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How to Wash a Car

Car Wash

Washing your car regularly keeps it looking its best, but there are other benefits as well. Regular washings also protect your vehicle’s exterior paint and cut down on scratches and other small exterior imperfections. Silko Honda has put together an easy guide for how to wash your car and keep it in top condition, including step-by-step instructions and how often Brockton drivers should wash their cars. Read on!

Plan Ahead 

Your car’s level of cleaning will depend on its condition. Will it need a wash and wax or something more intense? Newer or more recently washed vehicles usually just need a surface-level wash, while cars that have gone a long time between washes will need more attention. Be sure to decide what level of washing your car needs before getting started.

Rinse & Wash 

Start the car washing process with a quick rinse to remove surface-level dirt and debris. Then, using car washing mitts and drying cloths, wash the surface of your car more thoroughly. Use an ammonia-free solution (intended for cars only) on your windows. Finally, use a low-strength acid-free aluminum wheel cleaner to wash the wheels and tires.

Remove Bumps & Apply Compound 

There will likely be other, deeper-level contaminants on your car’s surface. You can remove this by buffing the surfaces using a clay bar. To get rid of scratches under the surface, use a dual-action polisher with 2-4 coats of compound.

Apply Polish (If Needed)

Continue to use your dual-action polisher to give your car a glossy finish; use the polish with an orbital buffer or a soft towel for application. If you use an orbital buffer, it’ll work faster but will also give you less control. Make sure that no dirt or debris comes between the pad and your car while you’re polishing, or you’ll end up with scratches!

Wax Your Car

Just like washing, waxing your Honda improves the appearance but has a number of other great benefits! It protects your exterior paint from harmful UV rays and helps your car retain its outer sheen. If you want to wax your car, go with carnauba or polymer – these are the two most common types of wax. Polymer is a bit pricier, but it makes up for it with a shorter setting period and a lack of haze.

How Often to Wash a Car

There is no one answer to the question of how often you should wash your car. It depends on how often you drive and what kind of driving you’re doing in your car. If driving your Honda mostly consists of your daily Taunton commute, you’ll want to wash your car maybe every two weeks, and wax it every six months. On the other hand, if you’re taking long road trips or weekend off-road adventures away from Fall River, you should clean your car as soon as possible after each trip.

How to Wash a Car: Tips

  • Cleaning Supplies: Stock up on cleaning solutions that are designed exclusively for cars. Stay away from conventional products like hand soap or household glass cleaner. Use a wool mitt or a sponge to wash your car’s surfaces.
  • Washing: Lather your car’s surfaces with soap, and wash out the sponge with fresh water as you work your way through the car body, windows, tires, and wheels.
  • Drying: Leaving your car to air-dry could cause swirl marks. Instead, use a chamois or terry towel and hand-dry the surface.

Get More Car Care Tips from Silko Honda! 

If you have any questions about how to wash a car or how often to wash a car, feel free to contact our office anytime! If your Honda needs any other kind of work done, you can schedule a service appointment right from our website. Be sure to check out our service specials to see if you can save on your next appointment!


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