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Bucket, Soapy Water & Elbow Grease-Cleaning The Exterior
you take your vehicle out, the dirtier the car is likely to get.
From traveling through construction zones, to traveling on
back roads you can encounter fresh tar, gravels, dirt roads, and
grime from traffic. If
you are likely to go through a car wash you will find that some
types of these dirt will not just wash off.
wash your car by hand in your driveway or in the back yard there are
a few tips to keep in mind for a sparkling car:
starting to wash your car, you should always start with a presoak on
the tires to get off the grime and dirt from your brakes.
If it has been a while since your last car wash, you will
notice this type of dirt is more difficult to get off.
An easy trick in cleaning your wheels is to grab an old
toothbrush and a bottle of vinegar. Using a spray bottle to spray the vinegar on the wheel and
the toothbrush to rub it in, you can usually hose off the dirt.
If you find that it is not coming off easily, spray on the
vinegar and let it soak while you are cleaning other parts of your
vehicle and then re-spray and rub with the brush when it has had a
better chance to loosen the dirt.
to buckets of water, one bucket of hot soapy water for getting the
first layer of dirt off, and then use the second bucket of hot soapy
water and separate sponge or rag to wipe off the next layer of dirt.
If you use the same rag or sponge on the bottom of the car
that you use on the top portions of your car, you can easily scratch
the paint with dirt and tiny rocks that may get caught in your rag.
So, use one rag and bucket of water for the bottom, and one
bucket and rag for the top and cleaning it twice will ensure that
you get all of the grime off your car.
are finished washing your car, you shouldn’t use a dry rag or
cloth to try and spot clean the car, this will lead to additional
scratches. If you must
‘dry’ off your car, choose a moist towel to soak up extra beads
of water allowing the car to sun dry as you are wiping for a streak
free and scratch free clean.
you have washed the car is the best time to wax the exterior of your
car. If you wash your
car, drive to work and back, and then wax your car you will find
that you are sealing the dirt into the paint of the car with the
wax. Your car will not
be clean enough for a wax at that point.
When you wash the car is the best time to wax the car.
are washing the car, you can pre-spray the bumpers with vinegar to
loosen the bugs and bird ‘stuff’ without harming the chrome on
your car or truck.
idea for a sparkling car, invest a few dollars in glass wax.
Glass wax will keep your window shiny and dirt free longer
than just a wash with soap water will.
Glass wax is also a little different than regular car body
wax, as it will help make scratches and pits in the glass less
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