Exterior Cleaning Tips For Your Ride

Apart from your home, your car is probably your most valued investment. For a lot of you, your vehicle is a member of the family. And when you really think about it, the exterior of your car is the only line of defense when it comes to the elements. This month we’re dishing a few simple exterior cleaning tips to keep your whip in tip-top-weather-proof shape.                                                                                                                                        

WASH

Our first cleaning tip may seem a little obvious, but nothing compares to a good ol’ hand-wash. Grab a couple of buckets, water, soap, a soft sponge and scrub a dub dub. Consider this your step one to a cleaner car. You’ll be amazed at the difference even the smallest layer of dirt and salt makes on the exterior. 

CLAY

Though this next tip may seem counterintuitive — considering you will have just spent the last several moments eliminating dirt and salt — a clay bar (https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-07240-California-Gold-System/dp/B0002U2V1Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534356494&sr=8-3&keywords=Clay+bar) will help to remove the extra tough residue without tarnishing your car’s finish. Begin by spraying the area you intend to work on with a detailing product to help grease the surface, then slide the clay bar back and forth until the exterior is squeaky clean. 

WAX

The clay bar will remove basically everything on the car’s surface but the paint, therefore we recommend saving this tip for last. Waxing your car may be the most beneficial step in cleaning the exterior, providing both protection and shine. Be sure to apply wax to your applicator rather than the surface of the car, and work in one area at a time. Your wax application should look hazy after drying if done correctly. Buff out the haze with a microfiber cloth and call it a day!

When it comes to your car, the outside matters as much as the inside. We hope these cleaning tips help to keep your investment in tip-top shape. If you ever find a few scratches on the exterior that no amount of clay or wax will get rid of, give our team a call — we can do that for you!