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In the last article, we discussed how to wash a car for beginners - and focused on the tools needed to do the job correctly. In part 2, we'll go further into the process. After you have been armed with the necessary car wash tools, it's time to go to work. But before we tear into things, lets look at a couple of details that most weekend warriors (not you of course!) may overlook. Location, location, location. You've heard it before in real estate, but the idea applies here as well. Where you wash is as important as how. Shade is an important factor. Let me explain. Washing in direct sunlight will make those suds dry 10 times faster than in the shade. I've washed in both shade and sunlight, and let me tell you - the shade is where it's at. Under the same idea is washing in either overcast conditions or later in the evening when the sun is not as strong. If I get stuck and must wash in direct sun, you need to keep the surface of the car wet at all times. This entire concept seems like overkill, but when you finish, dried soap and water on the finish will cloud and spot your final results. Now instead dirt, your finish will be spotted with soap. The overall cooler surface of the car will allow for a better and cleaner rinse. Pre-Rinse. This is a relatively simple part, but a necessary one. Before you soap up, get things wet. Rinse the entire surface, paying particular attention to the lower areas of the car. This pre-rinse will knock off any surface contaminents that are visible. Anything you can rinse off before you begin to touch the surface will be less material that you will rub against the paint - which equals less damage. Don't forget those wheels, tires, and wheel wells too. Get The Dirty First. The lower portions of the vehicle will be your dirtiest. I like to attack the wheels and tires first. They are actually the closest to the ground, and in combination with the brake dust they generate, wheels and tires need individual attention. In regards to the wheels and tires, I have good news and bad. The good news is that there is no need to fret over which wheel cleaner to use. Clear coated or non-clear coated, chrome or alloy finish ? No need to get an engineering degree to figure it out. The makers of spray-on wheel cleaners would like you to think that you NEED their product to clean your wheels. No matter what the finish, car wash soap and water will do the job and much more safely. Many spray-on wheel cleaners are hard and acidic in nature. They make the chemical aggressive to cut through the brake dust which allows you to spray on and rinse off. A dangerous trade off considering the damage that can occur to your wheels. Don't be lazy. Here


is the bad news. The trade-off for not needing to buy a separate product to clean wheels and tires is that you must put in the work. Use a separate bucket and mitt designated for wheels and tires only. The reason behind this is - brake dust contains minute amounts of metal. Metal on the paint finish is a bad thing - so don't mix your wheel mitts with those used to wash the body. Soap'em up, wash'em with the mitt, and then rinse. A pain - yes, but know that it is a much safer (and less expensive) alternative to buying harsher and potentially damaging wheel cleaners. Suds are the barrier between dirt and damage. Don't sweat over mixing this much soap to that much water. Throw some in the bucket with the knowledge that the suds are what protect your finish from damage. More suds equals more protection. The purpose of the suds is to encapsulate the dirt and grit you take off the car and hold it. Your car wash mitt will actually "ride" on top of those suds as you wash. Just a note here. If you come across something that won't un-stick itself from the paint, use only a moderate amount of pressure to remove it. No need to scrub like crazy. Anything that can't be removed with a minimum amount of effort may need some additional help - like the use of a clay bar. Remember to wash your car like you would apply lotion to your body. Gentle will get the job done. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Just about every car wash purist has their own method for determining the starting point. The procedure that will make your operation the most efficient is to start at the top of the vehicle. The top will typically be the least dirty, and will allow your soap and water to run down the car. I start with the roof, then from the windows down. Then stop and rinse. Next, I usually pick one body panel, wash it completely and then rinse. This method works well in that it won't leave soap clinging on for too long and you can remember where you left off. Work your way around in this fashion, rinsing each panel completely. Your making great progress in becoming a car wash guru! Keep washing and I'll see you in the Part 3 of How To Wash A Car For Beginners!

J. Boiselle - Author/Owner - Car Wash For Beginners [http://autodetailingforbeginners.blogspot.com/]. Cut through the hype and keep your investment showroom.

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