Frequent washing is the best way to maintain a new car finish. But as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don’t accidentally scratch or degrade the finish.
The best method is the 2 bucket approach:
Tip #1: The right equipment
To get started you need 2 buckets, car washing liquid, soft sponge/ or car wash mitt, a wheel brush, microfiber towel/ chamois.
In one bucket work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds as this provides lots of lubrication on the paint surface. The second bucket fill with clean water.
You may wonder why you need two buckets. It is important not to rinse out your dirty sponge in the clean suds bucket.
Hint … Don’t use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. Stick with using a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint.
Avoid driving through car washes as this causes light scratching and can strip the protection from the paint surface due to harsh chemicals used.
Tip #2: Rinse the car
First step is to rinse all surfaces of the car thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching.
Hint … Don’t wash your car when the car is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight. Let it cool down first. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances of water marks and spots to appear.
Tip #3: Wash the car
Start from the top and work your way around the car until you get to the wheels. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt. Rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.
Concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries.
Move the sponge in lengthwise strokes across the roof and other body panels. Avoid as circular motion as this can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks and also known as spider-web effect.
Hint … Don’t continue using a sponge that’s dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.
Tip #4: Wash the wheels
Always use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tyres. The sponge can become coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris from the wheels that could mark the car’s finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required.
Handy hint…Be sure the wheel cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that’s used on the wheels. To be on the safe side, choose a wheel cleaner that is acid free or labelled safe for use on all wheels.
Tip #5: Dry the car
Dry off the car use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or super absorbent towels.
Handy hint… Don’t let the car air dry, and don’t expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks caused by minerals in hard water. In addition, don’t use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint.
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