By Cars.com EditorsJune 6, 2017
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With so many cars coming off the assembly line with fresh coats of deep, glossy black paint, we gathered tips on how to keep that luster looking as good as new. Matt Schmitz shows how to help keep any car's paint color free of scratches and swirls.
(upbeat music) Vehicles come in all hues but for my money, all the coolest cars are black. From the Batmobile to James Dean's Mercury from "Rebel Without a Cause" to KITT from "Knight Rider."
But Hasselhoff would've looked decidedly less awesome if his talking Trans-Am paint job had been marred by tiny swirls and scratches from careless car washing. Since black is the second most popular car color on the planet and the best part of owning a black car in the first place is catching your reflection in that deep, dark, mirror-like shine, we thought we'd show you some proper washing techniques before you do something to your brand new ride that you'll regret. Now, black paint doesn't scratch any easier than any other color. It just shows up more due to the white appearance of the clear coat when scratched. Often a result of careless car washing as even tiny dirt particles can cause damage as you grind them into the paint. Similarly, avoid all costs the spinning brushes of doom in an automatic car wash, or even a professional hand wash if you don't know their rep. Better to go touch free or just do it yourself. First, remove as much grim as possible before scrubbing with a high pressure hose down. Use two buckets to keep the dirty rinse water and clean soapy water separate to prevent fragments from contaminating your scrubbing water. Don't use dish soap to clean your car. It could strip away your wax or sealant. Instead buy a car wash solution intended for the job which minimizes friction. Use a high quality microfiber chenille mitt, starting with the top of the car, working your way down and rinsing the mitt in your plain water bucket to dislodge debris as you go. For drying, use a scratch-free microfiber towel but don't just drag it across the surface. Lay the cloth over a wet section and pat it down or at least use nice, soft, slow motions. Or, ain't nobody got time for that, could use your leaf blower. (leaf blower whirring) (upbeat music)