Spring Has Sprung: How to Get the Perfect Wash!

Spring is here, so do you know what that means? Time to wash that winter grime off your car and have it shining like new!

Unfortunately, washing a car isn’t always an easy thing and without knowing, you could be damaging your paint. Here are a few tips to keeping your car shining like new the proper way.

After months and months of driving through winter conditions, your car can accumulate a lot of dirt and grime. Without a regular wash, that dirt and grime can slowly start to eat away at your paint, primarily the clear coat. The clear coat is your car’s first line of defense for the paint.

Since it’s getting a bit warmer outside, it’s a perfect time to treat your car to a wash. Don’t worry, we won’t go into detail about waxes and clay bars, we’re only here to perform a basic wash.

First, untangle that hose that has been left untouched for several months and begin to spray down the car. Our objective here is to remove as much dirt as we can with just water. We DO NOT want to take a cloth and start wiping down the car, this will drive dirt into your car’s clear coat and this will result in what’s called a swirl mark. A swirl mark is a tiny scratch in your car’s clear coat that will leave the exterior paint looking cloudy.

So take your time spraying the car down, making sure to wash that dirt away. After that’s done, it’s time to get out the soap and car wash mitt. The best mitts on the market are made of sheepskin as they are known not to leave any marks in the paint, but any good quality carwash mitt will do. When preparing the carwash soap, remember to use a clean bucket. Use a preferred car wash solution for best results (i.e. Turtle, Meguiar’s, Mothers, etc). If on a budget, a car wash solution at your local auto parts store can work as well.

Use the outlined measurements on the bottle and mix the solution. Dip your (mitted) hand into the solution and start from the highest point of the car, working your way down. Section out each part of the car, and focus on that area. Wash the roof first, spraying the solution off when you are finished. Also be sure to wash out the mitt after each section as it may have collected dirt while washing the car.

Be sure to use a light waving technique as you massage the soap into your car’s paint. Take your time, and wash off each section. When it’s time to dry the car off, you’ve got two options. You can use either a microfiber towel or a chamois, both can be found at your local auto parts store. If you prefer the microfiber towel, it’s best to use one towel for each section (bumper, door, hood, roof, etc). This way you isolate the dirt to one cloth without spreading to other areas. If you use a chamois, just spray it down and wring it out after each section is dried. Technique is basically the same as washing, use a light waving motion to wipe down the exterior.

Voila! You now have a nice, happy, clean car.

If you don’t have the time or don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, our Detailing Specialists at any Koons dealership will be able to take care of it for you.

Happy Spring!


About Krystal Koons

Krystal Koons is the spokesperson for Jim Koons Automotive Companies, one of the country's largest privately-held dealership groups headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit us at www.koons.com.

Posted on March 20, 2012, in Automotive, Maintenance Monday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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