The Proper Way to Wash Your Car

Just when you thought you'd never see it again, the sun is on its way back to the PNW. Which means its probably time to wash your car. Let's talk about the right way to do it.

 
 
Wet & Protect no touch tire shine, ego cordless blower, meguiars wash & wax, microfiber cloths & wash mits

Wet & Protect no touch tire shine, ego cordless blower, meguiars wash & wax, microfiber cloths & wash mits

Arsenal 

Having the right supplies is probably the most important part of correctly washing a car. 

Soaps

  • The foamier the soap, the better, but use a 1/4 soap and 3/4 water mixture for best results. 
  • Any soap with carnuba wax is what we would recommend. Use the same brand soap as you would wax. (Meguiars, Mother's.. etc)
  • If you care about your car's paint, please don't use Dawn soap. Save that for your dishes and the duckies. 

Wash Mits

  • Microfiber is always the top choice. 
  • Sponges are fine, but just make sure they are soft and plush.
  • The "brooms" should only be used for your roof & hard to reach areas.
  • Always use a separate brush to wash your wheels.

Drying Materials

  • Use a microfiber towel or an air dryer (Leaf blower will suffice) to dry it. 
  • Don't use a terry cloth or a shop rag. 

 

 
owner @jeffjohnson97006 using @adamspolishes car care products

owner @jeffjohnson97006 using @adamspolishes car care products

Get down & Clean

Time to put your weapons to use and start washing.

  • Always wash your vehicle in the shade, preferably on a calm day. If the water or soap dries while washing/rinsing, it will create water spots which are relatively hard to remove.
  • Use two buckets. One for the soap, and one for rinsing your mit. We recommend you use this genius invention to avoid recycling the dirt on your mit/brush.
  • Rinse your car down before you start to wash. You don't put shampoo in your hair before getting it wet first, why would it be any different for your car?
  • Start at the top and make your way to the bottom. Because gravity. 
  • Wash your car in overlapping horizontal lines. If you wash it in circles that just creates swirls that you will have to buff & wax out.