Audis are a privilege to own, and they require maintenance and care like any other vehicle—perhaps more so because they are considered to be a luxury vehicle. While tune-ups, oil changes, and routine inspections can greatly improve the longevity and durability of your car, almost nothing will maintain the value of your Audi like caring for the paint and the car’s interior. Keeping your car parked in a covered area or in a garage is the best bet for slowing the aging process of your Audi’s paint job and interior materials; however, keeping your car entirely out of the sun and away from the elements is impossible. Car’s exteriors collect dust, dirt, and debris, which can become ground into the paint, causing it to wear prematurely. Furthermore, if you take your Audi to a “professional” cleaner, it’s important to make sure you ask about their washing and cleaning techniques beforehand—a lot of these businesses use improper paint care methods to save time and money, which only further damages your paint in the long run. Here are some basic steps and the most effective way to wash an Audi:
This is perhaps the most important step in the washing process. Pre-washing your Audi will remove a majority of the dust, dirt, and debris that is caked onto the outer surface. Removing this layer of dirt is an important first step in the process because otherwise you might be scrubbing fine dirt particles into your paint, which etches the paint and causes it to leave fine scratches or dull the paint overall.
Clay Bar Preparation
After pre-washing the car, you can prepare it for a final wash and wax by rubbing it with a clay bar. Many people opt to skip this step because it is by far the most time-consuming aspect of car washes. However, when done properly, you’ll never see your Audi’s paint job shine like it does after a wash with a clay bar treatment. Before using the clay bar, you’ll spray it with a special lubricant so that it stays moist throughout the clay treatment (you can buy these materials as a full kit at automotive shops). The clay bar should be softened beforehand as well, and should be used in a straight motion, not circular.
Properly washing a car means having the right materials and technique down. A lot of people think it’s okay to use dish soap and hot water and an old towel to wash their cars; unfortunately, while it might make the car look shiny momentarily, in the long-run this only further damages the paint. To effectively wash your Audi, you can contact a trustworthy automotive shop for suggestions on what type of products would work best for you.
Wax and Polish
Waxing and polishing give your Audi that sparking clean finished appearance. Again, it is critical to have the right materials and routine down to keep from stripping or damaging your Audi’s paint. Waxing and polishing should be done gently without applying to much force. You can buy a polishing kit for an affordable price at most automotive shops.
Nearly just as important as the exterior of the car is the interior. When the interior of your Audi is kept in good condition, it can greatly retain the value of your vehicle. Generally the exterior paint job and interior condition are the first things prospective buyers see—and first impressions are critical. Depending upon the material that the interior of your Audi is comprised of, you may need a specific cleaning product to maintain it properly. The best thing to do is to refer to your owner’s manual for references or more detail.
How We Can Help
The experts here at Auto Europa are skilled and trained in all the various aspects of automotive care—including exterior paint and interior care. Located in San Francisco, CA, we have been providing our wonderful community with quality auto services for European imports such as Audi vehicles since 1992. Our goal is to offer the highest quality automotive care for luxury vehicles at significantly reduced fees from that of nearby dealerships. If you would like more tips on how to effectively, and safely, wash your Audi, contact one of our helpful professionals today!
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