· Applying Polishes and Waxes by hand.
Use a clean foam, terry cloth or microfiber applicator designed
for applying automotive finish products. Applicators distribute
the product more evenly resulting in a better job.
Never use the same applicator to apply different products
(cleaner, polish, wax etc). Yes, foam applicators can be washed,
but the safest thing to do for your paint is start with fresh
applicator for each type of product you apply.
Removing Polishes and Waxes by hand.
Pros recommend using a true 100% cotton terry cloth towel
(thicker and softer the better or quality microfiber towel.
The plushness (or "nap" as it is sometimes called)
of the towel, allows a place for dust or dirt particles to
be collected away from the finish of your vehicle rather than
being dragged across it as you remove the product thus reducing
the chance for cloth inflected
Be careful of inexpensive terry cloth or microfiber towels
sold in bulk. They may be made from inferior quality materials
and can leave lint or be too coarse for your paint's finish
causing cloth inflected swirl marks or smears.
Caring for your "car towels"
Wash car towels in a plain laundry detergent and avoid using
use fabric softener.
The fabric softener puts a "sheen" on the material
which makes it resist removing products off the vehicle. Or
in other words, makes you have to work harder!
Never put microfiber towels in the dryer. The heat of the
dryer will destroy the weave and make the microfiber towel
become ineffective. Always let microfiber towels air dry.
This is why we always recommend buying two towels.
What is a "Glaze" and when to apply it?
The term "glaze" can mean different things depending
on the manufacturer of the product. Within Meguiar's, a "glaze"
is a polish used to shine the paint, and should be followed
up by a wax to protect the paint finish.
Glazes can sometimes be pure polish such as #7 Show Car Glaze
or #5 New Car Glaze. Or they can be a Cleaner/Polish such
as #80 Speed Glaze. Visit Meguiars.com to learn which is the
right Glaze/Polish for your particular paint and needs.
Cleaning your windows.
One trick we learned from the pros is when you are cleaning
your windows, wipe
in one direction on one side, and the opposite direction on
the other side. That
way if you have streaks, you can easily see which side of
the window they are on
and avoid having to clean the entire window over again.
a quality microfiber towel to clean windows. They will do
a better job than