In order to maintain the appearance of your
vehicle, it is important to take proper care of
To protect the paint surfaces, wash your ve-
hicle as soon as you can:
∙ After a rainfall to prevent possible dam-
age from acid rain.
∙ After driving on coastal roads.
∙ When contaminants such as soot, bird
droppings, tree sap, metal particles or
bugs get on the paint surface.
∙ When dust or mud builds up on the sur-
Whenever possible, store or park your vehicle
inside a garage or in a covered area.
When it is necessary to park outside, park in a
shady area or protect the vehicle with a body
Be careful not to scratch the paint surface
when putting on or removing the body cover.
Wash dirt off with a wet sponge and plenty
of water. Clean the vehicle thoroughly using a
mild soap, a special vehicle soap or general
purpose dishwashing liquid mixed with clean,
lukewarm (never hot) water.
∙ Do not use car washes that use acid in the
detergent. Some car washes, especially
brushless ones, use some acid for clean-
ing. The acid may react with some plastic
vehicle components, causing them to
crack. This could affect their appearance,
and also could cause them not to function
properly. Always check with your car
wash to confirm that acid is not used.
∙ Do not wash the vehicle with strong
household soap, strong chemical deter-
gents, gasoline or solvents.
∙ Do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight
or while the vehicle body is hot, as the
surface may become water-spotted.
∙ Avoid using tight-napped or rough
cloths, such as washing mitts. Care must
be taken when removing caked-on dirt or
other foreign substances so the paint
surface is not scratched or damaged.
Rinse the vehicle thoroughly with plenty of
Inside edges, seams and folds on the doors,
hatches and hood are particularly vulnerable
to the effects of road salt. Therefore, these
areas must be cleaned regularly. Take care
that the drain holes in the lower edge of the
door are open. Spray water under the body
and in the wheel wells to loosen the dirt and
wash away road salt.
A damp chamois can be used to dry the ve-
hicle to avoid water spots.
Regular waxing protects the paint surface
and helps retain new vehicle appearance.
Polishing is recommended to remove built-up
wax residue and to avoid a weathered ap-
pearance before re-applying wax.
An INFINITI retailer can assist you in choos-
ing the proper product.
∙ Wax your vehicle only after a thorough
washing. Follow the instructions supplied
with the wax.
∙ Do not use a wax containing any abra-
sives, cutting compounds or cleaners that
may damage the vehicle finish.
Appearance and care