Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Customers and curious friends alike ask me about caring for their car. I offer these seven tips that have proven helpful no matter how meticulous they are about the appearance of their vehicle.

If your schedule allows, take the time to hand wash your vehicle. It’s the best way to keep your car looking good.
If you are going to go to the time and trouble of a good hand wash, use soap especially formulated for cars. Dishwashing liquids and general household cleaners are too strong and can strip away the wax/sealant that is there to protect and beautify your vehicle.
Good, foamy soap is best applied with a gentle applicator. Microfiber, chenille, sheep skin and even sea sponge are excellent.
Wash in the shade and let the surface of the car cool in the shade, or run cool water on the surface to lower the temperature. The cooler the surface of the car, the better the drying and less the chance of spotting.
If your schedule (or location) doesn’t allow for hand washing, automatic car washes can get the job done. A well waxed (or sealed) vehicle, will clean nicely in a touchless automatic car wash (it all has to do with surface tension, but we’ll talk about that later).
I recommend after every other tank of gas, get THE WORKS and let the machine do it’s magic. The spray on additives (wax, clear coat glaze, etc.) do seem to have properties that enhance the wax/sealant that is already on the surface.
While automatic car washes with brushes are popular and effective, they do put small scratches on the clear coat (and headlight lenses) that will eventually need to be removed. If you frequent one of these fine establishments in town, look at the surface of your hood, roof and trunk in the bright sun. You can see what look like “spider webs” or “holograms” on the surface of the paint. While you car gets clean (that you can see) it will also get tiny scratches (which you can’t always see).

Cleaning, polishing, protecting and sealing are all steps that are needed to both beautify and protect our automotive/marine investment. Wilson’s Precision Detailing would value the opportunity to serve you. Call us at 325-518-6550 for a free estimate/assessment.


Anonymous Josh B said...

This is cool!!!

September 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous car wax said...

Thanks for these tips. These are really useful for those who have yet to master the art of auto detailing.

August 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

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