Range Rovers are one of the best luxury SUVs on the market, and use highly-sophisticated paint and coatings which resist rust, scratches, and damage. But even the best paint job can be ruined by improper care or neglect.
Because of this, it’s important to care for the paint of your Range Rover properly. Not sure where to start? This guide will help. Whether you drive an older Range Rover and want to keep it looking good, or you want to ensure that your brand new Evoque or Range Rover Velar stays looking bright and shiny, you’re sure to learn a thing or two.
1. Wash Your Car Thoroughly Every Two Weeks
And this doesn’t mean that you can take your car to a standard automatic car wash, or even a brushless car wash. The brushes used in traditional car washes pick up debris and dust which will leave horrible swirls and marks in your car’s paint. Over the long run, if you continue to use these car washes, your paint will start to look dull and faded, and could even pick up large, deep scratches.
The only way to be sure that your car is cleaned properly is to do it yourself. If you have a driveway and access to a garden hose, this is easy. If you live in an apartment, find a coin-operated car wash near you.
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on proper car washing.
- Get two buckets. Fill one with just water, and one with car soap and water
- Spray down your car from the top to bottom with water, to lubricate it
- Dip a clean microfiber towel or glove into the soapy water bucket. Begin wiping down the exterior of your car, working section-by-section from the top to the bottom. As the mitt or towel gets dirty, rinse it in the rinse bucket. If grime still remains, switch to a new mitt or towel
- When you reach the wheels, use a special wheel cleaner and a stiff-bristled brush to remove dirt and grime
- Hose down the entire car to rinse it, from the top to the bottom. Make sure to also spray below your car to get rid of road salt and dirt that can cause corrosion
- Dry the car, from top to bottom, using a fresh and clean microfiber towel
It’s just that simple! By washing your own car instead of using a car wash, you’ll avoid swirl marks and damage to your paint. Plus, washing your own car is relaxing and satisfying!
2. Wax Your Car Every Six Months
Wax is an additional protective layer that sits above your clear coat. It fills in minor paint scratches and imperfections, and protects the underlying paint. You only need to wax your car about every six months.Wax your car immediately after cleaning it and drying it. Just rub the wax on with a clean buffing pad, wait for it to become “hazy”, and wipe it off. Work section-by-section to make sure you cover every painted surface. It’s just that simple.
3. Always Remove Bird Droppings And Tree Sap Immediately
Bird droppings and tree sap are highly acidic. If you leave them on your car, they will eat away at the paint. Consider keeping a clean towel and a spray bottle of car soap in your car, so that you can quickly spray down any sap, bird droppings, dead bugs, or other debris immediately. This will protect your paint.
4. Avoid Direct Sunlight And Heat
Direct sunlight and heat will slowly cause your paint finish to deteriorate. Park in garages, if possible. If you don’t have a garage, try to find shady areas whenever you’re parking for an extended period of time, and consider buying a car cover.
A car cover is great for covering your car whenever you’re not using it for a day or two. It will keep the hot sun from contacting your paint directly.
Keep Your Car Looking Brand-New With These Tips!
Car paint is incredibly strong and advanced, but still needs some basic care in order to ensure it lasts a long time, and stays looking great. So keep these tips in mind, and make sure that you take proper care of your Range Rover, so that it looks brand new for years to come.