When you dropped your car off at the auto body shop, you couldn’t wait to see its new paint job. Perhaps you asked the auto body pros to fix those unsightly scratches on the hood and the doors. Maybe you requested a full paint makeover so your favorite ride will bear your favorite colors. Whatever the situation, your excitement was hard to ignore.
The paint technicians quickly completed the requested service, and you loved the outcome. But on the drive home, you started worrying about all those sources of grime that can quickly gunk up your new paint job.
If that worry sounds familiar, put it to rest. You can’t keep bird droppings, tree sap, winter road salt, or even dirty rain from contacting the beautiful paint on your car, but you can wash your car regularly and properly, as described below.
How often you should wash your car depends on where you park it and how often you drive it. If you drive your car daily and park it in a covered spot at night, give it a good washing every two to three weeks.
By contrast, if you park your primary vehicle in a lot or on the road at night, you’ll probably need to clean it every 7 to 10 days. And if the car gets driven only occasionally, it likely needs to be washed less often-about every two or three months. Wash with the proper supplies.
A car wash is only as effective as the supplies you use. Purchase or gather the following before you begin the cleaning process:
Don’t skimp on quality when you choose what to wash with, especially when it comes to the cleaning solutions you use. Dishwashing detergent and a household window cleaner contain chemicals that strip away the protective layers on your paint and the glass. You can find car-friendly washing supplies at an auto parts store or in the automotive aisle of a superstore.
With your supplies at your side, you’re ready to actually wash your car. Follow the steps below to ensure you perform an effective and car-safe wash.
That’s it. You now know how to wash your vehicle like a pro. Next time you get out the bucket and suds, wash your car according to the instructions above so your new paint job will retain its just-out-of-the-shop gleam.