Summer is almost upon us, now whilst its important to prepare your car for winter, summer motoring poses its own threats to your vehicles finish. Here are our 5 top tips for getting your car prepared for simple summer cleaning.
Its a good idea to give your vehicles paint a good deep clean at least once a year, so why not now? With good light and weather spring/summer is the perfect time. We would advise at least giving your paint work a clay bar treatment and pre wax cleanse, you can find guides on these processes here: How to clay your car, a guide on polishing your car.
Fading from the sun, air born contaminates and bugs are just a few of the threats summer poses on your paintwork finish, but a good coat of wax will help protect from the ill effects.
You know that feeling, you go to wash your car and end up scrubbing off those bugs from all over the front of your car, its hard work and its not ideal for the paint finish. However an extra coat or two of wax on the leading edges (front bumper, bonnet, wing mirrors etc) can help prevent them adhering and/or etching the finish, try it out and reap the rewards next time you wash your car.
UV is the biggest threat to trim, faded trim can really age a car, and whilst in most cases it can be restored, prevention is better than cure. Applying a good trim protectant to exterior trim such as scuttles, and grills is well worth the time and effort.
5: Wiper blades
I know its sounds strange but its easy to forget about your wiper blades in the summer months, but this is when the highest rate of deterioration occurs. To help keep them in tip top condition apply a fine coat of trim gel and buff till dry, this will help prevent perishing and protect from the effects of UV damage.