We all tend to put cleaning our vehicle at the wayside during the wet and cold winter months, but a good detail now will save you time and money later! As we break out the cold weather gear don’t forget to put a winter coat on your vehicle too!
Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Applying a good silica sealant or ceramic coating is essentially putting a protective layer over your paint. They create a barrier between the body of the car and water, leaves, snow, ice, gravel, and grime that is everywhere in the winter months. For even more protection you can add paint protection film (PPF or Clear Bra) to the front and high impact areas of the vehicle. This transparent and barely visible film is extremely durable and will protect you from rock chips and scratches.
Remove leaves and debris as soon as possible. Not only will they etch the surface they are laying on, but they can also get into vents and filters and cause damage. When they get trapped between the body and the hood, little pieces can clog your air filter or get sucked into your heating system and stop it from working when you need it most!
At the beginning of winter every auto accessory store puts out an elaborate selection of ice scrapers and brushes. But the truth is, these harsh tools aren’t food for the vehicles paint long term. Using scrapers and hard brushes can scratch the paint and make micro-abrasions on the surface. Instead, opt for a brush with soft bristles or a specific snow removal broom with a foam head.
Don’t use your wipers as ice scrapers! Cold weather makes the rubber hard and brittle and using them to remove the ice on your windshield can damage them. Damaged blades will not work properly and can be a huge safety hazard when driving in the rain or snow. If you can’t see, you can’t drive. Clean the blades frequently and use rubbing alcohol to discourage them freezing to the glass.
Although it is cheaper and more convenient to just use water instead of washer fluid, it’s not a good idea in the colder months. Fluids formulated for cleaning windshields generally do a better job than just water and usually won’t freeze.
Simply put, when in doubt, ask! Truth be told, knowledge is having the right answer, whereas intelligence is asking the right question. The art and science of asking the right questions is the source of all knowledge. We can set you up with an appointment for us to do the work or walk you through the retail store so you can get the right products for your DIY project.
Either way we are here to help and just a call or email away!