Most of us never really give car washing much thought. A brush, sponge and a hose is all we ever think about. Some of us don’t ever bother and just go on self-service car washes to save time.
All of those who wash their cars by hand however, are rewarded with a car that will wear its paint beautifully even after many years on the road. This article goes through some basic tips on washing your car.
Do Not Use Brushes on Your Car’s Surface
It is generally best to avoid letting any sort of brush touch your car’s paint. These abrasive materials are meant to scrub of dirt and grime and make cleaning easier.
There are even brush-hose combos that are meant to take a dry car for an instant scrubbed bath. Unlike people a car’s skin top layer cannot regenerate. The glossy clear layer that gives a car its shine will wear out quickly if you keep using brushes to clean the surface of your car.
Instant Spray based “Car Washes” are a No No
Touch less car washes in a bottle are filled with nasty chemicals which get rid of the dirt and grime on your car. Unfortunately this also damages your paint in the long run.
Do Not Use Dish Washing Detergents
Using detergents meant for the kitchen as a substitute for car wash shampoos is bad. This myth should die. Dishwashing detergents contain powerful stripping chemicals that can obliterate your car’s coat if used excessively.
Yes there are gentler dish washing detergents but it is best to avoid using them. There are car wash shampoos or preparations that do not cost much higher than dish washing detergents.
Do Not Use Old Clothes to Wipe Your Car
Old clothes generally have run out of enough cotton fibers to be effective in removing dust and dirt on your cars surface. When washing your car it is best to use a mitt with soft fibers that can trap layers of dirt and take them off the car.
Tattered clothes act has sheets that do not take dirt and grains of sand away from the paint. They will drag all these abrasive materials on your paint and that will have the effect of sanding your car’s paint.
If you have old thick towels that have still have long cotton fibers then you can use them if you do not have car washing mitts at hand.
Avoiding these common practices should help you preserve your car’s paint for years to come. It is possible to maintain a shiny and glossy car for well up to a decade if you avoid these things that will damage your car paint prematurely.