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The Art of Washing your car
by Luke Parise Padny Detailing
Washing your car can be fun but can some- times be confusing. Often times, most struggle because they really don’t know where to start. While it can be quite complicated and over- whelming, when broken down there really isn’t too much to it.
Let’s look at it on a basic yet scientific level. Your vehicle has particles of all different types on it’s surface. These particles vary from contami- nants such as dust, dirt, sap, bird droppings, water spots and pollen, just to name a few. The surface of your vehicle is coated from the facto- ry with clear coat over the paint. This clear coat is often soft and very susceptible to marring and scratching. In addition, repeated washing can be counter intuitive and cause swirl marks and other damage to the paint. Ceramic coat- ing is one methodology to protect the surface of your car. The ceramic coating is a product that is professionally installed. It’s applied by hand and adds a layer of protection to your car’s sur- face. This helps to protect it from environmen- tal hazards, makes it much easier to wash and leaves every surface looking amazing. On the pencil hardness scale, the clear coat on most vehicles ranks at about a level of 4h out of 12h. Most ceramic coatings on the market are able to boost the surface strength to around a 9h on this same scale. We will be discussing these coatings in much further detail in a future ar- ticle, stay tuned for that!
In general, the goal of washing your car is to re- move all of the various substances in the safest and most effective manner all while limiting the damage done to the vehicle. This is why proper technique and quality products are so crucial.
Here are some tips on proper technique. A key
tip is the use of multiple buckets for washing. We recommend the use of three different buckets. In addition we recommend using grit guards in each bucket. Grit guards are small slotted disks made to sit at the bottom of the buckets. The theory is that they prevent the user from reach- ing all the way down to the bottom of the bucket and picking up contaminants that are present in the bucket. The guard comes up about 2 inches and traps the dirt below preventing the particles from being put back onto the car.
Two of the buckets are used for washing the body and the third is dedicated to the wheels. The first bucket is filled with water and a qual- ity car shampoo, this is the soap bucket. The second bucket is filled with clean water, this is the rinse bucket. Lastly you will need a quality wash tool such as a mitt. For the first step the mitt should be placed into the rinse bucket, rung out fully and then placed into the soap bucket. After the panel is cleaned, the mitt should be rinsed in the rinse bucket. It’s best to squeeze the water from the mitt outside of the rinse bucket to minimize the amount of contaminants entering the buckets. The third bucket should be used strictly for the wheels and wheel wells. We recommend using quality wheel brushes for this job. We typically prefer to start every wash by cleaning the wheels first. This helps prevent spraying extra water onto the car and poten- tially causing unnecessary water spotting.
We are experienced installers of ceramic coat- ings. In addition, we sell starter kits with all of the tools discussed in this article. Please visit our website or contact us directly for more info on anything discussed, on the starter kits and other products or to answer any other ques- tions you may have.
Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more articles to with tips to help improve your own detailing skills. (See pictures on page 41)

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