The following information on preparing the exterior of your car for winter developed from a conversation between Kim, our Webmaster and Lane, the Master Detailer. Included is information about:
Preparing your Auto Exterior for Winter:
Check out Lane's Winter Car Wax Protection Kit in action.
Kim: Is there anything that I need to do to prepare my car for the winter?
Lane: Late Fall is one of the most important times of year for you to detail your car. Winter is very hard on your car with extreme temperature changes, rain, sleet, snow, sand, salt and other chemicals that are used on our roads. You need to clean your car thoroughly and then seal and protect it from all of those damaging elements.
Kim: Ok, but I don't have a lot of time right now, and my car's not fancy. What's the bare minimum, the most basic things that I must to do to get my car ready for winter?
Lane: I'll tell you the bare minimum of effort you need to put into preparing your car for winter and recommend the products that will give your car the best protection that will last through the winter.
Protecting your car's Paint / clear coat finish for Winter:
Kim: Can I skip a step and use a combination wax and sealant product?
Lane: Do you want to be waxing your car again in December? You need the layers of protection that you will gain by following the individual steps: Superseal Paint Sealant will give you anywhere from 3 to 6 months of protection, depending on the conditions. Once the weather has eaten through the Superseal, the Gold Edition Best Car Wax will give your paint another two months of protection. Taking the time to detail your exterior properly will ensure that your car is protected until Spring.
Kim: Is there anything that I can do improve visibility through my windows? I have a tough time with the rain and snow.
Lane: Yes, it is a good idea to polish your car's windshield and windows.
Keep your Windshield Clean and Dry through the Winter:
Kim: Thanks Lane.
Lane: Thanks? Wait, you're not done yet.
Kim: I thought that we were only talking about the car exterior today.
Lane: We are, you forgot about your wheels and tires.
Kim: It's so wet and dirty all winter, why would I waste time on my wheels and tires?
Lane: The fact that it is wet and dirty is exactly why you need to protect your wheels and tires for the winter.
Clean, seal and protect your wheels and tires for Winter:
Kim: This is a lot of stuff to do, how can this be the bare minimum?
Lane: Your car requires the maximum amount of protection to make it through the winter undamaged. It endures harsh conditions and often doesn't get the care that it needs due to foul weather.
If you want to go beyond the minimum, I would recommend using Rubbing Compound on your paint after washing your car. Oxidation causes your paint to fade and discolor in the summer sun. Super Cut Rubbing Compound will remove that oxidized paint and brighten your paint finish.