Washing your car is one of the simplest ways to take care of automotive paint.
While taking your vehicle to a car wash is quick and convenient, it’s advisable to wash your car by hand whenever possible. This procedure is gentler to your car’s paint and, if done correctly, delivers striking results.
Take Some Basic Precautions to Wash Your Car by Hand
Before you get down to work, take some commonsense precautions. Don’t wash your car while the body is hot. Soap and water dry faster with heat, increasing the chances that deposits will form.
If you drop the sponge you’re using, make sure to rinse it, as it may pick up dirt particles that scratch the paint of your car.
Be Careful with the Products you Use
When you wash your car by hand, don’t use household cleaning products, such as dish soap or hand soap. The formulations of these agents vary and it’s impossible to predict how they’ll interact with the paint of your car. Be sure to use products with a low pH value, designed specifically for automotive paint.
Read the Labels
Take the time to read the labels on the products you use to wash your car. Skipping this step may be tempting, but not all products are all-purpose and it’s important to make sure you understand specific indications such as the amount of product you should use and the recommended way to apply it.
Give Tires and Wheels Special Treatment
Tires are the part of your car in direct contact with the road, so it makes sense to give them special treatment. Since they tend to be specially dirty, use a separate sponge to clean your tires and wheels. Also, have at hand a separate bucket of water to use on those areas and consider buying dedicated cleaning products.
Look for Scratches
After you finish washing your car, take advantage of the pristine conditions of the body to look for scratches and dents. Particularly deep scratches may require a touchup with the help of an experienced professional.
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