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You should avoid committing rookie mistakes when washing your car. Such mistakes may affect your car’s appearance. Sometimes, it is the professional paint finishing that suffers. If you have a few car wash tips, you can easily avoid the common mistakes that most people make and save your money as you do not have to go to the professional car cleaners that often. Let’s see some of these mistakes.
Using dish detergent
It is a common practice among many people to regularly wash their cars using dish detergents as shampoo. While the detergent does a good job in removing dirt from your car, it has the effect of stripping off the protective coating of your car’s paint. Quality automotive shampoos often have gentle cleaners. If you want to maintain your car’s protective coating, use automotive shampoo only.
Using cotton towels to dry off the paint
Do not expect a great finish on your car’s paint if you use cotton towels to dry the paint off. Obviously, cotton materials leave swirls on the wet paint. Similar experience can be seen when using other improper towels. Just like the cotton drying towels, these will cause imperfect finishing on your car. It may take several hours correcting these imperfections. Only go for high quality silk edged towels that properly absorb water from your car’s surface when drying it up.
Exposure to direct sunlight
It is a mistake to wash your car while it is exposed to direct sunlight. While sunlight can help in drying you car, often, it causes water spotting on the paint of your car tampering with the perfect finish on the paint. Water spots on your car form as a result of evaporation of leaving calcium particles. To avoid these imperfections, you should rinse your car regularly. Better still, you can wash it under shade, or during sunset, or during sunrise. In addition to these efforts, you can use a water de-ionizer to clear off any water spots that might form after moisture evaporates.
Using kitchen sponges
Desist from using kitchen sponges when washing your car. They barely remove dirt as they just push it around the surface of your car. The more you sponge the car, the more it will leave swirls on the surface. To avoid imperfections on the finish, use materials meant for cleaning a car surface.
Drying car paint with water blade
The last thing you want to do is make imperfect swirls to your clean finish. Usually, using blades causes friction while drying off the paint. It is those frictions causing scratches that will result into swirls and imperfect drying patterns. To avoid such imperfections in your cleaning, use high quality waffle weave towels.
Removing dirt with pressure
Using pressure to clean off dirt from the surface of your car only add more swirls affecting the the clean finish of your car. Instead, you should use high quality automotive shampoo.