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What to avoid when washing a car

When washing a car, especially during a detailing session, it's important to avoid certain practices that could potentially damage the vehicle's paint or other surfaces. Here are five things to avoid when washing a car in order to ensure a safe and effective detailing process:

  1. Using harsh or abrasive materials: Avoid using harsh or abrasive materials, such as rough sponges, brushes with stiff bristles, or scouring pads, as they can scratch the paint and leave swirl marks. Instead, use soft, non-abrasive materials like microfiber towels, lambswool mitts, or foam applicators to gently clean the car's surfaces.

  2. Washing under direct sunlight: Washing a car under direct sunlight can cause the soap and water to dry quickly, leaving behind water spots and soap residue. It's best to wash the car in a shaded area or during cooler hours of the day to allow for proper rinsing and drying without the risk of water spots.

  3. Using dish soap or other household cleaners: Avoid using dish soap or other household cleaners to wash your car, as they can strip off the protective wax or sealant on the paint, leaving it vulnerable to damage. Instead, use a pH-neutral car wash soap specifically formulated for automotive use, which will safely clean the car without harming the paint.

  4. Neglecting to rinse thoroughly: Proper rinsing is crucial to remove all soap residue and contaminants from the car's surfaces. Failing to rinse thoroughly can result in soap residue drying on the paint, leaving behind streaks or spots. Make sure to rinse all areas of the car, including wheels, tires, and the undersides of the fenders, to ensure a thorough clean.

  5. Using excessive pressure or force: Avoid using excessive pressure or force when washing a car, as it can potentially cause damage to the paint or other delicate surfaces. Use gentle and even pressure when applying soap, scrubbing, and rinsing, and avoid using high-pressure water jets or power washers at close range, as they can strip off paint, damage trim pieces, or force water into sensitive areas like door seals.

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