Padula’s Auto Body Pompano Beach, Florida recommends that you wash your car using the following method.
What You’ll Need
- Shady work-area
- Car wash soap. Never wash your car with dish soap. It’ll strip off the wax.
- 2 Large buckets
- 2 Thick wash mitts. Mitts with long dangling strands on them are less likely to scratch. Mitts, unlike sponges, can be washed well in washing machines to remove all the grit.
- Wheel brush
- A chamois or cotton microfiber towels. Microfiber towels work the best on all of a car’s surfaces. When you’re done using them, just toss them in the washing machine. Don’t use fabric softener. It can leach out of the towels and leave a residue on the surface.
What To Do
Park the car in the shade. This will keep the car from premature drying which can leave splotches on the paint.
Put all the supplies that you will need near the car.
Using two buckets fill one with water and car wash soap. Use the amount of soap recommended on its bottle. Fill the other bucket with plain water.
Retract the antenna and check that all windows are closed. Pull the windshield wipers away from the windshield until they lock into their propped position, away from the glass.
Use a hose wet the car to loosen the dirt and soften bird droppings. Don’t use a strong stream, as this might push grit over the paint and scratch it. Try to direct the flow downwards on all surfaces. Shooting the stream upwards around windows may cause water to leak into the car if there are flaws in the seals.
Do not use a brush on the car body — this will leave little scratches, instead soak a large wash mitt in the soapy water, being certain to wash out any dirt in it, and begin applying it to the car.
Starting at the top starting at the top, wash the car section by section. Leave the soap on the car for a few minutes… let the soap do the work of loosening the grime. Go around the car several times, washing lower areas with each round. Rinse the dirt out of the wash mitt in the bucket with plain water frequently. You don’t want the soap to dry on the paint and stain it. So after one section is washed, rinse it with the hose before moving on.
As you go, make sure that you keep the entire car wet, this will prevent droplets from drying on the paint and leaving water-spots. You want to be able to dry the car with towels before it air-dries.
The lower body and the wheels are the dirtiest parts so clean them last. Use a separate wash mitt for them.
Use dedicated cleaning tools for the wheels and tires. They pick up a lot of road grit and abrasive particles from your brakes, which could scratch your paint.
If the wheels are very glossy, use a sponge or a mitt to clean them just as you would the car body after hosing off as much of the extra dirt.
Use a plastic brush to clean the tire sidewalls.
It is important to rinse the bottom of the car thoroughly with a spray nozzle especially if the car has been exposed to salt.
Dry the vehicle with clean fresh towels or chamois.