So.. our vehicles have oil change recommendations and all kinds of other maintenance info. What about care of the exterior? Thankfully you found your way to this page! Exterior washing should be performed weekly or biweekly for daily drivers. And after consistently driving in the rain. What are some good ways to wash you ask? We got you! Washing or detailing your vehicles exterior need not be daunting. Keep in mind two basic principles. Maintain gentle pressure and remove dirt instead of spreading. To accomplish this, the two bucket wash method is used. What is that? Take a break from reading and watch the below tutorial video. This video is focusing on the maintenance wash for ceramic coated vehicles, Keep in mind though- this same basic washing technique can be used whether or not your vehicle is ceramic coated. _____ After washing is completed, be sure to dry your vehicle using a plush MicroFiber Towel or forced air. Leaving a vehicle to air dry can lead to water spot etching from hard water, left over soap residue and other chemicals included in some laser washes. Watch this short video for more info on Water spotting. If you are using drying towels, Micro Fiber Towels are soft, more absorbent and are preferred over Cotton towels and other fabrics that can easily pick up and drag dirt particles and other contaminants across your paints surface causing micro scratches, AKA micro marring. Drying aids such as gloss Enhancers can be used during this process as well. It’s best to use light or no pressure during the drying process.
Decontamination/Tar Removal: (Once a year or each time before waxing, sealing or any other coating is applied to your vehicle) This process removes tar and other contaminant buildup from your paints clear coat. And can be performed after the cleaning wash. There is the mechanical way of using a clay bar, or synthetic clay block and the chemical way of using a tar removal chemical or fallout remover along with iron remover. See below picture- left side decontaminated VS right side buildup is still there. If you are performing this process yourself: Please keep in mind to use automotive Clay and lubricant, such as a detail spray if choosing the mechanical route.
Wax & Sealant (2-4 times a year) Paste Wax, which can last up to a few months, is a traditional and simple way to help guard your vehicle from road grime sticking to your paints clear coat & add gloss to your ride. There are a few waxes that can last longer, however most off the shelf waxes will last 2-3 months at best. Sealant is a good option since it lasts longer than wax. (Sealant cures harder) Expected life of one coat of a good sealant is 4-6 months. If applying one of these yourself, be sure to perform a proper decontamination treatment on the painted surfaces before application. Covering road grime & other contaminants with wax or sealant is harmful to your clear coat. And micro-marring damage would be done by wiping embedded contaminants across the surface. Additionally the wax or sealant would not adhere properly to your paints surface- therefore not lasting as long as it should. If your looking for the ultimate coating options check out Ceramic Coatings!