CAR TIPS COURTESY OF ACME AUTO BODY
Taking proper steps in
washing your car can enhance the effort of
detailing. Proper washing will keep
contaminants off your paint finish and
reduce dulling and deterioration of the
never wash your
car in open sunlight, if
possible. Also, make sure the car is cool.
Wash water and rinse water evaporate too
quickly and tend to leave water spots which
are salt and mineral deposits. Such deposits
are capable of eating through wax and
etching paint if left on the painted surface
for any length of time.
Use lukewarm or cool water.
Water which is too hot or too cold can cause
a shock to the paint and lead to microscopic
fractures of the paint surface.
Never use household detergent
- powdered or liquid - on your car. These
soaps are formulated to scour metals,
plastics and porcelains to remove grease and
oil. The mere fact that soap is advertised
as being gentle to your hands does not mean
it is gentle to your paint/wax finish. Many
of these soaps have high sodium or alkaline
content and are too strong for automotive
care. These soaps can accelerate paint
oxidation by depleting the oils from the
paint and also removing existing wax.
Use a pH
balanced or neutral (pH7) soap
on your car. Always check the label of the
soap you are using for a listing of all the
ingredients. You are better off using too
little soap than too much. Too much soap
will leave residue if not rinsed off
Soaps provide a
lubrication to the cleaning process going on
between the sponge or mitt and the painted
Wash your car from the top - down.
Some detailers use different sponges or
mitts for the upper part of the car from the
lower part of the car, since there are more
dirt particles on the lower part of the
vehicle which is closer to the road.
Rinse the car
often during the washing
process. Use a large bucket like an old
5-gallon joint compound bucket or a plastic
bucket form your favorite local donut shop.
Adding a teaspoon of vegetable oil
to the bucket prior to adding water and soap
will assist the soap in carrying away the
dirt particles from the painted surface
during the washing process.
In drying your car,
use at least a
couple of towels; one to
quickly push the water off the car, the
other to dry the surface of the car. Open up
all doors and lids on the vehicle to enable
semi exposed areas to dry completely. If you
insist on a chamois, use only an English Cod
Oil tanned chamois. Other chamois may remove
wax and eventually scratch the paint
surface. Synthetic silicone-free chamois are
available for quick and easy water removal
from the car. In any event, the final drying
procedure should be done with a cotton