Its Sunday again, the day you finally get to sit back relax, leisurely sip your cup a tea and get to taking care of things that matter the most. No, not some home chore, but something that is closer to the heart, your car. While your car may be taken care of every day, by some hired help who comes and just haphazardly does your car wash, washing her just right is something only you can do. So if you are looking for how best you can keep that showroom shine alive on your first – first hand car, even after several years, here are some dos and don’ts about washing your car, because it is simple things like that, that can make all the difference.
- It is always a good idea to wash your car as regularly as possible. If you are one of those who are meticulous about their car being washed every day, well kudos to you- every other day will also prolong that new car look. So if you are thinking about cutting of that extra expense that goes into paying the watchman, who washes your car every morning, well think again.
- It is always a good idea to hose down your car before you set out to wash it with detergent. The hosing helps cool down your car’s sheet metal. Too cumbersome; look at it as a pre wash that gets rid of all the grit and grim before you get your hands dirty.
- It is a good practice to wipe your car dry after you have washed it. Don’t allow it to naturally dry in the sun especially if the area you live in has hard water. The minerals in the hard water, once dried over time, may erode the paint on the car. This also applies to rain water, especially when you have an incidence of acid rain in your area. Acid is harmful for paint and your car.
- Using abrasive material for any polished surface is a bad idea, and it goes for your car too. You are better off using the humble sponge or mittens to wash your car down.
- Don’t wait until the next wash to get rid of that bird poop or that nasty ‘pan’ stain on the car. The acids in the bird poop can ruin the enamel paint that goes on your car. This will not only ruin the paint coat on your car, it will also erode into the clear coat, which will need a good scrubbing with a sandpaper to get off. When you spot a stain, tend to it immediately with water and sponge.
- Never wash your car, when it is hot. The soap and water solution tends to evaporate too fast, giving your car a dull finish. So if you have parked in a sunny spot, first drive to a shaded spot, cool your car down and then wash.
With these tips and tricks, we’re sure you will be able to preserve your car for ages.