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Keeping your car clean and fresh as often as possible is never a bad idea. But you have to understand that, even though maximum care might be put into your basic weekly carwash, fine dust and dirt particles still get onto your sponge or microfibre cloth. Even more so if you wash over a painted surface that has tar and other contaminants, which will inevitably cause fine swirl marks and scratches onto your paint.

Or, perhaps you bought a used car that came with a few imperfections and want to remove them.

The first thing you want to do is analyse the paint surface of the car. Run your fingers lightly over the surface on every panel from the hood, roof and behind the wheel arches. If the surface feels rough you need to correct it. This is done with the help of a clay bar kit which removes surface contaminants.

But clay won't correct deep imperfections such as scratches and swirls. For this, you need an abrasive rubbing compound.

Once these two stages are complete and your painted surface feels as smooth as glass, it needs protection. A good starting point would be a form of a polish that works as a pre-wax glaze.

Finally, you are now ready to apply your outer layer of shine, which is your wax of choice.

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