Keep Your Car Looking New with These Car Washing Tips

Posted by Justin L on 12th Sep 2017

We all know that once you purchase a brand new car and take it off the lot, the car pretty much lost half of its value right there. Now, don't be upset about it because you just got a brand new car. We are here to give you tips on how to keep it looking brand new so that one day when you do decide to sell it. The car will worth as much as possible for a used car. It doesn't matter where you live and the condition of your environment because you still need to get your vehicle washed and cleaned. Mud, dirt, bird droppings, salt, and tree sap are a few of the things that you do not want to let sit on your vehicle for a long time. Lets go ahead and take care of your ride.

Hand wash is the best car wash.

Many people would recommend hand washing your vehicle because you are in control of the wash and not some machine turning and churning a thick cloth at your precious paint. Hand washing gives you a chance to experience the tactile shape of your baby, and it's also a great way to inspect and familiarize yourself with the car's surfaces.

Just remember this, don't be like the 60 percent of the population that uses dishwashing detergent when washing the car. It gets the car clean, but strips any protective wax coatings, exposing the vehicle to possible nicks, scratches, and stains. A carwash solution will preserve your car's finish. There are many options you can pick up at your local car shops. Dishwashing detergent is not the solution (no pun intended).

When water evaporates, it leaves minerals and dirt on the surface of

your car. So when you're done with the wash, dry the surface with a rubber-blade squeegee or get one of those water soaking material sheet.

When should you wash the car?

Do not wait for your car to accumulate a layer of crud before you decide to wash your car. Dead bugs, bird droppings, tree sap and chemicals from the atmosphere all leach acids that can strip away wax and eventually eat into your car's paint. If left too long, they can cause damage that requires sanding and repainting the area to correct. Especially when Halloween is coming up, if you get an egg on your car, please rinse it off quickly with lukewarm water. I do mean "right away quickly."

Do wash off dead bugs, bird droppings, and tree-sap mist as soon as possible. Other than this, a weekly car wash will keep the finish in its best shape. Do your best to wash your car in the shade, late afternoon is ideal when the sun isn't so harsh. In addition, if you live in an area that suffers from acid rain, rinse your vehicle off after a period of rainy weather. Otherwise, acidic chemicals in the rainwater will be left on the

surface after the droplets have evaporated, leaving a mark that can permanently mar the paint. You can find special solvents made especially for removing road tar at the same place you purchase your car wash soap. Dried bugs can be easily removed with a mixture of baking soda and water (make sure the baking soda is dissolved). Remember, it’s easiest to see and treat these areas when the car is dry. Don't forget to re-wax these areas after you clean them.

What should you use?

Again, do not use dishwashing detergent or soap. We have repeated this three times so far. Head to your local car shops and pick up a bottle of liquid car wash soap. They do not cost much and if you don't know then ask an employee.

Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge.

Use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car's finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the 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 that come on today's cars. To be

on the safe side, choose a cleaner that's labeled as safe for use on all wheels. Ask for help at the store if you are not sure about what cleaners to get.

Pick up a few of those water soaking cloths to rinse and dry off the car. These will do wonder and pick up the squeegee blade to get all the water droplets off.

Method to washing.

Try not to, actually do not wash your car when the body is hot. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form. You will just be wasting your time if you did that.

Do not move the sponge in circular motion. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And 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

Rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, 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. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car. Use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. This creates a sheeting action that helps minimize pooling of water. Spraying the car will just shoot disperse soap and foam to other areas that you have already cleaned. You will just be repeating the process again.

Work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water. Keep it foamy and if you start to feel grain in the rinse bucket then you should change out the water.

Remember to dry off the car as soon as possible and as quick as possible as you do not want dry spots.

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