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How to Clean Your Car's Exterior

In this Guide, I will explain the process to achieve a great wash and prep of your car's exterior. #cleancarexterior

How to Clean Your Exterior

For many vehicle owners, washing your car can be enjoyable. That's good, because frequent washing and proper paint preparation is one of the best ways to maintain a new-car finish. But, as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don't accidentally scratch or mar the finish. The good habits you form will keep mishaps from happening. ​

What Kind of Products Should I Use?

Never use household cleaners like dish washing detergent, dish soap or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren't formulated for use on a car's paint and may strip off the protective wax. Always use a dedicated car wash soap, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint.

Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a soft wash mitt. Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a tar remover. Use a tar removal pad to remove these deposits.

There are products to aid in the removal of tree sap and bug debris. Tree Sap Remover and a soft towel can be used to lightly loosen the tree sap allowing the towel to pick up the residue. Carefully scrub, making sure you are not pressing hard as you may create micro abrasions or swirls.