Quik Tips Series – Meguiars 5-Step Paint Care Cycle – Advance Auto Parts

With a wide variety of detailing products
available, choosing the right products to detail your car can be a bit overwhelming.
Once you understand the Meguiar’s 5-Step Paint Care Cycle, choosing
the right products becomes much easier. Washing removes loose contaminants like dust,
dirt, and road film that is sitting on top of your finish. Always use
a high quality car wash like Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash and never use
dishwashing detergents, as they will strip your wax protection. In addition,
we recommend washing your car a minimum of once a week to keep your car
looking its absolute best and free of contaminants. And don’t forget, to
minimize water spots, always wash your car in the shade and make sure the
surface is cool to the touch. This step removes defects like oxidation,
stains, swirls, overspray, and even fall-out, which is vital for achieving
crystal clear reflections and long lasting protection. Depending on the
condition of your car, this is done by using our Smooth Surface Clay Kit
and one of our clear coat safe paint cleaners, like Swirl X swirl remover
or Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound. If your car is already in good condition and
free of defects, you can skip the cleaning step and move directly to polishing
or waxing. In pure polish like Meguiar’s Deep Crystal Polish is an optional
step that is designed to bring out maximum gloss. If you have a dark
colored vehicle and are looking for the absolute deepest gloss possible, you’ll
want to apply Deep Crystal Polish before applying a wax. It’s also a
good choice if you’ve just had your car painted and you’d like to polish
your car during that all important curing process when you’re not allowed
to apply traditional wax. Applying a layer of wax, like Meguiar’s Gold
Class Carnuba Plus or Next Generation Tech Wax 2.0 is the best way to
protect your finish from those harsh elements. Whether you use liquid or
paste, we recommend waxing your vehicle at least three to four times per year
for maximum protection. To make this step even easier, a spray wax like
Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Wax is a great alternative. This step is all about keeping your car looking
its best. A product like Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Detailer is the perfect
choice for removing light dusk or fingerprints on a regular basis. Simply
mist on and wipe off and your car will look like it was just detailed. Now that you understand the Meguiar’s 5-Step
Paint Care Cycle, it will be easy to choose the right products and achieve
better results each and every time you detail your car. For additional detailing
tips and techniques call our service care specialist or visit Meguiars.com.