Thorough bi-weekly washes and careful hand drying can b the best care for your freshly detailed vehicle. Think of the surface as you would your face, it needs to be properly taken care of in order to keep that healthy glow. Improper techniques will cause unsightly swirls and scratches in the paint requiring compounding or polishing to correct.
Some contaminats, if not removed, do serious long term damage to the paint if they are allowed to remain. Two common organic compounds are bug remains and bird droppings. Another unsightly problem is the comtaminates from the breaks "break dust". It contains metal shavings from the rotors and adhesives used in production of break pads. break dust itself, is highly corrosive and very sticky. Washing your vehicle will remove these contaminates before they have the opportunity to do unsightly permanent damage
Start by using carwash soaps like the ones offered by Sonax or Meguiar's; do not use detergent soaps such as dish soap, they will strip away any protection you have on the vehicle. using the two bucket method is best, one bucket with clean soapy water and the other is a rinse bucket to wash out your dirty mitt or sponge. It is beneficial to have a "Grit Guard" in each bucket to capture the dirt and contaminats (for sale at Pristine Detailing, LLC). Every time you finish waning a panel rinse out the mire in the rinse bucket and dip back into the soap before starting the next panel so the conaminats don't end up back on your paint.
When "Hard Water"evaporates, it leaves minerals and dirt on the surface of your car. So when you are done with the wash, dry the surface with a soft micro-fiber towel.
For paint protections use a spray or hand wax recommended by your professional detailer. For your rims use non acid tire and rim cleaner. Remember you can always talk to your detailer about your vehicle and how to maintain it.
Posted on 03/30/2016 at 08:45:00 AM
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