Five Crucial Car Wash Tips For Beginners

Maintaining the appearance of a new car nowadays is far easier than what it used to be. Paints are of a higher quality, and there are better coats of protectant in the form of clear coats...

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Maintaining the appearance of a new car nowadays is far easier than what it used to be. Paints are of a higher quality, and there are better coats of protectant in the form of clear coats. But as good as they are, they’ll still benefit from a good car wash regime.

  1. Start by using a nozzle attachment that allows a variance from a wide angle to a power flow. The wide angle provides a broad and fine spray, making it more efficient to cover the car’s shapes. Spray from the roof down and move the nozzle in a linear direction.
  2. Car washes all perform the same basic job. Instructions will vary but all should recommend a cupful or two, using the lid as the measurer, and poured into a bucket of WARM water. There are some schools of thought which recommend using warm water to rinse the car BEFORE washing and that certainly won’t hurt. Consider washing your dishes or hair in cold water with products formulated to work best in warm water. It’ll do some of the job but it won’t have done it effectively.
  3. Wash the car in the shade where-ever possible. This stops the water from drying too quickly on the paint’s surface. This quick drying leads to spotting and streaking, which can be very difficult to remove later. Also, there will be a surface temperature differential, which means the hotter the metal, the relatively cooler the water and this can lead to contraction of the surfaces, leading to eventual paint damage.
  4. Use a thoroughly cleaned micro-fibre sponge or cloth. The less amount of dirt in the cleaning item, the less chance of transferring that dirt to the car’s surface, and potentially leading to scratching it. Where possible do not wash in a circular motion, rather wash from the roof and in a downwards motion. And to be eco-friendly, especially in low rainfall areas, wash on the lawn so the water feeds the grass.
  5. Finally, a well cleaned chamois, one that’s been rinsed to remove any potential manufacturing residue if new, or rinsed to clean residue from previous washes. Don’t scrunch the chamois into a ball as it reduces the working surface area. Throw it out flat and again start from the roof. Pull by two corners and gently pull across the paint. Rinse thoroughly and dry the car section by section.

Nu-Finish is one of Australia’s leading car care product makers and we’d love to hear from you and how you’ve used Nu-Finish to keep your car in as best a condition as possible.