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How To Make Your Old Car Look New In 10 Steps

Date: Mon 4th December 2017   |   Author: Modeten

Revitalise your vehicle with these handy car cleaning tips

Whether you’re putting your motor on the market or you want it to feel fresh again for your next long journey, there’s a range of DIY car cleaning tips that you should take note of. In this article AutoProtect shows you how to make your old car look new, inside and out, in 10 easy steps.

Remove caked mud before washing

Depending on the time of year and the kind of terrain that you drive on, your car could be caked in mud and dirt. It’s important that you remove this first to preserve your sponge and your paint. We recommend using a hose nozzle that allows you to apply enough pressure to remove all the dirt around the wheel arches. In an ideal world you’ll be able to use a pressure washer, but make sure it’s suitable for a car as some pressure washers may rip the paint straight off the surface.

Use multiple buckets

When it comes to washing your car’s exterior, we know how to make your old car look new and one of the most useful car cleaning tips is to use multiple buckets. The first one has the suds in and it's important that this bucket is free of dirt and grime or you’ll never get a shiny surface. In order to keep the soapy bucket clean you’ll also need a separate bucket to rinse your sponge or cloth before you dunk it. This will get rid of grime from the sponge, as well as dirt and grit that could cause damage.

Rinse and dry

Once you’ve sponged your car clean, you want to get to rinsing it straight away before the water dries streaky. The more pressure behind the water the cleaner it will leave the surface. Once it’s rinsed, you’ll want to dry it with a clean chamois leather or microfibre cloth to get rid of any remaining puddles that could dry streaky. If you’re really keen to get your car looking brand new, you could also use a dryer or blower.

Don’t forget the wheels

Once you’ve cleaned the main body of the car it’s time to clean the wheels. You’ll want to do this after the main body of the car because this will be the dirtiest part. Another one of our handy car cleaning tips is to use a different sponge or an old sponge as the dirt and grime from the wheels is often hard to rinse off. If you have a pressure washer it will come in handy again when you come to clean the alloys.

Pay attention to the detail

When it comes to car cleaning tips, the detail is everything and we could probably write an entire blog on making your car’s corners stand out and your vehicle dazzle. If you really want to know how to make your car look new though, we can recommend a clay bar kit. It works alongside a clay wax or lotion to remove the tiny caked on pieces of dirt and grime that collect on your car’s surface and brings it out looking brand new.

Clean your windows inside and out

If you really want to know how to make your old car look new, you’ll need your windows to be crystal clear. We recommend doing this after you’ve cleaned the exterior and it’s dry. You can use any domestic window cleaning product, but ones with white vinegar are especially good. Clean them inside and out with a clean microfibre cloth used specifically for your windows. 

Get the vacuum cleaner out

It might be one of our more obvious car cleaning tips, but use the vacuum cleaner on the inside of your car to get rid of the dirt and debris.
Take your car mats out first and give them an intensive vacuum back and front. Next it’s time to take on the floors, the boot, under the seats and around the seat targeting every nook and cranny. If you have a lot of stones in your car, a great car cleaning tip is to use a dustpan and brush first or use an industrial vacuum like those at the petrol station – this will save your household vacuum the heavy duty use.

Time for a polish

The biggest challenge of cleaning your car’s interior is dust. To combat this, use a microfibre cloth with a reputable dashboard cleaner suitable for each surface of your car. This will leave it spotless, shiny and your whole interior smelling brand new. Hard to reach areas of your car, such as the interior lower doors and seat rears may want a slight scrub and dry before you use your polish on them.

Out comes the carpet cleaner

To really get that old interior looking new, you’ll need a carpet cleaner. If you’re not quite prepared to make the outlay for a machine, then you’ll want to get on your hands and knees and start scrubbing. There are a range of household cleaners that will make your carpet feel fresh and there’s a range of individual tips for removing the most stubborn stains across the internet.

Finishing touches

You’ve followed our car cleaning tips and your car is almost spotless inside and out. If you’re looking to sell it, you might be reconsidering right about now. Finally you’ll want to take care of some minor finishing touches that will really make it look and feel brand new.

  1. Clean grime from tops of windows with glass cleaner.
  2. Brush out air vents and vacuum dust as you go.
  3. Polish behind handles and steering wheel.
  4. Clean out the glove box of old unwanted rubbish.
  5. Install an air freshener to keep it smelling fresh.

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