Washing a Car Works
Right here we have a whole article on how to wash a car. This is because few people know how to do it right. Basically, half the battle is being aware of the possible problems that can happen when one washes their car “improperly”. Here are some things to know:
- Do not wash your car when it is super hot – The heat will cause the soap and water to dry quick which will leave streaks on the paint. These streaks are hard to get off. If the weather is going to be a scorcher, first thing in the AM is a good time to do it or park the car in the shade.
- Set all items required for the washing near your car. This will make it easier to access, saving you from running back and forth.
- Don’t use a household detergent to wash the vehicle – This is one of the most common mishaps. Laundry soap, dish soap, and household cleaners are almost always too harsh to use on a car’s paint. They will likely hurt the clear coat on many of today’s cars. A dedicated car wash formula, on the other hand, contains a milder soap that won’t affect the protective coating. Take it from us, it’s worth the extra five bucks or so. Please go buy this before proceeding, if you don’t already have it!
- Do wash your vehicle soon after stuff has landing on it – According to this Roslyn, NY car dealer, you should wash your car as soon as you see nasty things like squashed bugs, bird droppings, etc. on the paint. Bird droppings, specifically, have a high acidity. It is left on the paint for any amount of time can eat into the clear coat.
- Do not use abrasive cloths or sponges for washing – Whether washing or drying, never use a rough cloth or other material with a surface that can leave scratches behind. A big soft sponge works well, or many detailers prefer to have a lamb’s-wool mitt. The reason: The thick nap of the lamb’s wool allows loose particles to be worked up into the wool rather than remaining on the surface.
- Do rinse out your sponge or cloth often – In fact, it is preferable to use separate buckets for suds and rinse water. This keeps abrasive dirt from getting mixed into the soapy wash water. The technique is to squeeze your sponge out in the rinse water and then dip it into the soap bucket for fresh suds.
- Please use a bug-and-tar remover when it is necessary. Mild car wash formulas often are not strong enough to remove road tar, grease, or like residues. For this, a good bug-and-tar remover is a great idea. It is formulated to be kind to your paint finish.
Do make use of a terry towel, or synthetic chamois to dry the vehicle – Many professional detailing shops use terry towels.