There’s nothing more satisfying than a clean, shiny car that you just brought back from the depths of dirtiness. But, did you know each time you wash it, you could be causing more damage to the paintwork than if you’d left it alone?
Not many people can say they’ve never made a mistake or used incorrect washing techniques when cleaning their car. So, just how many of these are you guilty of?
Although it might seem a good idea to wash your car when the sun is shining, you’ll only create more work in the process. Heat from the sun causes water to evaporate too quickly, leaving dirty water spots all over the surface. You’ll even find swirl marks etched into the paintwork if you’re not careful.
Avoid the heartache of starting from scratch by washing your car in the shade at all times. Otherwise, wait until the evening when it’s not so hot, or early in the morning for best results.
One of the worst things you can do to your car’s paintwork is wash it with a sponge. The porous qualities may be great for absorbing water, but its flat surface means there’s nowhere for dirt particles to go. Other than smeared across your clear coat, leaving light scratches and swirl marks everywhere.
Instead, use a wash mitt made from long, fibrous materials. Lambswool, microfibre or synthetic materials all work to protect your paintwork as they trap dirt particles in the fibres, allowing you to smoothly wash the car without scraping the surface.
Your wheels are easily the dirtiest part of your car. Driving through all sorts of conditions makes them a hotspot for collecting mud, tar, brake dust and other debris along the way. Washing the wheels last, runs the risk of spraying mud and brake dust all over the paintwork, bringing you right back to where you started.
Best practise is to clean the wheels before the body, with a product that dissolves brake dust on impact, like Iron Arm Wheel Cleaner.
IRON ARM WHEEL CLEANER DISSOLVES BRAKE DUST ON IMPACT, GIVING YOUR RIMS A BRAND NEW SHINE!
Have you ever noticed how much dirt gathers in the bottom of the bucket after washing your car? Well, if you soap and rinse your wash mitt in the same bucket, you’ll gather up floating dirt particles and slap them straight back onto the paintwork. Never mind creating more work and having to rinse all over again, but you could end up causing micro-scratches to the car’s surface as you rub the dirt back in.
The two-bucket method is the only way to wash your car for smear and dirt-free results. Just fill one with detergent and the other with clean water. Use a grit guard in both buckets for best results and remember, Dunk, Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
Never make the mistake of using dish detergent to wash your car. While it may be a quick fix, it’s way too harsh for your paintwork. Degreasing properties can strip away the clear coat, leaving your paint exposed to the elements and vulnerable to rusting and corrosion.
A pH neutral detergent like Blizzard Snow Foam is the only soap you should put near your car, as it creates a slippery barrier that lubricates dirt for easy removal when pressure washing. Even better, it’s also perfect for a touch wash.
One application will blanket your car with a thick luscious foam that completely dissolves dirt, grease and grime to give you the safest and cleanest wash for your car.
Washing the bonnet or doors before you attempt to clean the roof is one step forward and two steps back. It may seem like the easiest route, as the roof is hard to reach by hand. But, if you start anywhere except the roof, any cleaning you’ve done will end up covered with dirty streaks when the residue is finally rinsed off the top.
Start as you mean to go on, washing from the top down to avoid cleaning the same area over and over.
After putting so much effort into cleaning your car properly, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is leaving it to dry naturally. Why bother cleaning it if you’re just going to let watermarks build up on the surface? Do this too often and those watermarks will become permanent, ruining your paintwork.
What you need is the Blackhawk Deluxe Microfibre Drying Towel. Premium twist pile fibres scoop up any residue dirt and can clean your whole car in seconds, without leaving any streaks or watermarks. Its extra-large size means you’ll only need one towel for the job, and it will last years.
BlackHawk Deluxe Microfibre Drying Towel is the FASTEST way to dry off your car after a wash. It's large surface area and high absorbency means that you can dry your car in seconds just by dragging the towel over the surface of your car.
Wheel arches gather an incredible amount of dirt from the road, as tar, grit, mud and brake dust are splattered up from the wheels at every angle. Forgetting or not believing how important it is to clean this area, results in a build of up dirt and moisture on exposed springs and bolts.
We all know moisture leads to rust, so prevent corrosion from setting in by remembering to wash the wheel arches when you clean your wheels.
Every time you wash your car, or even drive it, you run the risk of fading the paintwork and lifting the clear coat. Especially if there’s no protective layer on the surface. Without this layer, dirt and debris can etch into the paintwork, leaving marks that can only be cured with a respray.
Ceramic sealants like MA-101 Ceramic Detailing Spray protect your car from harsh environments and contaminants like UV rays, bird droppings, industrial fallout and even water. It prevents bug splatter and dirt embedding into the paint and saves an incredible amount of time when washing your car.
One application of this long lasting and extremely durable product will give your vehicle a mirror-like shine, and add a layer of ceramic coating for protection.
Think sending your car through a carwash is a good idea? Think again! Avoid like the plague if you don’t want your car to come out covered in scratches. A mix of harsh detergents and dirty rotating brushes is a sure way to damage your paintwork. You’ll end up paying a fortune to a car detailer to reverse the damage, if it’s even possible.
Instead of watching your money trickle down the drain, along with your car’s clear coat, invest in the Ultimate Car Care Package and give your ride the TLC it deserves.
You can avoid many of these car wash mistakes by buying the right materials (which can last a long time) and detailing your car at home, making it always look as if it just left the car dealer.
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