5. Wax
After cutting the paint with a good polish the surface will be free from chalky oxidation and if the condition was corrected in time, the original hue of the color will be restored. With the previous steps completed your paintjob will look almost as good as the day it rolled out of the paint booth. That said, the next step, applying a quality car wax will return, if not exceed, the original gloss of the finish. A premium wax will enhance gloss and depth of the finish while offering protection from the elements. How glossy or how long the wax will last depends on the individual brand. In addition to intensifying gloss a good car wax will fill and conceal minor scratches and abrasions from the human eye. Filling imperfections provides a barrier from the elements that slows the oxidation process. Maintaining a good coat of wax can stave oxidation off indefinitely. Not all car waxes are created equal, the quality of the ingredients vary, and ease of application does as well.

6. Glass Cleaner
Washing windows on a vehicle, whether it's a car or truck, is a whole different animal than washing the windows in one's home. Using a household glass cleaner with ammonia as an active ingredient can be the fast track to doing irreversible damage. This can run the gamut from tinted window film to the knobs on your truck's dashboard. There's more than one person who used a household window cleaner on knobs marked with white paint discovered the painted digits and delineations dissolved upon contact. Even in the best-case scenario, ammonia-free household glass cleaners streak and waste valuable time trying to achieve satisfactory results. The glass cleaners in aerosol cans spit and sputter and drip everywhere, use a hand pump for better control.