2005 Buick ParkAvenue Owners Manual PDF | Page 319

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
the vehicle.
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
page 5-87.
Finish Care
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
paint ?nish.
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.
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2005 Buick ParkAvenue Owners Manual Summary of Content

Washing Your VehicleThe paint nish on the vehicle provides beauty, depth ofcolor, gloss retention, and durability.The best way to preserve the vehicles nish is to keep itclean 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 soapsor chemical detergents. Be sure to rinse the vehicle well,removing all soap residue completely. GM-approvedcleaning products can be obtained from your dealer. SeeVehicle Care/Appearance Materials on page 5-90.Donot use cleaning agents that are petroleum based,or that contain acid or abrasives. All cleaning agentsshould be ushed promptly and not allowed to dry on thesurface, or they could stain. Dry the nish with a soft,clean chamois or an all-cotton towel to avoid surfacescratches and water spotting.High pressure car washes may cause water to enterthe vehicle.Cleaning Exterior Lamps/LensesUse only lukewarm or cold water, a soft cloth and a carwashing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses.Follow instructions under Washing Your Vehicle onpage 5-87.Finish CareOccasional waxing or mild polishing of the vehicle byhand may be necessary to remove residue fromthe paint nish. GM-approved cleaning products can beobtained from your dealer. See VehicleCare/Appearance Materials on page 5-90.The vehicle has a basecoat/clearcoat paint nish. Theclearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the coloredbasecoat. Always use waxes and polishes that arenon-abrasive and made for a basecoat/clearcoatpaint nish.Notice: Machine compounding or aggressivepolishing on a basecoat/clearcoat paint nish maydamage it. Use only non-abrasive waxes andpolishes that are made for a basecoat/clearcoatpaint nish on your vehicle.Foreign materials such as calcium chloride and othersalts, ice melting agents, road oil and tar, tree sap, birddroppings, chemicals from industrial chimneys, etc.,can damage the vehicles nish if they remain on paintedsurfaces. Wash the vehicle as soon as possible. Ifnecessary, use non-abrasive cleaners that are markedsafe 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 periodof years. To help keep the paint nish looking new, keepthe vehicle in a garage or covered whenever possible.5-87