The A-Z Guide to Washing Your Car Like A Pro

 | Automotive

Are you not satisfied with your car wash even after paying an eye-watering amount for a full valet? Well, it’s high time you take matters into your own hands now.

Many car wash centres say they use high-quality brushes, polishes and other accessories to get into your wallets, but their statements sound vague when you find that they are actually cheap materials.

Well, this means that you can wash your car on your own and why not? After all, it’s your car. So, let’s get on with it. Read along and check out the tips given below to know how to wash your car like a pro.

Check the condition of your vehicle

You will get to know how to clean your vehicle better after you have checked its condition. If your car is brand new or already coated, it might need just a wash and wax to maintain, but a car that has not been washed for a long time should be cleaned and polished thoroughly.

Read the label

It is advised that before you use any chemical compounds to wash your car, read the label thoroughly. The application for wax, soap or detailer may vary from vehicle to vehicle and brand to brand.

For example, an aluminium wheel may get ruined if you use a chrome wheel cleaner as it is extremely acidic in nature. You will also have to buy some high-quality microfiber clothes and make separate bunches to use for wheels, windows and paint. Make sure that you are washing your cleaning mitts and towels after every use.

Washing Your Car

After a thorough wash, you will get rid of loose contaminants like mud, dirt and dust from your car’s exteriors. It is necessary that you always use a car-washing soap as a dish cleaner or liquid detergent may end up damaging your car’s paint and wax job.

You may end up getting your car scratched while you are cleaning so, be careful and get rid of large clumps of dirt using a dry cloth and clean mitts.

Prepare the Surface

After you are done washing your car, you may notice swirls, scratches and places where the paint has oxidized. If you feel little bumps after running your hand over your car’s clean surface, you might have to go a step further with the cleaning.

With the help of a clay bar, you can get rid of stubborn bonded contaminants. The clay bar will also remove wax along the process and restore a smooth finish to your car’s paintwork.

Begin by kneading the clay bar into a flat wafer and use the detailer as a lubricant. Hold the clay bar in the palm of your hand and run it over the bumpy surfaces of your car.

To get rid of etching and scratches below the surface, you will have to use a compound. It can be applied with the help of dual application polisher or applicator pads and has to be wiped away soon after its application.

A compound paint cleaner needs to go deep enough to work and you may have to use it twice or thrice depending upon the scratches. There are some scratches which can’t be fixed and for that, you will have to repaint the car.

Polishing for extra gloss

You can apply the polish to your car just the way you apply lotion to your skin. You can even use a dual action polisher to apply polish to your car. If your car is dark coloured, add in some conditioning oils as it will help raise the depth of the colour and gloss before waxing.

Wax to protect

Wax acts as a sunscreen for your car. It protects your car’s paint from coming into direct contact with the UV rays and anything that falls on it. Getting your car waxed will also preserve its high gloss finish. The wax is available in two forms which are polymer and carnauba.

Though both waxes perform the same function, the polymer wax doesn’t haze as it dries and can be wiped soon after its application. Compared to carnauba wax, polymer wax is expensive and some say that it even performs better.

After you have done all the hard work, get your car wrapped from a car wrapping service so that it doesn’t lose its glow and shine. Also, always keep a microfiber cloth and a spray detailer in your car as it might come in handy when trying to remove bird droppings, dust and overspray.