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This week’s article is a guest post from PFYC.
Keeping your car’s exterior spotless is a never-ending task – but knowing the correct way to detail your vehicle will make the cleaning process simple, streamlined and even enjoyable!
Before getting started, make sure you have these items:
- Two buckets – one for clean water, one for dirty water
- Quality soap / exterior cleaner
- Large sponge
- High-pressure hose (for tires and wheels)
- Glass cleaner
- Plenty of clean, soft microfiber towels
- Vinyl cleaner (for moon roof seams, door jambs, etc.)
Remember the “top to bottom” technique when cleaning your car; always start at the top and work your way down, toward the wheels and tires. If you’d like, you can wash the wheels and tires first; but for everything else, always start up top!
Ready to get started? Here are some tips for a quality, cut-no-corners exterior detailing:
- Use a degreaser for your wheels. Tar, road debris and other substances make the wheels one of the toughest parts of any exterior detail.
- With high-pressure hose, wash wheels and tires.
- Rinse your car off, starting at the top.
- Apply plenty of soap to your car and sponge.
- Wash the top part of your car, then rinse thoroughly.
- Remember to use two buckets!
- Wash the bottom portion and rinse.
- Rinse entire vehicle again, just to ensure all the soap residue is gone.
- After rinsing, dry car thoroughly with microfiber towels.
After drying the outside of your vehicle, it’s a good idea to open all the doors (including the trunk) and wipe off all the seals and vinyl or plastic contact points. Extra moisture can promote corrosion of seals.
Now that your car’s exterior detail is all done, the next step is waxing and claying. We’ll cover that in our next detailing guide!