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Seasonal Car Valeting: Tips for Every Time of Year

As car owners, many of us focus on keeping our vehicles clean and well-maintained throughout the year. However, each season brings its own set of challenges when it comes to car valeting.

IPS Paint Supplies would like to share with you season-specific car valeting tips to help you tackle the unique challenges presented by summer, winter, and more.


• Protect Against UV Damage: During the summer months, the sun’s harsh UV rays can cause damage to your car’s paint and interior. To protect against fading and cracking, regularly apply a high-quality car wax or sealant that offers UV protection. Additionally, consider using a sunshade or parking in shaded areas to minimize sun exposure.
• Clean the Interior Regularly: Hot temperatures can lead to the buildup of dust, dirt, and grime inside your car. To keep your interior looking fresh, vacuum regularly and use a mild cleaner to wipe down surfaces. Don’t forget to clean and condition leather seats to prevent drying and cracking.
• Remove Insect Splatters Promptly: Summer drives often result in insect splatters on the front of your car, which can be stubborn to remove if left untreated. Use an insect remover spray or a mixture of warm water and dish soap to gently loosen and remove bug residue from your car’s paint.


• Protect Against Road Salt: Road salt used to melt ice and snow can be corrosive to your car’s paint and undercarriage. To protect against salt damage, regularly wash your car during the winter months, paying close attention to the undercarriage and wheel wells. Consider applying a protective coating or sealant to provide an extra layer of defence against salt corrosion.
• Keep the Interior Dry: Snow and ice can make your car’s interior damp, leading to mould and mildew growth. To prevent moisture build up, use floor mats to trap snow and water, and remove them regularly to dry. Consider using a dehumidifier or moisture absorber to keep the interior dry during the winter months.
• Protect Against Freezing: Freezing temperatures can cause door locks and windows to freeze shut, making it difficult to access or operate your vehicle. Apply a silicone-based lubricant to door seals and locks to prevent freezing. Additionally, consider keeping a de-icer spray or a small bottle of rubbing alcohol handy to quickly thaw frozen locks and windows.

Other Seasons

• Springtime brings pollen and tree sap, which can be difficult to remove from your car’s paint. Use a gentle car wash soap and a soft sponge to remove pollen and sap without scratching the paint. Consider applying a wax or sealant to protect against future contamination.
• During the Autumn months, falling leaves and debris can accumulate on your car’s exterior, potentially causing scratches and damage to the paint. Regularly remove leaves and debris from your car’s exterior, paying special attention to areas like the windshield wipers and hood vents. Consider using a leaf blower or a soft brush to gently remove debris without scratching the paint.

IPS Paint Supplies

Taking care of your car’s appearance and maintenance needs throughout the year requires attention to seasonal challenges. By following these season-specific car valeting tips, you can keep your vehicle looking its best and protected against the elements, no matter the time of year.

IPS Paint Supplies is leading supplier of top quality valeting products to both the automotive trade and to the general public. Read more here  or call us today on the numbers below:

Swansea: 01792 784078
Cardiff: 02920 022461