Most people have always thought washing a car was something as easy as taking a bucket filling it with water and soap and just scrubbing. What people didn’t realize is every time they would dip there sponge into that water, it would contaminate that soapy water, and transfer all those particles back onto the car paint, creating swirl marks.
The first process of properly washing a car is to rinse the body, to help cool down the paint, this will help with water marks later on. Next, everyone should invest in getting a squirt bottle to mix either kerosene or a citrus degreaser to help remove tar and bug residue from car paint.
Spraying kerosene/degreaser before the actual wash makes removing bugs a lot easier when the actual washing takes place. Now obtain 2 clean buckets and fill one with car shampoo/conditioner and another with plain water. The two bucket method helps keep contaminants off of the paint, and helps keep the soap clean. Now with the paint wet, dip a soft bristle brush into the clean water then the soapy water and apply to the paint, working from the roof down. As your working on your car, if you notice water is starting to dry, misting it with water will help keep water stains from appearing.
After the basic washing is done, Using another tire friendly brush, get a new batch of soap or wheel cleaner and apply to rims liberally, scrub and rinse after wards. Tire dressing is another important part of washing a car, it helps keep the tires in better condition, by keeping oils and moisture into the rubber therefore protecting them against premature failure. Now the most important part of washing a car, is cleaning the glass. Usually it is a very hard task to due, but with the right tools its as easy as putting on shoes. First with windows, a good glass cleaner should be used, most of the time Foam cleaners tend to be better at cleaning windows with heavy bug residue, but if that’s not a problem, then a liquid should be fine.
Cleaning windows should be done with a glass cleaning microfiber cloth, they are specially made for cleaning glass, and prevent streak marks, that will be noticeable later when your driving. And finally, drying the car, there are two common ways that can be used, one a jelly blade, and another is just using microfibers. Jelly blades are primarily a squeegee that is made with a flexible silicone that is paint friendly. This method is a very smart choice, because it reduces drying time by more than 50%.
Another option is by using towels, most people think that using just an old bath towel will be able to be enough to dry a car, but bath towels are some of the worst things to put onto car paint. Special Microfiber towels are used to dry a car, they have unique stitching patterns and will not scratch paint, and absorb loads of water. Following these steps, will help you maintain a better looking car finish in the long run, so you can have a car that you feel proud to sit in time after time.