When it comes to our cars, we always want them looking their absolute best – pristine and blemish-free. It’s a constant battle keeping our vehicles scratch-free especially when they’re exposed to all the elements of nature, road swipes and accidents, and other factors that are completely out of our control. It definitely pays to keep close attention to how you’re treating your car’s exterior. But with all these so-called “experts” floating around, it’s hard to tell which advice does help and which may actually just cause more damage to your car. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of common vehicular exterior care myths – and debunked them for your convenience.
Myth 1: Standard household cleaners can be used for cleaning cars
This is a no-no. Dish washing liquids are designed to get grease, grime, oil and food off your utensils and plates. They also do an especially great job of stripping off the protective wax layer of your car’s exterior coating. These cleaning liquids are not meant for vehicular washes. Do yourself a favor and stick to recommended car wash soaps and shampoo.
Myth 2: The more expensive the product, the more effective it is
Just because a car wax or polish brand costs more than another brand, it does not automatically make it the better option for your vehicle. A lot of times, more money is spent on marketing a product than the actual product itself. Don’t fall for this. The best and most effective way to know which product is right for you and your car is through good old critical thinking and trial and error. Of course, you can always ask for some advice from us here at Kings Brothers Collision. Just give us a call and we’ll gladly help you with any of your car-related queries.
Myth 3: It’s fine to use old rags and cloths for wiping your car
Wrong. Though it might seem like a good idea to use a towel or a rag to wipe off your car, they’re actually made of materials (such as polyester) that have the potential to scratch and create swirl marks on your car. Avoid this by purchasing microfiber towels or clothes, chamois, and a good quality car sponge. Remember, there is more than one way to create scratches on your car – from using low-quality gear and products down to improper washing and drying techniques.
Myth 4: Waxing takes out swirl marks
Maybe in the good old days it could, but not anymore. Swirl marks are basically scratches on your exterior; in the past you could remedy car scratches just by using a good cleaner wax. With today’s clear coatings, waxing actually messes it up even more. The best solution for swirl marks is to polish it and then apply the wax afterwards.
Myth 5: It’s easy to do touch-ups
While it is possible to remedy vehicular scratches on your own; it takes hours of practice and experience to do a touch up the right way. The process of touching-up car blemishes and scratches includes a lot of steps: from mixing the right color, prepping the surface, applying of paint, and so forth. Do right by your car and let a professional handle all your detailing problems. Just pop in here at Kings Brothers Collision and let our capable hands do the job for you.
It’s easy to get misled by all the advice from all the so-called experts out there; especially if they’ve been long-existing and have never been challenged. It is important to sift through what’s currently out there to differentiate the myths from the truths. We’ve just debunked five detailing myths for you and hope it’s helped to clarify a few things for everybody. Kings Brothers Collisions offers the best automobile services and we are ready to serve you at any time.
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