Many people believe that they don't have to do anything at all because their car is new. WRONG! You just paid for that car a lot of money, and if you want it to look fresh, you have to take care of it, just like anything else. A new vehicle is not resistant to the tough environmental conditions, and the clear coat is not your car's protection, it is a clear paint and must be covered.
This article helps to appreciate, even if it is no longer so recent, the significance of each stage in the five-step phase of car care.
Step 1 – Washing
The car washing procedure is the number one cause of swirl marks. High quality car wash shampoo, wash mitt and microfiber drying towels can help avoid swirl. Using two buckets - one for car wash solution and the other for rinsing your mitt is also helpful.
Step 2 - Claying
Claying is not a substitute for polishing your car. It is a process to be done prior to the polishing process to remove surface contaminants. When your paint is rough, dirt and grime tend to stick and build up creating more problems. Claying will remove the contamination and prepare your car for the polishers and protecting steps.
Step 3 - Polishing
If your car is new you won't need to remove defects unless it has been on the lot for a while. Swirls can be created by dealership detailers who use machine polishers incorrectly.
Step 4 - Protecting
Clear coat is not a super high tech protectant, it is just clear paint and needs to be protected just like the older single stage paints. Car waxes, paint protectants and paint sealants all fall into the same "paint protection category" All protect against and help prevent premature deterioration caused by the onset of oxidation. With modern technology, a car wax would be "old school" and be less protective.
Step 5 -Maintaining
Quick detailers are commonly used by detailers and car enthusiasts to put the finishing touch on a freshly detailed vehicle. Quick detailers quickly and easily remove fresh water spots, streaks, dust and other light contamination. It is also a good idea to keep one with you for those dreaded bird bombs for a quick cleanup. Quick Detail Sprays are a special formulation that evaporates quickly to prevent further spotting.