There’s no better way to show your car some love this Valentine’s Day than with a hand-washing to have it looking shiny and new. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand that having a clean car matters – it increases vehicle value and can help keep you safe by removing any dirt that may reduce visibility on your windshield. Here, we’ve laid out some easy DIY car washing tips to help you show your car love and keep it looking its best this Valentine’s Day:
- Prepare the Surface of Your Car
Preparing the surface of your car is important to remove those stubborn contaminants such as bird droppings, tree sap, and dead bugs. If these are not cleaned off, they may strip the paint off of your auto’s body. To prepare the surface of your car before washing, use a clay bar to wipe off contaminants. Knead the bar flat and moisten it with detailer. From there, simply run the bar over the surface of the car. This should remove those sticky, stubborn substances from your car.
- Wash the Car from the Top Down
When washing your car, start at the top and work your way downward. The lower parts of your car accumulate more dust than the upper parts, and washing from the top down prevents the dust on the bottom of your car from making its way upward.
- Use a Wax Coating
Regular waxing keep contaminants at bay, adds extra shine, and protects the finish from harsh UV rays. The most common types of car waxes are polymer and carnauba. While polymer wax is a bit more expensive, it tends to be easier to apply. However, the decision of which wax to use for your DIY wash is ultimately up to you.
- Wash the Windows
Once the metallic body is clean, it’s a good idea to move on to the car’s windows to remove any soap scum that may have formed during the wash. To avoid damaging the rubber seals or tinting on the windows, it is important to use a window cleaner specifically designed for automotive glass instead of household cleaners. Use a microfiber cloth when wiping the windows to avoid any unnecessary scratches.
- Wash the Wheels
The type of wheel cleaner you should use depends on the type of wheels your vehicle has. Using the wrong cleaner on your wheels can corrode the rims and tarnish their shine. If you are unsure of which type of wheel cleaner to purchase, use an acid-free, pH balanced aluminum cleaner, which is safe for all wheel types.
With these easy DIY car washing tips, your car will feel the love this Valentine’s Day. To spread the love even father, use these tips on a friend or family member’s car as a Valentine’s Day present. To keep your auto body in top shape, give Santa Ana Body Shop a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001. We offer the highest quality auto body and collision repairs in Houston, Texas.