Look After Your Car With Our Car Wash Guide

Please take time to read this guide as it will show how to safely wash your car while minimising swirl marks. Using the correct car washing method will ensure your car looks the best it possibly can. This procedure will also prepare it for detailing.

Pre Rinse

The first stage of car washing is regularly rushed. It is one of the most important stages though as it helps to loosen dirt which would otherwise be caught in the wash mitt/sponge. Using a pressure washer or hose work from the top down, rinsing each panel carefully. Particular attention should be paid to panel gaps, the lower half of the car, wheel arches and wheels. This stage should take a good 15 minutes for the best possible results to be achieved.

Snow Foam

Often missed out by many is the Snow Foam. This stage is important to help reduce the risk of swirl marks, although the main purpose is to further loosen dirt, while removing road grime and light contaminates. These contaminates will cause swirl marks if they are not lifted from the vehicle’s paintwork.  

Our Ocean Spray Snow Foam aids the removal of these contaminates. Depending on the foam thickness, or if economy is required, we recommend between 40-100ml for a 1L lance. More product will produce a thicker foam, which will cling to the surface for longer. Top the bottle up with water and gently shake it to ensure the contents are mixed well. Now you can begin to apply the Snow Foam to the vehicle. Try to spread it as efficiently as possible to avoid wasting any product. When the vehicle is covered, allow the foam to stand for 5-10 minutes to ensure it does its job correctly. The length of time depends on the weather conditions. If it is hot or very sunny do not leave the foam on for longer than 5 minutes as it will dry on the surface, and will then be much harder to remove.

 While the Snow Foam is working its magic we recommend filling the buckets, the use of which is covered in the two bucket wash stage. Now rinse the Snow Foam off with a pressure washer or hose. Starting from the bottom and working up your car will further help the product to work effectively.

Cleaning Wheels

The majority of people will include this stage in the main washing of the vehicle. However, we prefer to do it before as it ensures that no contaminates will be caught in the wash mitt and transferred onto the paintwork. Using our Blueberry Burst wheel cleaner in a mixer bottle with a trigger, (which can be diluted up to 1:9), spray onto the surface of each wheel and into the barrel if these can be accessed. Using a bucket of fresh water and a wheel brush, (we also like to add a small amount of our Tropical Bliss Shampoo into the bucket to help lubricate the brush) agitate the Blueberry Burst into the wheel ensuring all areas are reached while rinsing the brush in the water occasionally. Rinse the wheels down with a pressure washer or hose.

Two Bucket Wash

Now it is time to wash the vehicle’s paintwork and glass. To ensure the risk of inflicting swirl marks into the paintwork is dramatically lowered you will need two buckets with grit guards and a mitt/sponge. Fill one bucket with fresh water, and fill the other about three quarters full and add our Tropical Bliss Shampoo. We recommend a minimum of 25ml for a 20L bucket (1:800) to ensure you have a nice soapy mixture. Using a pressure washer or hose fill the rest of the bucket to create the soapy bubbles.

Start cleaning from the top of the vehicle and work your way down. We recommend doing the top half of the car up to the door handles/bonnet/top of rear bumper all the way round the vehicle and then the bottom half. Place your wash mitt into the bucket with shampoo and use light pressure to move the mitt from side to side to remove the dirt. Do not increase the pressure; some areas may just take more time. After cleaning each panel, rinse the mitt in the fresh water bucket to remove any dirt before placing it back in the shampoo solution, and then repeat the process for the rest of the vehicle.

Rinsing

The weather conditions will dictate how to rinse the vehicle. We recommend if it is hot and sunny that you rinse each panel as you go along. This will help avoid water spots, as they will not dry on the car. In cooler conditions you can wash the whole vehicle before rinsing. Using a pressure washer or hose set to a low flow of water, rinse from the top down using plenty of water to allow the shampoo to be thoroughly rinsed off.

Drying

This stage tends to be where most damage is inflicted to the vehicle’s paintwork. Do not use a water blade as this will scratch the paintwork if a small amount of dirt gets trapped between the blade and the paintwork.

Starting at the top and working your way down, use a microfiber drying towel and gently pat the towel to minimise inflicting marring, or wipe the surface dry using no pressure on the towel. We would also recommend using our Lightening Lemon quick detailer when drying, as this will lubricate the surface and also add some protection to your paintwork. 

Tyre Dressing

Finally apply our Cherry Glaze tyre dressing. Ensure tyres are clean and dry, apply to the outer tyre walls using a paint brush or tyre dressing applicator for a glossy, long lasting sheen.