How To Wash And Dry A Car
Proper Washing & Drying Technique
Most of the swirl marks and light scratches on your vehicle are likely to cause by poor washing technique. Weekly washing and careful hand-drying can be the best care you can give your vehicle. Improper techniques will cause unsightly swirls and scratches in the paint requiring paint correction or polishing at the very least. You can eliminate these problems and save yourself extra work by following a few simple tips when washing and drying your vehicle.
A hose or pressure washer
2 soft washing mitts/plush microfiber towels, one for the wheels, it can be an old washing mitt to be economical
2 soft drying towels – waffle weave microfiber/quality plush microfiber towels,
3 buckets, 2 for the body and a third one for the wheels
PH neutral shampoo.
Foam gun can be used to pre-soaks the car with suds to loosen dirt and grime. Hose off soon after then wash regularly, is ideal for dark coloured car to further avoiding swirl and scratches
Always wash the car in shade and the car is cool to touch
- Wash the wheels and tires first. By doing that you avoiding the risk of transferring dirt and cleaner back on to the car and not allowing water on the car surface to dry too quickly and that can cause water spots on a hot day. Use the wheel bucket top with shampoo to clean all wheels, or spray a few squid of non-corrosive wheel cleaner and agitate with a brush/wheel brush to the internal of wheel rim, nut hole and use an older mitt for spokes and outer rim. Wash each wheel and tire one at a time and rinse thoroughly before moving on to the next one.
- Fill one bucket with soapy water and the other with clean water. Every time before you dip your sponge/mitt/microfiber into the soapy water, dip it in the clean water first, to rinse out the grit and contamination you’ve just removed from your vehicle. Then dip it in the soapy water to continue your washing.
A round plastic grit sits steadily in the bottom of a wash bucket and contamination and particles will settle to the bottom of the grit when you rinse your washing mitt
- Hose your vehicle thoroughly to remove loose debris starting from the top of the vehicle. Wash down the vehicle as opposed to front to back. Remember that the lower panels are dirtiest. You want to clean the windows and the upper panels before cleaning the lower half of the vehicle so you don’t transfer any grit to the top half of the vehicle. Rinse and reload you mitt often to prevent cross-contamination. Rinse your vehicle frequently as you work, especially in hot weather. For stubborn spots, like bugs or tar, pre-soaks with bug and tar remover for 2-3 minutes before hosing down and a soft sponge to agitate any residual, reapply polish/wax to the treated area after you’ve dried the vehicle.
- Rinse the vehicle top down with the nozzle off /shower mode with adjustable nozzle
- For drying use a plush microfibre towel or waffle weave towel to dry your car section by section, preferably in a straight one direction flow following the lines of the car and wring out water before the next panel. Use a separate tower for the wheels and arches
- Once you have finished the topside of the car, use another cloth for the lower under car panel, under the trunk and around the door jambs. Perhaps another cloth for the glass if preferred to a water spot free finish
- For enthusiasts, you can drive the car around the block to spit out excess water in the gaps and use a spray detailers soon after with or without wax to boost the gloss and protection. Skip this step if you’re going to put a coat of wax.
A good non sticking to the surface type is advisable and if harden dip in warm water to soften