parking spot near a freeway or in an industrial area. We all know how hard it can be to find a convenient parking space, but donít be tempted to park anywhere near a busy freeway, railway line or in a heavy industrial area.

While dark coloured cars are susceptible to swirl marks, cars with lighter coloured paint are affected by dust and other fallout that rains from above.

What appears to be tiny flecks of rust in your paintwork is actually microscopic pieces of metal and other pollutants sent into the atmosphere from car and train brakes.

They sit there unnoticed until they bloom as tiny rust dots all over your paintwork.

Caught early, they can often be wiped off, but once they get established, youíll need a clay bar or even an acid wash to get rid of them.

8. Brake hard and often. This is another stupid behaviour that increases the risk of somebody tail-ending you, but it also creates more brake dust residue to settle on your own car.

Not only will you find yourself replacing brake pads and rotors more often, youíll be looking at getting your car detailed to preserve the finish.

9. Leave that ice and snow on the car Ė itíll fall off eventually. Maybe not a problem that afflicts too many Australian drivers, but ice, frost and snow do occasionally cover the roof, windscreen, boot and bonnet.

While ice and snow on their own wonít scratch the paintwork as they slide over it, the dirt and debris underneath it will. Remove ice, snow or frost carefully, or wait for it to melt before moving off.

10. Donít bother waxing your car twice a year. Wax is a protective coating for your paintwork and over time it breaks down. It should be applied each year before winter and again before summer.

Use a reputable brand, apply it in the shade and take your time.

See? Giving your car that unloved patina isnít really so difficult. But keeping your precious paintwork looking like new is possible if you follow this relatively simple advice.

And apart from the satisfaction of owning and driving a smart car, youíll benefit when itís time to trade it in or sell it privately.

 

 

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Source: msn.com"

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