I bought a black 2013 Mazda 3 iTouring hatchback in June. I know that black cars are a lot more work than other colors, but I didn’t want a red car due to insurance reasons and I really didn’t like the other options available on the lot (that Dolphin Gray color is just awful in my opinion). Also, I figure if I need to take care of the appearance of my vehicle, I will also take better care of everything else internally because it will “mean more” to me.
Anyway, I do have a few questions about how to keep my car looking nice.
I know that I’m going to have to wash my car more often. My friend (yes, from my other post) said that you MUST hand wash a black car. I don’t really have the space to wash it on campus, so I would have to go to an actual car washing facility. I know that the big foamy roller things can cause micro scratches so I should stay away from the touch automatic washes. I’m also confused about how, when, and where to wax my car.
My questions are these:
Is hand washing a must? What products do you use? How difficult is it to do a “good” job without having lots of streaks?
Are touchless car washes also an option?
How often do I need to wash my car? Just when it’s dirty?
Someone recommended that I wax every six weeks. Is that too often or not enough?
What products for waxing do you recommend? Is that difficult? How long does it take? Am I better off taking it in someplace?
Am I missing anything else?
I appreciate your time and consideration.