Waxing your car could prevent further damage to the paint and bodywork because there is more than just dirt and rain spots clinging to your car's exterior such as bird droppings, airborne industrial pollutants, acid rain, tree sap and dead bugs can all degrade the paint.
UV-resistant outer paint layer in modern car will last longer if you maintain it. Go online and research the different car wax brands. Some brands are mediocre at best, while more expensive brands may not be worth the money. Keep things clean and waxed to repel water and pollutants.
It is often helpful to wash twice because dirt is hard to find on a wet car. Shampoo the cloth seats and interior to remove all that gunk. There's nothing under your kitchen sink that's appropriate for washing or cleaning your car, except maybe the glass cleaner. Leave the dish detergent for the dishes, and use a proper car-washing solution. Clean the window glass last to catch all the oversprayed cleaning products.
Leather seats deserve a proper leather cleaner, followed by leather conditioner to replenish the skin's natural oils. Save the protectant for the dashboard. We strongly recommend against using protectant on the steering wheel and rubber pedals, because it can reduce your grip to dangerous levels.
Park in the shade while washing and waxing to prevent the heat of the sun from drying off the car and making water spots before you can dry them. Wet the surface beforehand to help dissolve the bug stains and loosen the dirt. When you have finished, take another clean towel or clothe and go back over the entire car one more time. This ensures you do not leave any streaks or wax spots. After two hours, wax can damage a car's paint job. Hose the salt and mud off the wheel wells and undercarriage.
Clean the wheels first to keep all the slop from getting on the bodywork. Rinse the wheels down, but wax them with the rest of the paint.
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