When cleaning a vehicle, everyone can be – oh, how should we describe it – a bit less attentive to the details at certain times. This, however, can lead to habitual carelessness, which is damaging to the vehicle’s paint. Many people make the most rudimentary mistake: wiping a towel or hand across a dry car. Some lubricant, such as water or wax, is necessary to avoid scratching the surface because it lifts contaminants.
A secondary mistake, but no less damaging, occurs while washing and drying the vehicle. Too many people use a sponge to wash and/or dry; a microfiber towel is far gentler on paint than both a sponge and a chamois. These towel products can even be used for applying wax, as well. Keep in mind that maintaining a durable paint job will prevent rust and other complications.