Here are 4 Tips that can help you save your car’s finish and money
Q: I wash my car at home using a garden hose. Lately, the finish looks dull and marked. What could be wrong?
A: Washing your car at home is harmful to your car’s finish. Studies prove that a single home hand-wash can leave scratches in the finish as deep as 1/10 of the paint’s total thickness.
Also, the average garden hose cannot supply enough water and water pressure with the detergent action to avoid damaging a car’s finish. Only a professional car wash can provide the proper amounts of water, water pressure and the appropriate cleaning solutions to clean your car safely and effectively.
Q: Isn’t rain a natural, cost-effective car wash?
A: No! Rain and snow contain acid that eats away at the paint and finish of vehicles. After acid rain (moisture with trapped dirt and pollution) falls on a car, the water evaporates, but the acid (dirt and pollution) remains.
Concentrated by sunlight, this acid can become so strong that it will “eat” through the finish, ruining the vehicle’s paint and appearance.
Q: Is it true that my new car shouldn’t be washed or waxed for a certain period of time?
A: This may have been true a long time ago, but with the new modern acrylics and enamels, your new car’s finish needs tender care immediately.
Be careful to wash your car properly. Most new cars are treated with a clear coat finish. It’s important that you exercise extreme care – especially when washing your new car for the first few times.
Many initial washing errors result in water spots, setting stains and loss of luster. Without the benefit of protective coating layers that your car will receive over the years, mistakes made during the first few washes may not be correctable.
Should you decided to wax your car, use a wax that’s compatible with your paint. Check your owner’s manual and the wax’s label for instructions. The best advice is to trust your car’s finish to a professional from the beginning.
Q: Aren’t hand washings safer for my car and the environment.
A: No. Dirt that collects in wash water, sponges and chamois will scratch the paint. Hand washings use nearly twice the amount of water than professional car washes.
Cleaning solutions professional washes use are biodegradable and safe for the environment. Also, high-pressure water at self-serve and professional washes clean cars better and faster.
Also, professional car washes dispose of waste water correctly; waste water off driveways usually ends up in the water supply and pollutes lakes and streams.
Source Credit: carwashes.com