Should I use soap?
Buy a car wash product from your local auto parts store or department store. It cuts down on water spotting and helps remove the dirt. Regular dish soap is a nightmare!
Should I pre-soak the car?
You should hose down your car first before you get the wash bucket and sponge. This will remove surface dirt and allow the underlying dirt to soak for easier removal.
Should I use a brush?
I would recommend using a hand sponge. Even soft bristled brushes can leave scratches in your car’s finish. Using a hand sponge will allow you to get up close and personal with the car and see the hidden dirt and give your car a better appearance.
Should I just let the car air dry?
I recommend using a shammey cloth. It’s made from sheep skin and will not scratch your car’s finish. If you allow the car to air dry then you will have water deposits on your car. The car wash that you bought will cut down on water deposits but the water will still leave a residue. Simply place the shammey cloth on the surface of your car and wet it down. Ring it out each time you wipe away the water. Remember the key is to roll the water off of the surface of your car. Laying it out flat then dragging the cloth back to you will give you the best results.
Do I have to wax my car after I wash it?
You should only have to wax your car once per month with high quality Carnauba wax. I recommend Mothers© or McGuire’s©. There are touch up products that you can buy to use in between waxing. Follow the directions but please make sure you are out of the sun! You will have to chisel that stuff off if you don’t. If you can’t find any shade or pull your car in a garage, then only do one section at a time. For example, start with the hood and watch it dry and then wipe it off. Then move to a fender etc. If you have a fading car finish then first apply a high quality restoration paste before you apply the Carnauba wax. It’s a lot of work but will pay off in the end!
How do I clean my tires?
Wash your tires last as they are the dirtiest parts of the car. After they dry you can apply a tire shine spray to make them look brand new. Take care not to leave any excess spray on your rims. Some people use Armor All© on the tires. You won’t get quite the same shine but it does clean the tires very well and bring back color depth.
Is that all I have to do?
Actually this is just the beginning. You should always remember to vacuum out your car and use a vinyl or leather protector for the interior. Common window cleaner is excellent for cleaning the glass.