MASTER YOUR CRAFT.
No matter how long you’ve been loving and spoiling cars, there’s always some new pro tips to learn. Whether you’ve only got a few minutes or you want to dive deep into this stuff, our library of car care training and education is the place to start. Learn how to care for your vehicle from Ryan and the rest of the crew over here at the World Famous West Coast Customs shop.
THE FASTEST WAY TO A SPOTLESS FINISH When you have the right products in your garage, getting the hang of basic Car Care is easy. Here are some of Ryan’s pro tips to keep your ride looking slick. Want more tips? Check out our forum.
Any car can look clean with a set of shiny tires. Depending on the level of shine you prefer, use West Coast Customs NEW Tire Gloss for a blinding, wet-look shine (or) Tire & Trim Shine for the more natural, low gloss sheen.
Wheels come in all sizes and finishes and to keep them looking their best you must SAFELY keep them clean and protected for the harsh brake dust. Avoid acid-based cleaners, detergents, and abrasive polishing products that will damage the finish by causing oxidation, pits, and potentially even damage your paint or matte coatings. Use West Coast Customs Wheel & Tire Cleaner for an effective, yet safe clean.
Hand washing your car with a soft mitt and tons of suds, is the safest way to remove the loose contaminants, dirt, and grime off your paint. Use West Coast Customs Hi-Sudsing Car Wash for World-Class results and having a great time with it.
If your car is dusty, slightly dirty, or just got some morning dew on it and you want to save time, quickly use West Coast Customs Exterior Detailer, which if done frequently, keeps your wax reflecting that shine much longer.
POLISH / WAX
Creating a deep-wet glossy finish is only possible by applying polish, which actually penetrates the painted surface to replenish the rich oils and nutrients that constantly escape from the paint daily as the sun is drying and causing oxidation. The premium polishes actually relieve your paint from those annoying swirls resembling spider webs, which accumulate over time and dull the shine. Polishing restores the luster and shine by quenching the thirst your paint has for those original nutrients.
To seal in that polished showroom shine, and protect against the harsh environmental contaminants, and the never-ending water spots, the wax will leave a protective barrier, acting as the first line of defense. For a quick, yet good solution, West Coast Customs Spray Wax can be used, but for outrageous results, use West Coast Customs Synthetic Wax.
Have you heard a lot of different “facts” from a lot of different people on how to take care of your ride? Well, West Coast Customs is here to give you some honest Car Care tips that (hopefully) should help dispel the many myths that have been developed over the years. If there’s a question you would like answered, go ahead and today.GENERALsome simple questions.
WASH & MAINTAIN
SHOULD I USE COLD OR HOT WATER TO CLEAN MY CAR?
Use cold to lukewarm water to wash your car. Only use hot water to spot clean small areas to remove stubborn contaminants such as road tar and dried bird droppings.
WHAT IS “pH NEUTRAL” CAR WASH, AND WHY SHOULD I USE ONE?
A pH neutral car wash is neither acidic nor alkaline and has a pH of 7.0, which is almost identical to that of pure water. These products have a gentle cleaning action and don’t use harsh chemicals which may remove your wax protection and cause damage and premature aging of your car.
WHICH CAR WASH PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE IF MY CAR HAS PAINT PROTECTION?
Use a pH neutral non-wax car wash such as WCC Car Wash Plus.
DO WASH & WAX SOAP PRODUCTS LEAVE WAX ON MY WINDOWS AND DOES THIS CAUSE A PROBLEM?
A wash & wax car wash will deposit a thin layer of wax on the window glass which will not normally cause a problem. However, if a build-up of wax occurs on the windscreen it may cause the wipers to chatter. If this happens, simply clean the windscreen and the edge of the rubber wiper blades with WCC Glass Cleaner.
WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE TO WASH MY FACTORY MATTE FINISH PAINT?
You should refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific instructions. Use a pH neutral non-wax car wash, such as WCC Car Wash Plus. For best results use a lamb’s wool wash mitt and dry using a microfiber chamois. For quick detailing of your car in between washes, use our safe WCC Matte Finish Detailer.
GLASS, PLASTIC & EXTERIOR TRIM
HOW DO I CLEAN AND PROTECT THE GLASS SUNROOF / PANORAMIC ROOF ON MY CAR?
Regular washing will remove the dust and grime. Stubborn marks and contaminants can be removed using our new WCC Glass Detailer, which we will be announcing soon. Regular waxing with WCC Synthetic Wax will protect your roof glass and make cleaning easier. The quickest solution is frequent use of our WCC Exterior Detailer, and WCC Spray Wax.
CAN I USE CLAY ON WINDOW GLASS AND PLASTIC TRIMS TO REMOVE ROUGHNESS?
Yes, you can use most clay bars on window glass and hard smooth plastic exterior trims as, well as painted surfaces to remove bonded contaminants and make them feel smooth-as-glass.
POLISH & PROTECT
CAN I USE POLISH AND WAX PRODUCTS ON FACTORY MATTE FINISH PAINT?
Never apply any type of polish or wax product to a Matte Finish Paint surface as they will cause the finish to become glossy. You can remove finger prints, smears and very light marks using WCC Matte Detailer.
ARE THERE TIMES WHEN I SHOULDN’T WAX MY CAR?
Yes, if your car has new paint applied as a result of smash repair work or a respray. You should wait 8 weeks to allow for the paint to cure and harden before you apply a wax product to protect your paint.
HOW DO I BEST APPLY POLISH AND WAXES?
For best results apply polish & wax products with a foam Hand Applicator Pad. Apply small amounts of product on the foam applicator pad and spread a thin, even coat over the paint surface.
HOW CAN I REMOVE ODORS FROM MY CAR INTERIOR?
To neutralize and remove odors caused by localized accidents and spills such as drinks, food, etc. use an odor eliminator. For a complete interior treatment including vents, use WCC Interior Detailer, with our soon to be announced scented versions.