It's probably a safe bet that for some of you, washing and waxing your car isn't a regular on your weekly to-do list. But you could be causing permanent damage by letting everyday dirt and impurities stay on your paint. Follow this simple guide to have your car shiny (and protected) in no time.
Caring for your car
You spent thousands to buy your car. You diligently rotate tires and change the oil, so don't neglect your car's exterior. "Whenever your car is outside...contaminants are continually landing on its paint finish," says Barry Meguiar, president of Meguiar's Inc. He lists the most common offenders as acid rain, road film, dust, tree sap mist and bird droppings. Even more worrisome, Meguiar warns that after a few days these seemingly harmless elements can etch your paint and cause permanent damage.
Contrary to urban myth, letting this stuff stay on your car doesn't protect it from UV rays. Wash it off as soon as possible, or about once a week, advises Consumer Reports. Follow this with a wax every couple of months to protect your paint and keep your car looking at its best. Read more