Car owners living in colder climates often wonder about what kinds of detailing to get during the winter months. Does my car wash routine need to change during winter? What are the winter time threats that I need to be aware of?
Winter car care is essential. Your professional auto wash is a great way to keep your car looking fabulous during winter. But more importantly, it’s the best way to protect your vehicle against ice, snow, sleet, freezing temperatures, gravel and road salt during the winter months.
Keep reading to learn how to protect your prized possession from winter weather.
The focus of winter detailing is prevention! Your local professional auto wash or Kansas City car detailers can meet your winter time needs with washes, weatherproof waxes, paint sealants, protective rubber dressings and more.
Car owners should wash their vehicle as often as possible to ensure no build-up of road salt on automotive paint. The longer the road salts stay on a vehicle’s surface, the more the salt eats away at the protective wax or sealant.
Be careful removing snow from your vehicle’s painted surfaces with an ice scrapper or brush. It can damage the paint by causing heavy swirling and scratching. Moisture seeps into scratches and chips in your car’s paint. The repeated process of moisture freezing and thawing cracks surrounding paint. This quickly leads to oxidation, which causes further damage. Washing your car frequently during winter months is the best way to reduce paint damage caused by oxidation.
A professional auto wash will thoroughly remove the ice, salt, dirt, snow and grime from your vehicle without damaging the paint.
Superior paint protection can withstand exposure to road salt and cold temperatures. Dirt, snow, salt and grime are easier to clean off your car’s exterior when there is a synthetic paint sealant. The polymers in modern paint sealants create an effective shield from water, road salts and chemicals. Paint sealant will also seal paint chips and scratches, thus reducing further damage caused by oxidation.
Talk to your auto detailer about the best paint sealant options for the winter conditions in your area.
Freezing temperatures can damage your tires. The rubber needs to stay hydrated to prevent cracking. Get your tires treated with a quality tire dressing that not only keeps them looking good, but also acts as a barrier from the harsh elements of winter and the ozone that causes rubber to deteriorate. A protective wax for your wheels will repel snow and ice. It requires regular reapplications to provide maximum protection.
Treat your wheel wells with a silicone based dressings to prevent the buildup of snow, ice and road salt. Silicone dressings can also serve as an excellent protectant for the under carriage and engine too.
While you are at your professional auto wash, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Colder temperatures make tires under-flated, thus making it difficult to maneuver on icy roads.
Winter can be troublesome to leather and cloth upholstery. Cold air removes moisture from leather. In order to restore moisture to the leather, treat it with a special conditioner before the temperature dips below 50 degree Fahrenheit. Leather is poorly receptive to conditioner if the temperature is below 50 degrees.
Cloth upholstery can easily get water stained from even the smallest amount of snow or freezing rain on your coat and gloves, when you sit in your vehicle. Professional auto detailing services wash your car seats and treat it with special products that make cloth upholstery more stain resistant. Alternatively, you can have your detailer spot clean stains as well.
Bring your vehicle to Big Splash Car Wash at our Overland Park auto detailing or Kansas City car detailing location today! Speak with one of our auto detailers about services for winterizing your car.