Car wash season is coming, and if you really care about your car, you won’t simply be hosing it off in the driveway. Your baby needs some tender loving care — and the right cleaning products. Some that will get the job done right the first time:
Interior auto detailing takes time and patience. Speed up the process with a portable electric air compressor like the Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum ($90). Safe and convenient, use the air to blow out the dirt and grime from tiny nooks and crannies to the center of carpets and vacuum it up.
Protecting your car’s paint is so important, so reach for Sonax Polymer Net Shield ($28). This cutting-edge aerosol-based spray sealant takes minutes to apply and lasts up to six months. Sonax Polymer Net Shield is formulated to provide a level of paint protection that used to be exclusive to liquid paint sealants. As a bonus your paint will explode with color and depth like you’ve never seen before.
How about something you can do once every three years to make routine maintenance and washing easier in the long run? Check out Pinnacle Black Diamond Surface Coating ($130), the ultimate paint, glass and wheel coating. Spray it on and the ceramic coating creates an glossy, impermeable layer of protection to shield your vehicle against UV rays, airborne contaminants, acid rain, road salt and other common pollutants that plague a daily driver. Spray-and-wipe application only takes minutes to apply and the protection lasts years.
Regular, thorough wheel cleaning is imperative for all vehicles, and the Daytona Speed Master Wheel Brush ($25) fits into all the tight areas and is built for quick, effective cleaning without scratching. Generated each time you apply the brakes, brake dust eats through protective wheel finishes and pits the metal, permanently eliminating that bright metallic shine.
Dust happens! Remove it with the Original California Car Duster. Get the one with the wooden handle ($25). The duster doesn’t move grit around, it removes it with a special paraffin wax baked into 100 percent cotton strands to give cars the appearance of looking just washed. Won’t scratch paint and comes with a handy carrying case.
Do not use dish soap on your car. Instead reach for Griot’s Garage Car Wash Soap ($18). This slippery soap lathers your baby’s finish for premium paint preservation. Plus, it’s easy on wax, safe for all paints, and gentle yet effective at removing dirt and road grime. Comes with a measuring scale and easy-pour spout.
This 12-piece Zwipes Microfiber cleaning kit ($20) is everything you need to get started cleaning your car, whether the task at hand involves glass, stainless steel, chrome, paint, plastic or wood. Soft, absorbent and durable, Zwipes products attract and remove dust like a magnet. Kit comes with drying towel, side scrubber sponge, scrubbing mitt, two-pack of 11-by-13-inch glass cleaning cloths, combo pack of waxing pads, 18-by-24-inch finishing cloth, six 12-by-16-inch cleaning cloths, and a wheel detailer.