How do I make my car shiny?

I love my new Ford F150, but it is already looking a little dull and dirty. How do I make my car shine like it is fresh off the lot?

Nick Kunze · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s a bummer how quickly our new cars can go from shiny to dull. Fortunately, you can get the perfect shine at home with a home wash and the right supplies.
To get your car’s paint shining like new, you’ll need a few supplies. You can pick these items up in most auto part stores:
  • Car washing liquid
  • Car wax
  • Chamois cloths
  • Polishing kit
  • Detailing clay
First, use a hose to thoroughly wet your vehicle and wash it with the car washing liquid. You’ll want a strong car shampoo to get all of the buildup off of your car. After your car is dry, use detailing clay to remove any surface dirt. Then, use a polishing kit to polish and get rid of any imperfections in the paint.
Your final step is to give your car a thorough wax to seal the paint. This can be time-consuming, so make sure you have a few hours set aside.
Once you’ve done that, your car should be as good as new. To keep your car running in top condition, you’ll want good
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