Car washing may be a tedious job that you’d like to skip, but we all know that despite all the car washing shop around, there are times that you have no choice but to do it yourself. However, to make this chore less of a hassle and to keep it from consuming your day off, here are some tips that you’ll find helpful. They can help you finish the job just as well without spending an entire day.
1. Prewash Prep
You spend more time than you should if you keep yo-yoing between washing and digging around for all the things that you need for washing. To avoid wasting time, make sure you gather everything that you need like bucket, old clean hand towel, shop towels, bottle of car wash shampoo/cleaning agent, and your garden hose. This helps you get the job done fluidly and quickly instead of stopping every now and then to get something.
2. Do It In The Shade
We all know that letting your car sit under direct sunlight is not good for your paint job. This is even truer if you’re car washing because with the direct sunlight could blister and peel so much easier while the water could easily seep through and develop rusts. However, aside from these negative effects, washing your car under direct sunlight consumes more time because the soapy water dries prematurely which will require you to reapply the soap and rinse it before it leaves residue. So doing this task in the shade is one way to eliminate this problem so you’re not repeating the process over and over.
3. Start Washing
Start by adding your car-wash solution to the bucket of warm water and dunking your hand towel in. The type of soap you choose will determine the outcome of your wash: Some soaps will simply wash off your vehicle; others add a wax or water repellent in lieu of a full-on wax job.
Once your towel is soaked, don’t wring it out — the wetter it is, the better. If your vehicle is large, cover it in sections; the objective here is to rinse off your vehicle completely before the soapy water completely dries. You can experiment with one large towel or two. Washing with one towel in each hand lets you cover more ground.
Rinsing should be the quickest and easiest part of this task, especially with your garden hose on standby. Just make sure that you adjust the pressure of your hose’ nozzle because too much water pressure can easily take the paint off and even damages your car’s body parts.
5. Dry And Drive
Just because you’re trying to do this as quickly as possible doesn’t mean you will skip drying. That’s absolutely not an option. Use a full-sized towel. Hold the corners, and drape it flat over the vehicle. Drag the towel over broad surfaces to dry as much as possible, and use a smaller hand towel to mop up any smaller portions you may have missed. Now for the fun part: Once you’ve removed as much water as you can, take your car for a quick spin up and down the road to let the wind dry if off completely.