How do you keep car paint shiny?

I’m getting an incredible new car after basically owning a potato on wheels, and I really want to take great care it, starting with the paint. My last car had the worst dull, uneven paint job imaginable. How can I keep my new car’s paint looking new?

Answer
Congratulations on getting a new ride! Keeping your car’s paint in good condition is a labor of love that requires diligence—but it’s easier than you might think!
Commit to regularly caring for your car’s exterior by following the steps below.
1. Wash your car. Prepare two buckets of water: one without soap and one with soap (dish soap is fine for this). Begin cleaning your car in sections, starting with the roof and working your way down. Be careful not to drop your sponge or mitt—if it picks up dirt or gravel it could create small scratches in your paint!
2. Remove surface contaminants. Get a plastic bag, put your hand inside it, and run it along the surface of your car. This will allow you to feel tiny contaminants on the paint that you would not otherwise notice. These contaminants can lead to inconsistencies in your car’s paint over time. To prevent that, purchase some detailing clay from your local auto shop and follow the directions to apply it to the contaminated area.
3. Inspect/repair the paint. Look for signs of damage like scratches. If you find any minor scratches, they can be fixed with some rubbing compound, also available at your local auto shop.
4. Polish your car to get rid of those tiny scratches and swirl marks. Standard car polish will help you achieve the shine that you’re after. Consider purchasing a rotary or dual-action polisher to help you with the polishing process—they will usually help you achieve better results than hand polishing.
5. Apply sealant to ensure that your paint retains its new shine as long as possible. Sealants will typically protect your car’s paint for months. Do some research to figure out which sealants work best for your car and your budget.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
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