Winter is soon approaching, and here in West Chester, PA and the northeastern United States in general, that means wet, snowy, and icy driving conditions are in store. At this time of year, a vehicle’s auto detailing means much more than just keeping cars looking their best, it’s about protecting vehicle owners from the safety risks that come from winter wear and tear.Working with an auto detailing pro can help protect your investment and also keep you safe.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your car this winter:

Get Regular Professional Car Washes

It’s best to remove salt from your vehicle as soon as possible. Salt is notorious for prematurely degrading and damaging waxes and sealants.
As professional auto detailer’s, it is our job to inform our clients of their best car washing options for winter. We do not recommend clients wash their cars on their own at home, especially in freezing temperatures. This can increase risk of car door jambs and locks freezing. You may also create damaging hard water surface spots that end up more difficult to remove than snow or ice ever would be. Instead, a professional auto detailer can provide a touchless wash or a wand wash, which thoroughly cleans salt and grit out from around wheel wells, jambs, and other crevices.

Use A Good Wax to Better Protect Your Vehicle

Professional wax jobs are a mainstay of any reputable auto detailing service, and for good reason. Car wax is formulated to protect a vehicle’s finish from the damaging salt and road grime that mixes with snow and splashes up onto your car every time the car moves. Auto detailing pros use spray waxes or sealants after they wash salt and snow off vehicles to help refortify the wax or sealant previously applied. This guards the surface of the vehicle against the corrosion and permanent damage that can be caused throughout the winter season.

Windshield Care Is Essential for Winter Safety

We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining strong, clean windshield glass. In winter, when windshields are most vulnerable to harsh conditions, we turn to water and ice repellants that act similar to sealants by keeping grime off the surface of the glass. Safety benefits of a good windshield repellant include:

  • beads water so it rolls off the windshield glass
  • helps push snow, grit and grime off the glass
  • improves visibility in night or daytime driving

While ice scrapers are made for safely removing ice and snow from windows, a professionally applied repellant will provide a clearer view of the road.

Take Care of Your Wheels

During the winter months it is important to treat wheels for road salt, brine solutions and whatever winter conditions may bring.  Just as there are waxes and ceramic coatings for car paint and windows, professional car detailers use specialized waxes and ceramic coatings on your wheels as well. Protective waxes and ceramic coatings prevent brake dust adhesion year-round and prevent brine solutions and salt from adhering to the wheel faces.

Stay safe and protect your car this winter with these auto detailing strategies.

The staff at In Great Detail would like to wish our clients a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.  And don’t forget to get a GIFT CARD, which can be redeemed for any service.