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MAINTAINING YOUR HONDA'S APPEARANCE

Nature, time, and neglect can all take their toll on your Honda's appearance. Though there's no scheduled maintenance on your vehicle's exterior, keeping it in good shape will protect your investment and your Honda's condition. You can keep that "new" vehicle look indefinitely with a little time, the right technique, and the right care products. Here are some tips for keeping your Honda looking like new.

Washing and Waxing
Frequent washing and waxing is the best way to keep your Honda looking like new. Follow these steps to preserve the finish:

Park in the shade, not in the sun. If the vehicle was in the sun, let it cool before washing.
Spray the vehicle with cool water to remove loose dirt.
Fill a bucket with cool water and a 1/2 capful of mild detergent.
Wash the vehicle with the water and detergent solution. Use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Rinse the washed areas before they dry.
Remove any sap or road tar with a formulation made specifically for that purpose. Carefully read the label to be sure that the product will not damage paint. Rinse and re-wax the area even if the rest of the vehicle doesn't need waxing.
Dry the vehicle with a chamois or soft towel. Air drying causes dulling and water spots.
Wax the vehicle if water stayed on the hood or roof in large patches. Water forms beads or droplets on cars with adequate coats of wax.
Apply a high-quality liquid or paste wax according to the instructions on the container. If the paint has a build up of "road film" that won't wash off, use a combination cleaner/waxer instead. Choose a non-abrasive cleaner designed for today's two-step paint finishes, which are topped by a clear, protective coating.

Guarding Against Sun Damage
On your Honda's exterior, UV rays can harm outside paint. Pro Honda Car Care Spray Cleaner & Polish, formulated exclusively for Honda, blocks UV rays and inhibits sun damage. This "detailer in a can" cleans road grime, bugs, grease, and dust without water, leaving a glistening showroom shine. On the inside, UV rays can damage dashboards and seats. Use Pro Honda Car Care Vinyl/Leather Protectant regularly to clean, polish, and protect your vehicle's interior and help guard damage from water spills.

Fighting the Winter Doldrums
Winter's road salt and freezing temperatures can quickly dull and damage your Honda. In snowbelt areas, clean the underside of your vehicle, as well as the rest of the vehicle. Check all rubber seals on doors and lids, and treat them with a quality rubber care product.

Protecting Your Honda's Paint Job
Inspect your vehicle regularly for stone chips and scratches. Keep a list of detailing and touch-up work that may be needed during your next scheduled dealer maintenance. Honda's touch-up paint, available from your dealer, camouflages tiny chips and protects against rust and corrosion.

Pro Honda Car Care Products
Your Honda dealer offers a full line of interior and exterior vehicle care products, formulated exclusively for your Honda. Designed specifically for today's new composite materials and painting systems, they were created in response to environmental concerns. Products include:

Glass Cleaner
Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser
Spray Cleaner & Polish
Vinyl/Leather Protectant
 
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