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I know a lot of us wash our cars on a regular basis. But most of people don't know that they are doing more damage to their car by improperly washing it. Here's a step by step guide on properly washing your car.

Many of us enjoy the benefits of a freshly hand washed car. However, without proper knowledge you may be doing more harm than good. Washing a car improperly will induce micro-marring known as Swirls or Spider-Webbing.
The cause of this damage is due to foreign particles trapped in your washing materials. This can happen several ways such as:

  • Improper storage of materials when not in use.
  • Improper materials such as using Dishsoap*, old T-Shirts, etc.
  • Improper washing techniques which lead to further damage in the drying stage.

Materials
The following materials are recommended for proper washing.

  • Two regular Wash bucket’s or a single grit trap bucket.
  • Either 100% Sheepskin Wash Mitt, Wash Sponge, or a Sponge Wash Mitt.
  • Sponge, or Terry Towel for wheels.
  • Quality Car Wash Soap.

Procedure

1. When washing a car try to do it in an atmosphere where the paint surface is not hot to the touch. Shade or garages are the best atmosphere. Overly high temperature cause’s the water and soaps to evaporate too quickly not giving them a chance to remove the necessary particles.


2. Start by thoroughly spraying the entire vehicle with a nozzled hose, or pressure washer. Pay particular attention to heavily soiled areas, trying to remove as much dirt as possible in this stage. If possible work from top to bottom in a downward angle.


3. Use a soap specifically designed for washing automotive paints. These soaps have special oils and lubricants in them specially designed to lift and remove foreign particles. These soaps are also very low on the PH scale and will not strip previous waxes.


4. Start by washing the wheels, this will eliminate any brake dust or harsh wheel cleaners from contacting a freshly washed panel.


5. By using two buckets you greatly reduce the possibility of tracking dirt into your wash mitt. Your soapy water will also stay much cleaner. Simply fill one bucket with your soap/water mixture and the other bucket with just water. After every application of Soap/Water dip and shake the wash mitt in the water bucket. This will loosen and clean the wash mitt BEFORE applying more soap/water to the mitt. The soap solution will stay much cleaner and the majority or dirt will stay in the water bucket. You can also use special Grit Guard bucket insert. These insersts provides a screen or false floor in the bottom where loose particles fall beneath. This makes it impossible to come in contact with these particle when re-entering the wash bucket for more soap. You can also use a foam gun to cover the vehicle in suds.


6. Scrub the vehicle from top to bottom, try to follow the contours of the vehicle or any distinct body lines. By doing this mishaps are much less noticeable. By washing in a circular motion any mishaps will be at all angles and much more noticeable. Rinse often! After every application of soap rinse the vehicle before going back for more soap.


7. After you are finished washing, do a final rinse on the entire vehicle. For the final rinse remove the hose nozzle. Start from top to bottom and with the flowing water inches away from the surface sheet off any remaining or misses debris/soap. This sheeting rinse will pull materials down and leave much less water on the surface. There will be little water beading with this technique making it much easier and quicker to dry.

*NOTE: Using dishsoap regularly to wash a vehicle will strip your protecting waxes. The high acidity will also dry out any plastic/rubber trim over time. However, there is a certain time you DO want to use a dishsoap! There are times you would like to strip off your current waxes and try a new product; dishsoap will remove these waxes and leave your paint surface bare, ready for another wax application or polish. Dishsoap will not remove synthetic waxes such as Klasse.
 

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I know this is a bit off topic but when I dry my vehicles, I've been using my Wet/Dry vac on "blower" mode to get at all the nooks and crannies where water can hide.
If your vehicle has been waxed you can see the water blow right off.

One word of caution is to make sure the nozzle tip is secure, you wouldn't want it to blow off and hit your car. (I have a spare nozzle and used duct tape to keep it from blowing off)
 

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GREAT POST! I can't stress enough the use of 2 buckets!

I found out months ago that my girlfriend at one point used DISHWASHER soap to clean her old Honda Civic. I almost flipped out when I found this out. Poor girl just didn't know. She's not as much into cars as I am. I had to buy her a car washing kit and made sure that no dishwasher soap touches her Scion tC.

Griot's Garage is a great website for car care products. Check it out!
 

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as west as you can get!

we have water :p but I live in an apartment, and don't have a spigot. What's my best alternative?
 

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as west as you can get!

we have water :p but I live in an apartment, and don't have a spigot. What's my best alternative?
I'm in the same situation as you. I live in an apartment building but I might go to a Self Service Car Wash around Northern NJ. I'd prefer to wash it myself then go to an automatic car wash.
 

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I prefer to have women in t-shirts and shorts gently washing my car, but that type of service can't be found where I live during the winter months.
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I checked out Griots Garage stuff. Looks like quality stuff, but yikes! expensive! They do have a spray-on wash solution, which might work for me.
 

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Take my word for it. Find a nice car wash that has lovely ladies in white Tees and shorts to hand wash your car. It is a very rewarding experience and hand washes can be much safer.
:rolleyes:

I checked out Griots Garage stuff. Looks like quality stuff, but yikes! expensive! They do have a spray-on wash solution, which might work for me.
 

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I checked out Griots Garage stuff. Looks like quality stuff, but yikes! expensive! They do have a spray-on wash solution, which might work for me.
I agree with Griots Garage being pricey but man I love their ****! Especially now that I have my Juke I'm going to make sure that every nook and cranny is cleaned and looking smooth.
 

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What would you suggest using to clean inside on the door panels. It seems like smears show up extremely easy-from what, I have no idea....but when I wipe them off with a small amount of water on a towel, it just worsens.
 

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Uh... Maybe I'm just silly but instead of going through all that I go to a touch-less car wash and it looks great to me. Shiny and clean every time I go and not one hand touches it.
 
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