I'm the proud owner of a pretty car and not the proud owner of a home with a garage. Therefore my car needs washing all the time.
Step-by-Step Guide to a Perfect Hand Wash
You can pay $20 for one of those “laser washes”, only to get home and find that your fenders still have brake dust and theres water stains everywhere. Plus, I don't know if you know this, but they don't even use lasers! Here is how to get a mirror finish on your car and even how to get those colorful performance brakes looking new again.
The Before Shot: Brake Dust Everywhere I Go
Why Bother Washing?
Washing the car is...well, it's fun. If you like cars, that is. It gets you outdoors in the nice weather. It's also a great opportunity to wash other stuff. The all-weather floor mats are an obvious choice, but you can also power-wash your siding, do your windows, and even clean off the patio furniture. You can also make sure all the plants are watered.
The reason those laser-washes can't do the job is that they are really bad at getting all the soap off your car, and actually drying the car all the way. Just driving around isn't enough to get all the water off the car in time to avoid having water spots.
Cars don't really *need* to be washed but only a few times a year. If you're going to bother washing it more than that, you might as well make sure it's done correctly. That $20 wash a few times a year more than pays for the materials used. The pressure washer isn't even a necessity--the reason I use that instead of a hose attachment is because I have really bad water pressure. If you have good water pressure, you can skip that part.
Don't Do Your Wheels First!
Everybody does their wheels first. Uh, why? If you're a tall woman with long hair taking a shower, what would you do? Start from the top, work your way down. There is no reason to do the bottom of the car first. Come on now. The last part of the car is wheels and around the wheels (like the fenders, which never seem to come quite clean).
Windows are the only exception to the top-down rule. Sometimes the foam doesn't get the windows (particularly the windshield) quiiiiite picture perfect. The good news is, the best window cleaner is cheap as all get-out. Way cheaper than Windex. Plus it foams, so you can't miss a spot, plus foam is kind of my thing, I don't know if you figured that out yet.
Wheels and Tires
The Sponge Worked Okay, but You Need Wheel Woolies
Do You Need To Remove Your Wheels To Get The Calipers Clean?
I mean, if you have the ability to take the wheels off easily, or if you're taking them off anyway, then yeah, why not. But, I have a slanty driveway, so taking the wheels off just to clean them ain't happening. You can get the wheels just as clean by using the woolies that I talked about above, and also moving your car about 6" forward to get at the parts that the wheel spokes were covering.
Get That Road Dirt Off
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