Your brand new car is not as new as you think. After being built and leaving the factory, its has sat in numerous holding yards, put onto a ship, arrived here, sat in more holding yards, then transported to your state via train or truck, arrived at the dealer dirty and already has airborne containments bonded to the paint. It will then most likey be washed and polished in a hurry and incorrectly by inexperienced detailers using cheap products. If you are lucky enough to have a car without scratches in it already, then an expertly polished car will look even better and bonded contaminants from the delivery process will need to be removed so that your paint protection coating will bond to the paint properly to get the maximum durability out of the product.
The best thing to do is hand wash it yourself on a regular basis, using a ph neutral wash soap/shampoo. When you wash use 2 buckets, one with soap and the other with just plain water. Use the plain water bucket to rinse your sponge/wash mitt after doing a section of the car, then dip in your soap bucket again and continue. This way you are not filling your soap water bucket with dirt, and you then minimise the risk of putting swirls and scratches back into your paint.
We advise against all of these, as all of them use washing techniques, tools and products that will damage your paint, either immediately or gradually over time. Car wash cafe’s do not use the 2 bucket method, and usually use soaps and cleaners that will strip a wax or sealant off your paint. They also have a habit of re using dropped/dirty sponges and chamois. Drive though washes use very strong chemicals to touch free clean, and brooms are extremely harsh and abrasive on your paint, scratches are guaranteed. While these services are convenient, they will damage and prematurely wear your paint, and undo all the great work achieved by a professional detail.
Every 3-6 months we recommend applying a spray sealant/wax to your paint after washing your vehicle. Always apply in shade with quality microfiber cloths. One or two sprays per panel, spread with one side of cloth and buff with the other. Don’t hesitate to ask us about best products to use.