Well, all good things come to an end, and it seems autumn is here before summer began! As the rain rolls in and the days become longer and darker, I thought it would be a good idea to share some autumn car detailing tips.
Our Top Five Autumn Car Detailing Tips:
Rainy Days and Safety First:
With autumn comes lots and lots of rain. It’s imperative to make sure you can see clearly, no matter how hard it’s pouring outside. So, my #1 autumn car detailing tip is to ensure you get your vehicle’s exterior glass coated with a slick hydrophobic coating that repels water. If you can’t stretch to getting all the glass coated at the very least do consider the windscreen and rear window. Here at Black River Details, we machine polish and thoroughly clean the glass before coating it. By following this process, we can get the best and most long-lasting result. It’s also a good idea to clean the wiper blades with some glass cleaner. You’ll find that after you’ve cleaned them, they will operate more smoothly. If they are old and worn you should, of course, replace them.
Lighting the Way:
As the days get shorter and, adverse weather conditions prevail, you’re going to be using your headlights a lot more. Firstly, switch all the lights on and have a quick walk around to make sure you haven’t got any bulbs out. Also, if your headlights are looking dull, yellowed and hazy then make sure to have them restored. By doing this, you can be sure you’re getting the maximum amount of light possible, and therefore, the best visibility.
Fend off Foot Prints:
Sometimes the most straightforward autumn car detailing tips are the best! One of my favourites is to coat your fabric floor mats with a durable protective coating that repels water, oils and stains. When you get in and out with wet shoes, you’ll limit stains and ingrained dirt that could be a chore to clean. An even better idea is to swap out your fabric floor mats with some all-weather rubber floor mats. You’ll find this type of floor covering is easier to wipe clean.
With the temperature dropping, you’re going to want to crank up the heating in your car. To avoid any surprises in the winter, make sure your heating system is still working now. It’s also a good idea to have the pollen filter changed after summer. The filters can become clogged, which can, in turn, be hazardous to your health and cause allergy flare-ups. Pollen filters are pretty easy to replace yourself, you’ll find a ‘how-to’ guide by doing a quick Google search. The filters are cheap to replace and are usually accessed with just a few screws or clips.
My final autumn car detailing tip is to apply paint protection to your vehicle. The wet roads are sure to get your car filthy in no time at all. And by applying protection, you’ll make cleaning much easier and quicker. Use either a spray sealant like Kamikaze Collection Overcoat or have a proper ceramic coating applied that will give years of easy maintenance. When you do clean your car, be sure to give it a proper pre-wash to remove as much dirt as possible before touching it with your wash mitts. The wet roads leave harmful particles and grit on the paint that can very easily scratch and lead to swirl marks.
If you want to know more about the results we can achieve with some autumn car detailing, then drop us an email or give us a call. We are professional detailers based on the Hampshire and West Sussex border.