To maintain the bodywork of your car, you must perform a multitude of routine tasks, such as washing and waxing your car to prevent rusting and repairing marks and scratches that mark your car’s surface.
Wash your car on a regular basis at least once per month. Washing your car will remove salt, dirt, and other debris from the surface of your car; all of which can cause permanent stains, rusting, and corrosion if not removed.
Use water to remove bird droppings from the surface of your car. Bird droppings contain abrasive and acidic properties that may permanently stain your car if they are not removed immediately.
Wax your car once every 3 or 4 months. Waxing will help protect the paint on your car and prevent corrosion by blocking water that may seep into scratches and chips on your car’s surface.
- Purchase a non-abrasive car wax from an automotive store and apply it to your car’s surface using a large soft sponge or a soft cloth.
- Apply the wax only to the painted sections of your car. If you apply wax to the rubber or plastic parts of your car, it may cause those parts to stain permanently.
- If you accidentally apply wax to the rubber or plastic parts of your car, remove it immediately using a commercial glass cleaning product.
- Buff the car with a clean, soft cloth until all the wax has been removed from the surface of your car.
Apply a rustproofing agent to your car. Rustproofing your car is ideal if you live in a humid climate or if your car comes into contact with salt in the air or on the roads. A rustproofing product will add extra protection to the bodywork of your car and help prevent corrosion.
Apply paint to small chips and deep scratches on your car. This will prevent the affected areas of your bodywork from corroding.
Polish areas of your car that contain minor, shallow scratches. This procedure will cover and hide any small scratches on your car’s surface.
WARNING: When you wash your car with powerful jet hoses at a car wash, do not spray your car at an extremely close proximity because the power from the jets may remove your car’s paint or cause it to peel.