Washing Your Vehicle
The paint ?nish on the vehicle provides beauty, depth of
color, gloss retention, and durability.
The best way to preserve the vehicle?s ?nish is to keep it
clean by washing it often with lukewarm or cold water.
Do not wash the vehicle in the direct rays of the sun.
Use a car washing soap. Do not use strong soaps
or chemical detergents. Be sure to rinse the vehicle well,
removing all soap residue completely. GM-approved
cleaning products can be obtained from your dealer. See
Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials on page 5-90.Do
not use cleaning agents that are petroleum based,
or that contain acid or abrasives. All cleaning agents
should be ?ushed promptly and not allowed to dry on the
surface, or they could stain. Dry the ?nish with a soft,
clean chamois or an all-cotton towel to avoid surface
scratches and water spotting.
High pressure car washes may cause water to enter
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
Use only lukewarm or cold water, a soft cloth and a car
washing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses.
Follow instructions under Washing Your Vehicle on
Occasional waxing or mild polishing of the vehicle by
hand may be necessary to remove residue from
the paint ?nish. GM-approved cleaning products can be
obtained from your dealer. See Vehicle
Care/Appearance Materials on page 5-90.
The vehicle has a ?basecoat/clearcoat? paint ?nish. The
clearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the colored
basecoat. Always use waxes and polishes that are
non-abrasive and made for a basecoat/clearcoat
Notice: Machine compounding or aggressive
polishing on a basecoat/clearcoat paint ?nish may
damage it. Use only non-abrasive waxes and
polishes that are made for a basecoat/clearcoat
paint ?nish on your vehicle.
Foreign materials such as calcium chloride and other
salts, ice melting agents, road oil and tar, tree sap, bird
droppings, chemicals from industrial chimneys, etc.,
can damage the vehicle?s ?nish if they remain on painted
surfaces. Wash the vehicle as soon as possible. If
necessary, use non-abrasive cleaners that are marked
safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign matter.
Exterior painted surfaces are subject to aging, weather,
and chemical fallout that can take their toll over a period
of years. To help keep the paint ?nish looking new, keep
the vehicle in a garage or covered whenever possible.