Always wash your vehicle in a shaded area. Your
vehicleís surface should be cool. If the carís hot, the
soap suds will dry too quickly, staining the surface and
requiring another wash or possibly damaging your paint.
your vehicle to remove heavy contaminants like bird poop
and bugs, and heavy dirt. This will help minimize the
possibility of scratching your paint and chrome.
3. Use mild
liquid soap made for washing cars, do not use dish
detergent, and a made for car-wash mitt or
sponge, or microfiber cloth; use plenty of water.
4. Start at the
top of the vehicle. Wash one section at a time, and then
rinse it off. Start with the roof of the car or truck ,
then proceed to the hood and the rear. Next, clean the
upper sections of the sides, and then, finally, clean
the lower areas, including the rocker panels, which
usually have the most dirt. If
you clean the lower sections first, youíll wash the dirt
from the top of the car back down onto the lower parts.
But, more importantly, you run the risk of having small
pieces of debris adhere to the mitt or sponge, and could
scratch the vehicle.
5. Always hose
off your mitt or sponge before putting it back in the
wash bucket to re-soap. In other words, start with a
bucket of clean soap-- and end with a bucket of clean
6. Rinse your
vehicle thoroughly. When you think you're done
rinsingóthatís when you give it one more heavy and final
Use a different mitt or brush to clean the tires and
rims. Using a separate utensil for the wheels will
reduce the chance that youíll scratch the carís paint
with brake dust and dirt you pick up from the rims.
8. Be very
cautious when cleaning wheels, especially if youíre
using a spray-on wheel cleaner. This is not just for
your carís health, but for yours as well.
Wheels can be extremely hot if the
car has just been driven. This is especially likely with
wheels that use high-performance brakes. When you spray
wheel cleaning chemicals on hot metal, the chemicals
will vaporize, and youíll inhale them, which can cause
9. Forget the
pricey automotive cleaners. Instead, use a mild, liquid
soap that's well diluted. Thatíll do everything you
need, such as removing dirt, grease, and films without
damaging plastics or other materials. Plus, itís a lot
cheaper than the aggressively marketed, fancy products.
10. Dry your
vehicle immediately, to prevent water spots. Chamois
1. Your car or
truck must be clean, see washing instructions above.
2. Know that some
waxes contain abrasives, which can damage clear-coat and
lacquer finishes, and may be harmful to dark-colored
paint jobs. When in doubt, use a nonabrasive wax.
3. Park the car in
a cool, shady spot. If you don't have access to a shady
spot, wax one section at a time so the sun doesn't bake
the wax onto your car. Avoid waxing if it's very hot or
very cold outside.
4. Dip a damp wax
sponge into the car wax, getting a half-dollar-size
clump on your sponge.
5. Rub the wax
onto the car using small circles. Avoid getting wax into
seams and jambs, if this happens, use an old, very soft
toothbrush to remove it.
6. Working on a
section at a time, cover your car's entire surface,
remembering the path you took. By the time you have
finished, the wax will be ready to remove.
7. Using soft
terry cloth towels, cotton diaper (or, better yet,
microfiber cloth), wipe off the wax in the same order in
which it was applied.
Shake out the towel or cloth as you
work, in order to avoid wax buildup
9. Leaning as
close to the surface of your car as
you can, look down the sides and
across the front, back and roof to
spot any residual wax.
10. Use a
cloth diaper or a cheesecloth to
polish the car's entire surface.
11. Wash your
cloths and pads
to keep them
your car the
next time you
Salts "eat" into
your paint and
glass and can be
remove if they
remain for any
length of time.
Use a soft
dampened with a
Before You Wash:
If you plan to
Vehicle, do so
before you wash.
prevent you from
blowing dust and
dirt all over
your clean car,
and loose dirt
is easier to
vacuum before it
& Road Oil
Dampen a soft
with a little
cooking oil and
rub the tar
away.. Be sure
to wash and wax
Tree Sap & Pitch
To remove tree
sap or pine
pitch from your
on a cotton
ball. After the
sap is removed,
make a paste of
water and baking
soda to wash the
then apply wax.
A gentler way,
sprits (it will
tar). Use a soft
or wash cloth
Wash the car and
apply wax to the
You can place
one of those
in your car for
a couple of days
to remove odors.
If your going to
store it for a
long time, put a