Brilliant tips to keep your Hyundai car shining like new – detail like a PRO!
There is more to maintaining the appearance of your vehicle than just having it look pretty.
Taking time to detail the exterior can help keep the exterior from deteriorating, which in turn keeps he value of your vehicle high.
There is more to detailing than simply washing your car once a week, and while professional detailers have a number of special tools they use for the job, even they admit that 90% of the work is down to pure elbow grease.
Let’s look at some of the best tips offered up by pro detailers.
#1 Stick to the shade
Read the label of any wax product on the market, and you will see them recommending that you work in the shade. If left out in the sun, wax products can essentially be baked into the surface of your Hyundai vehicle.
Waxes that are carnauba-based come with a 180°F melting point, at which time the wax will start to evaporate. When that happens, all the work you did to get the wax applied will have been for naught.
#2 Don’t forget the cabin
Many people make the mistake of starting with the exterior before moving to the cabin, unaware that they are dragging in dirt, oils, and other materials that can do damage.
Do the interior first, and make sure to start with the carpets, which should be gone over with a stiff brush. Once that is done, take out the floor mats and vacuum the carpet.
If you find any holes or burns in the carpet, consider cutting out the affected area and replacing them with pieces of carpet taken from hidden areas in the car. Use a water-based adhesive to put the repair piece in place, and the brush the nap to hide the seams.
The hard surfaces of the cabin should be wiped down with a damp cloth. The buttons on the dash can be a little tricky to navigate, but the use of cotton swabs can help with those hard to get to spot.
A can of compressed air, like you use to clean computers, is also a good investment. Owning an air compressor can speed up the process even more.
If your seats are covered in leather, you will need to make sure that you are gentle in the cleaning. A leather conditioner should be applied after the cleaning in order to keep the material soft and pliable.
#3 Work from the bottom up
The dirtiest areas of your car are generally at the bottom, with the wheel wells, tries, wheels, and engine bay always the grimiest.
It is best that you spray and clean those areas first, so that grime is not spread when you start cleaning other parts of the car.
#4 Use 2 buckets to wash a car
Have two buckets of water in play when you clean the car. If you are constantly dipping your cleaning cloths in dirty water, that dirt will spread to the exterior with the next wipe.
Have one bucket filled with soapy water and the other with water used to rinse dirty cloths. The soap that you use should be car-specific, and not something like dish soap, which could remove protective wax coats. Use microfiber towels and wash the exterior from top to bottom.
#5 The clay bar
Clay bars are not really a secret, yet there are few people other than pro detailers who know anything about them. There really is nothing better than a clay bar for removing debris from your paint.
Simply apply the bar to any imperfections that remain after the initial cleaning. Those imperfections will be removed with any damage to the paint or the wax coating.
#6 Get the wax on
Waxing by hand is possible, but it can be laborious work. A buffer, which can be drill mounted, is the easiest way to apply wax or polish.
DO NOT use a buffer to remove wax or polish, as that can result in scratches on the paintwork. When applying the wax or polish, do it in sections, and go from the top down.
Door handles, emblems, and plastic trim should not come into contact with the wax or polish, as they can become stained. If stains do occur, they can usually be removed with a mist and wipe product, or even a mild solution of carwash and water.
Wax or polish that gets into crevices and emblems can be removed with a dampened toothbrush.
#7 Save the glass for last
If you want to prevent streaking, clean the glass with cotton or microfiber cloths. Newspaper can also do the trick, but that usually ends up being a pretty messy procedure, with inky hands almost guaranteed.
If you do see a streak, you will need to determine whether it is inside or out. This can be done by using a vertical cleaning motion for the exterior, and a horizontal cleaning motion for the inside. If a streak appears, the direction of the streak will tell you whether it’s inside or out.
In order to get the best visibility possible, use a glass sealant to finish off the job.
You should also avoid ammonia-based glass cleaners, as the smell is awful, and the spray from them can have a negative impact on other surfaces.
Ammonia-based cleaners can also wreak havoc with tinted windows, and can turn them a rather unpleasant looking shade of purple.
While this may all sound like a lot of work, the finished result will make it all worthwhile.
You may even be asked if you have just bought a brand new car, and you can get to gloat and say that you did it all yourself.
That means potentially saving yourself hundreds of dollars that would have come out of your pocket at a professional auto detailer.