In just a couple minutes you will take away 7 things to be aware of which are the most common sources (and innocent ) of subtle damage to a new car finish.
But first let me explain-
From the emails I get every month I estimate that about 20% of scratches and damage on a car finish is “self inflicted” by the owner.
Yep … you read that right… Self inflicted.
I swear sometimes it seems when you are being the most careful … wham!
.. as embarrassing as it is… I admit, I have caused damage to my own cars…
yesterday … heading out for nice afternoon road ride (bicycle) I squeezed between the stone yard wall and my car… and grazed my handle bar end on the quarter panel of my black BMW…. Ugg…me of all people! I fixed it later…but the point is – it was a innocent (sorta) mistake.
enough airing dirty laundry…
I want to share with you another type of “self inflicted” damage that is far more subtle and far more common than “close encounters with a bike handle bar” .
It’s scratches caused by improper car washing. You might ask….”How can washing a car cause damage?”
I get all sorts of emails from people that “improvised” and used things like a abrasive sponge to remove dried bugs from the hood… and ended up with serious damage… (it can be fixed but still nothing to take lightly)
I ride my road bike a lot all over San Diego. I see things most people don’t when they are driving a car. Nice things like the ocean, beautiful scenery along Torry Pines state beach….
But I see disturbing things too…
This is very common.
Last week I saw a guy washing his car – not really washing – it was dry then I saw him spray it with hose water and immediately took a big beach towel and started wiping… as I passed by…I saw all I needed to see.
Water by itself on a dirty car will NOT remove the grime – you need “chemistry” to break the dirt bond so it will rinse off…that’s what soap is for wether its your hands or your car.
But there is a little more to it for cars… the soap also acts as a lubricant.. helping to reduce friction as you wash with (hopefully) a micro fiber mitt.
…adding insult to injury… a cotton beach towel is not a good fabric to wash or dry a car with now that we have micro fiber… I hoped the one he use was at least clean… and not something laying around in the his garage floor.
the point is…he didn’t use a shampoo & he used a cotton towel – the dirt film is still stuck to the car so he was just rubbing it into the paint finish, cotton is the worst … it just smears dirt rather than pick it up safely like micro fiber towels.
Is dry wiping dust and dirt off a dry car with just a towel or a “duster”
NEVER wipe a dry car finish, dry, with ANYTHING period. This is instant spider scratches and micro marring or worse if something is stuck to the paint and comes loose.
I know first hand this is not mistake that just new car owners make…
I was in Pebble Beach a few years ago for the Concours d’Elegance. I witnessed the Audi rep dry wipe the finish, on a one off proto type R8 ( V10 engine ) that was sitting in the sun all day and had a fine layer of beach grit from 1000s of people walking the area.
I had to close my eyes… he used a micro fiber towel… but still completely wrong technqiue and adding insult to injury he was doing this on a hot surface to boot, which is more suseptable to marring since its softer than when cold.
*I have also witnessed car owners at outdoor car shows dry wiping dust and grit to keep it clean during the event… can you say … instant spiders and marring.
1. NEVER use ANYTHING from the kitchen to wash your car…period.
2. NEVER dry wipe dust and grit from car finish.
3. NEVER use dish washing detergent from the kitchen – its high pH and strips anything and everything off your finish (wax and sealants) and with time the high pH (alkaline) dries out black rubber and trim parts.
4. ALWAYS wash your car finish when its cool to the touch. If you can not lay your hand on it comfortably, then its TOO hot to wash. A hot car finish is WAY more susceptible to micro marring since its softer than when cold.
5. ALWAYS use automotive specific car wash formula when washing your car.
6. ALWAYS use a micro fiber towel or wash mitts for washing and drying (they are the safest material you can use)
7. ALWAYS dedicate micro fiber towels and wash mitts just for washing your car.
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