NuFinish Car Wash – Car Wash Errors

It was once the great Aussie weekend routine. Get up, have a cuppa, or two. Load up the washing machine, maybe get the radio wound up to eleven, pack the kids off to whatever sports they played, and then find the wash bottle for the chariot.

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It was once the great Aussie weekend routine. Get up, have a cuppa, or two. Load up the washing machine, maybe get the radio wound up to eleven, pack the kids off to whatever sports they played, and then find the wash bottle for the chariot. The pride and joy.

The  Falcon or Charger would be gently wheeled out to the front lawn and almost in unison, a street’s worth of arms would dip the sponge and away they’d go. A half hour later and all was quiet and a bunch of owners stood back and silently admired their handiwork.

However, occasionally, just moments later a groan could be heard, and perhaps a few words not suitable for morning television, as one or more washers saw something that wasn’t there before.

Washing a car properly is seen by some as almost a black art. That’s a fair call yet easily remedied by a few simple checks and procedures.

When humans get into a shower to wash, we don’t add soap or shampoo THEN turn on the water flow. Cars are the same. But location is crucial. Go and touch a car that’s been sitting in the sun. Ouch. Cars need shade, a bit of quiet and peace, if you prefer. And, as a rule, we also don’t shower in just cold water.

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This takes us to the joint first stage. A clean bucket is the start. Measure out a cupful of your chosen car wash product and pour it into the bucket before filling it with warm water. Not cold, not hot. Warm. Fill it with enough water pressure that a gentle foam forms on top as it nears the top. There’s a good reason for this, too.

It’s now time for the other first stage. Making sure the car windows are closed, grab the hose and adjust the nozzle to spray. Why? Coverage for when you wet the car down. A hard pressured thin stream simply doesn’t cut it.

Wet the whole car down and when it looks good and shiny all over, it’s time get scrubbing. Now where’s that wash cloth…. There it is. Does it look clean itself? Does it look fresh, unbroken? Yes, great. A good soak in the bucket and…..where to start?

Simple. Always start from the top. Good old gravity pulls water downwards and the roof is the ideal starting location. Grab the hose, and rise, and again with a spray, Wash, rinse, repeat, from top to bottom.

Time for a step back in time. Remember those foamy bits? A well formulated wash will have that kind of foam for a reason, and that’s to help lift and separate dirt from the paint’s surface. Think about washing hair with water versus a good shampoo. Water will feel good but do nothing, whereas the shampoo gets into the scalp and the hair, removing dirt and other yuck muck.

The sponge? Never use a dirty sponge. Actually, it’s more recommended now to use a micro-fibre cloth in place of a sponge as the former tends to hold dirt more, won’t release it more through a rinse, and may add to microscopic scratching.

What about the actual washing method? There are a few schools of thought that say a second bucket of water are the way to go. The second bucket is to rinse the cloth out. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. But to go circular or to straight pulls?

Best recommendation is straight, as using a circular motion stands far more chance of also causing those tiny marks.

Drying is the same. Again ensuring the car is in shade, a clean chamois and a second bucket for rinsing is the preferred staring point. Pull the cloth gently from the centre of the roof towards the outside and, just like washing, do the car section by section.

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