Steps: Car washing | polishing Guide
1. Pour soap in one bucket creating suds.
2. Fill your other bucket up with fresh water.
3. Try and keep you vehicle in a shady place because the sun will allow the soap to dry creating water spots.
4. Spray the car before starting to wash it, this will remove loose particles and cool the paint for cleaning.
5. Try and spray the wheels and wheel wells to remove overspray etc from the undercarriage.
6. You may use a soft sponge or preferably a sheepskin mitt.
7. Start at the top of the vehicle working your way down, do one panel at a time rinsing as you go to keep the suds from drying.
8. After each panel rinse your mitt in the bucket with the clean water as this will prevent the dirt that is collected from scratching your car.
9. To prevent scratches when drying, use a soft, absorbent terry-cloth towel or a chamois.
10. Be sure to pay extra attention to the front panels, because these are the panels that normally are affected most by bugs, tar and overspray. We later go into detail about detailing clay and its purposes which is the next step to cleaning your vehicles paint.
11. After completing the detailing clay process you should polish your cars paint using a polisher and a high grade polish as this will clean the paint and smoothen the surface preparing it for waxing.
12. The very last step is to wax or seal the paint which will protect the paint.
1. Clean and wash your car with high quality soap removing as much dirt as possible. When washing pay close attention to the front panels of the car as this is where most of the overspray, bugs, tar etc... Will be.
2. Dry your vehicle with a 100% cotton terry cloth.
3. In order for you to appreciate and understand what detailing clay does, get a sandwich bag and place it over your hand and gentle rub the front end of your car. You will feel all of the embedded pollution and overspray. The purpose of the bag is to magnify the dirt to the touch.
4. Get your detailing clay and clay lubricant or soapy water and gently rub the area your are trying to clean in a circular motion. Then place the sandwich bag over your hand and rub the same area, you will now see all of the dirt, tar, overspray has been lifted.
There are a couple major mistakes people make when cleaning there car. First they polish there car with a high speed polisher when the car has not been properly prepped to do so. When you polish your vehicle with dirt embedded in the paint it creates swirls because those little dirt particles are like sandpaper, if you use a high speed polisher you can harm the clear coat and paint very easily. So it is very important to polish clean paint.
Second major mistake that people make is waxing or sealing over the dirt and grime. This makes it almost impossible to get out the next time you go to clean the exterior of your car. Waxing over dirt also makes your paint look dull and each time you wax over the dirt it loses a little bit more of it brightness.
Properly Polishing Tips
1. Clay the surface using high quality detailing clay
2. Center your pad properly on the polisher using a centering tool.
3. Be sure to spur the pad removing all dirt and dust particles.
4. Polish, make sure you do not use anything that is highly abrasive. Look for something with more wax in it, especially if you are new to polishing. Apply a thin line of polish directly to the paint. Buff the product immediately at low rpms, try to keep the surface wet or cool while buffing as this will help prevent paint burn.
5. Wipe with a cotton terry cloth.
6. Car Waxing is the last step put a good coat of wax on to protect the clean finish.
When polishing make sure you read the directions on each polish, the majority of the good polishes will inform you what RPM you should be polishing at for that particular chemical. If you don’t pay attention to these details you can easily damage the clear coat or paint.
Waxing your car is essential to keeping the paint protected from the environment. Waxing prevents contaminants, pollution and industrial fall out from embedding itself into the paint, preventing expensive damage to the paint.
Think of it like this, when you go out into the sun you put on sunscreen to protect your skin from burning it is the same way with wax. There are many factors that determine how much you should wax your car.
Do you keep your car garaged or does it sit outside? A good rule of thumb is to wax your vehicle at least twice a year. If you would like you can clay in between waxing and this will help to keep your vehicles paint contaminant free for longer periods requiring less waxing.
You probably are thinking that there are waxes that allow you to wax your car once a year. The majority of these products are not waxes but polymers or sealants. They normally have chemical cleaners in them that provide a brilliant shine and last longer than normal waxes. If your vehicle is kept garaged and is properly maintained, washed etc...The sealant may last a year but you will still have contaminants that need to be cleaned from the paint surface. When you see the paint on your car start to dull the first thing you think is that it needs to be waxed when actually it needs to be polished.
There are proper steps to wax your car; I will go through them so you can get a better understanding on how to protect your cars finish.
Clean the paint with Detailing Clay
Apply a thin line of wax directly to the paint; be sure that you wax your vehicle in the shade. Some products you apply the wax directly to the applicator, refer to the instructions. Buff the wax using circular motion. Wax one panel at a time.
Allow the wax to harden. Remove the wax with a soft micro fiber terry towel; remove wax that may have gotten into cracks or the moldings.
Now go drive it and show it off!!!