Thursday, 1 December 2011

Tips: Washing Your Car by Hand

Washing your car yourself can be a relaxing and satisfying respite, from the concerns of life. You only need car shampoo, a bucket, sponge, tire wax, and some rags. Then go have some fun and here's how;

  • Park the car out of direct sunlight. This prevents premature drying which can leave splotches on the paint.
  • Set everything you will need near the car.
  • Fill a bucket with water and add car shampoo in the quantity directed on its bottle.
  • Fill another bucket with plain water
  • Hose off the car to loosen the dirt. Don't use a strong jet, as this can rub grit over the paint and scratch it.
  • Soak a large sponge in the soapy water, and begin applying it to the car. Do not use a brush on the car body because this will leave little scratches
  • Wash the car section by section, starting at the top, Circle around the car several times, washing lower areas with each round.
  • As you progress, keep the entire car wet, as this will prevent droplets from drying on the paint and leaving water-spots. Dry the car with towels before it air-dries.
  • Scrub the lower body and the wheels last, as these are the dirtiest, grittiest parts. it's a good idea to use a separate cloth on the bottom six inches of the car's body, as this can get especially gritty.
  • Use a wheel-brush for cleaning the openings of the wheels. If the wheels are glossy, use a sponge instead to prevent from scratches. Clean the tire side-walls as well
  • Rinse the bottom of the car vigorously, from various angles, with a spray nozzle.
  • Dry the vehicle with fresh towels. 
  • Remember to vacuum dust or sand at the leg room carpet and seat.
  • When the tire side-wall dry, start applying tire wax to keep it shine.
  • Then you can stand 2-3metres away from your car and see what have you done.


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