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Your car is an extension of your home and even yourself, but how frequently do you give it the same care as you do yourself or home?

To help you out, here are simple but ingenious hacks that will make your life on the road a little easier and a lot more comfortable. These hacks will also ensure that your car looks good and lasts for a long time:

Make use of high-tech paint coating

You should coat your paint with ceramic nanoparticles. This hand-applied coating chemically bonds with the exterior surfaces of your automobile to form a hard finish that is so durable that it can even make your paint scratch-resistant while repelling water and other hazards.

What you’ll see is a finish that has depth and will protect your car from damage. Your automobile will also become cleaner.

When you do wash your car, the dirt just rinses away, which means less work and more time driving.

When you are applying the paint coating, ensure that you have it done in a reputable protective car film shop. This way, you are sure that the work is done by a professional who knows what they are doing.

You also should apply a high-quality coating that will give your car the protection you are looking for. Thankfully, there are many coatings that you can choose from. The most popular ones are CQuartz and Optimum Gloss-Coat.

You should research and find the right one for your car.

Use tinted window clings as movable shades.

Every driver is aware of that strange time of day when the sun comes through the windshield at precisely the right angle, preventing the visors from swinging or tilting far enough to block the dazzling beams. Most people simply squint, or if they have sunglasses, they put them on.

When you are driving, you should stop squinting and install a piece of tinted window cling in the exact position where your eyes will be protected from the light. This method is highly effective, and you should adopt it. After all, it is what airline pilots do.

Defog your headlights with toothpaste.

As headlights age, the plastic covers oxidize, causing them to turn yellow and hazy. This not only prevents the car lights from being bright, but it also gives your car a cheap look. You don’t want your car headlights to look like this, do you?

To restore their luster, spread some toothpaste (one with baking soda works especially well) into the headlights and then scrub them with an old toothbrush.

After the toothpaste has dried, spray with water and rub with paper towels to remove the paste.

Protect the car paint with a clear bra.

Gone are the days of black car bras that preserve your paint while making your car look uglier. Today, you can choose a transparent, glossy, and long-lasting bra that is practically imperceptible to the untrained eye.

It’s just a clear film of the thickness of a business card that provides a physical layer of protection against road damage. If correctly applied, it will protect the paint against flying items encountered during routine daily driving. As a consequence, you keep your car looking good for a long time.

As a rule of thumb, use a high-quality protection material. You also should ensure that the material is installed by a professional.

Protect your windshield

Most people will protect their car paint and windows and fail to give attention to the windshield. This is wrong.

You should place a coating on the outside of your windshield to protect it against highway rock hits and road debris.

This coating will act as a bodyguard for your windshield, absorbing nicks, scrapes, and pits before eventually being replaced.

When properly installed, the coating has a shelf life of around a year. You can get more life from the coating if you don’t drive your car daily. You should absolutely get a professional to install it because it must be heat-shrunk at a very high temperature to fit exactly to your windshield.

It also doesn’t come cheap, so when it’s installed by an inexperienced technician, you are bound to lose a lot of money.

Always remove sticker residue as soon as possible.

Whether it’s a parking permit or a bumper sticker, when it comes time to take it off, the sticker leaves a gooey mess behind. You don’t want this mess to stay here for a long time, do you?

When you’re dealing with a sticky situation, place a piece of damp newspaper on top of the residue and leave it for around 15 minutes. When you return, the adhesive will have softened and will be much easier to remove.

The last thing you should do is to let the mess stay on the windshield for too long as it will attract dust that will give it an ugly look.

Protect the car doors with pool noodles.

Trying to park the car without causing damage in a small garage can seem like a futile effort. Even if you manage to drive in without hitting your fender, you must be careful not to scrape your car doors when you open them.

If you cut a pool noodle in half and screw it to the wall, you can park without a care. If you can get the car into the garage in the first place, the soft bumper will shield your doors from dings.

Protect the insides of the car with tinting material

Almost any car that has spent a significant portion of its time outside will have an interior that is plainly suffering. Thankfully, you can protect the insides by tint.

Window tint prevents 99.9% of dangerous UV rays from reaching not only you but also the interior of your vehicle.

Several people believe that tints must be “limo” black to have the desired effect, however, several manufacturers create window films that are almost clear and block just as much of the UV spectrum.

For the best outcome, ensure that the installation is done by professionals working in reputable window tint shops Springfield. The amount of money you spend on the tint varies depending on the tint and number of windows.

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