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How To Properly Wash & Dry Your Vehicle:

Let us start by addressing some proper
procedures to follow prior to actually washing the vehicle. First, find
an area to work in with plenty of shade. With the sun beating on hot
soapy water, it can cause water etching and spots on your vehicles
paint. This will add more time in your routine removing them especially
if you are just washing and drying for maintenance and not planning on
doing a full routine. The paint and wheels should be cool to the touch
prior to washing. Next step, take a look at your attire, no jeans, no
belts, no buttons, no rivets, no zippers, and no jewelry or other
potentially hazardous objects. You may ask why, but the reasoning is
pretty simple, they all will easily scratch your paints surface even
with very minimal pressure. Also at this time ensure that all windows
are completely up and doors, hood and trunk are completely closed and
remove license plates or other easily removable items from the vehicle.

Prep Stage:

  1. Fill up one 5 gallon wash bucket about 3/4 full of water and the remaining 1/4 full of suds.
  2. Fill up the second 5 gallon wash bucket about 1/2 full of water.

Washing:

  1. Rinse down an area of the vehicle
    that you plan on washing. Start from the top of the vehicle and work
    your way down. Also, work in sections such as front fenders and hood, or
    passenger side and half of the roof.
  2. Walk around your vehicle and
    pre-treat any areas that have a lot of contamination, such as bug
    splatter, tar, and other road grime that may be difficult to remove,
    with a paint safe degreaser.
  3. Allow cleaner to sit on the contaminated surface for a few minutes (see manufacturers suggestion)
  4. Dunk your wash mitt dedicated for heavily contaminated areas in the bucket of suds.
  5. Gently glide your wash mitt across
    the areas that were treated with cleaner and heavily contaminated areas,
    such as, lower panels, front bumper and rear bumper.
  6. Return to the second wash bucket
    without suds and shake out your wash mitt in the clean water to remove
    loose contamination in the pile of the mitt. Then place the mitt back
    into the bucket of suds to continue washing.
  7. Rinse off of each panel of the vehicle as it is completed.
  8. Continue washing and rinsing the vehicle in the same fashion for all panels heavily contaminated.
  9. Empty the two buckets and refill them per instructions in the prep stage listed above.
  10. Dunk your second wash mitt into the
    suds, which should be your cleanest wash mitt, and gently glide your
    wash mitt across the rest of the vehicle starting top down. Work in a
    logical pattern and rinse the vehicle every couple of panels.
  11. Return to the second wash bucket
    without suds and shake out your wash mitt in the clean water to remove
    loose contamination in the pile of the mitt. Then place the mitt back
    into the bucket of suds to continue washing.
  12. Rinse off of each panel of the vehicle as it is completed.
  13. Once the entire vehicle has been
    washed and rinsed, remove the spray nozzle from the hose. Starting from
    the top of the vehicle sheet free flowing water from the hose off of the
    vehicle. You should begin to notice less water accumulation on the
    surface compared to just rinsing off the vehicle. When working down the
    sides of the vehicle, move the hose from left to right while getting
    lower and lower, this will ensure the water floods off of the vehicle
    and will cut your drying time down considerably.

Drying:

  1. After the vehicle has been sheeted off using the technique described above, take out your drying towels.
  2. Blot-dry any large pools of water
    with your drying towel. This will help get the towel damp which can
    increase its ability to absorb.
  3. Continue around the vehicle lightly wiping off any remaining water on your vehicle.
  4. If you plan on using a blower,  or an air compressor to blow out any seams and cracks, this would be the time to do it.
  5. Give the vehicle a final wipe down to ensure there is no water left on the vehicle.

After Washing & Drying Your Vehicle…

The next logical step in the complete
detailing process is to on your vehicle. Using a clay bar on your paint
will completely remove surface contamination that was not able to be
removed from a normal wash. To see if your paint could benefit from a
clay bar, glide your hand across your paint to feel for rough spots. To
amplify the ability to feel for contamination, put your hand in a
plastic sandwhich bag as you inspect your paint.

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