Evaluating the condition of your vehicle will lead you towards how it should be cleaned. A new car or one that already has a good coat of wax on it may only need a wash and wax to maintain it, but a car with an average to neglected exterior may need to be clean and polished as well. Some time it might need more than just a Polish.
After washing your car, you can easily see scratches, swirls, and oxidation in your paint and feel for bonded contaminants such as overspray or tree sap that washing doesn't remove. Just run your hand over a washed vehicle, and if you can feel little bumps, then you need to go a step further with cleaning your car. A clay bar likeInsta Finish Clay BarorAuto Reflection Clay Barcan be used to remove stubborn bonded contaminants. It will remove everything off the surface of your vehicle including wax and will restore smoothness to the paint. Start by kneading it into a flat wafel and use lubricant to go with clay to avoid claying mark, lubricant like Insta Finish Clay Lube 1 Gallon,Insta Finish Super APC, or mild concentrate of car shampoo like Wax Foam Car Shampoo,Insta Finish Truck Wash Shampo,Foam Car Wash . Hold Clay on palm of one hand and run it across the surface of your car.
4. Spot Corrections
Spot corrections are the areas to work which are still left on the surface after washing and Surface Preparation. These are hard stubborn stains, grease. Predominantly theses are Tar marks, Glue, Label residue in specific. Identify these spots and clean them with Tar and Glue remover likeFormula 1 Bug and Tar Remover, Insta Finish Glue Lable Remover, or Insta Finish Degreaser. Tar Marks & Imperfection left over are hardly visible on Dark colour, you will need to feel it with your Palm , roll your palm over the surface to spot them.
This step in some case over Laps with Step 5 based on Age of Car or usage. This step is as important as Step 5 as it gives a deciding finish to the paint. In most Scenarios it will so happen that Step 5 can be avoided by using Medium to Fine aggressive Polish which will take care of swirl marks, paint blemish, Minor imperfection and Hologram. We have Put a Chart that will help you decide on Making the right choice. Polish can be applied by hand applicator pads like Applicator Sponge,Meguiar's Foam Applicator Pad,Microfiber ApplicatorOrMicrofiber Sponge Applicatoror with a dual-action polisher
7. Wax to Protect
Waxing is like sunscreen to your car. It adds a protective layer & Protects the surface from UV rays to prevent fading and anything that may land on the paint. It preserves your high gloss finish and is available in a carnauba or polymer form. Both types of wax perform the same, but a polymer wax won't haze as Carnauba & it dries and can be wiped off soon after applying. As said by some, Polymer protection is easy to apply and it lasts more than Carnauba. Some carnauba gives deep Gloss to wet Look finish and Polymer gives fluidic or synthetic finish based on Colors.