How to Wash a Car

Washing car

While washing your car can certainly help it sparkle on the Vienna roads, that is not the only benefit to having a clean car. Washing your car properly can also help to protect the exterior paint and control imperfections you can’t see, such as tiny scratches. At Stohlman Volkswagen, we understand that your vehicle is an important investment, and it is our goal to help you keep it in like-new condition. If you are not sure how to wash a car the right way, don’t worry! The service team at Stohlman Volkswagen has provided this handy guide below.

Create a Plan

Before you begin, you should determine whether your vehicle requires a thorough scrub down or just a quick wash. If you drive a fairly new car or your vehicle has been recently waxed or polished, all it should need is a simple wash and wax. However, if the exterior of your vehicle has been a bit neglected and exposed to the elements for a few months, a more thorough cleaning is probably needed.

Rinse Before You Wash

You want to remove loose dirt and debris from your vehicle before you start to wash it to help prevent damage to the finish. To wash the vehicle, use car washing mitts and drying cloths to clean your car’s surface more thoroughly. After the body of the vehicle is sparking clean, it’s time to move on to the windows. Make sure that the cleaning product you are using does not contain ammonia and that it is designed for automotive use. When you are ready to move on to the wheels, it is recommended that you use a low-strength, acid-free pH balanced aluminum wheel cleaner.

Remove Bumps & Apply Compound

If there are contaminants remaining on the surface of your vehicle, a clay bar can take care of the problem. Gently buff away tree sap and other stubborn debris. If you need to remove small scratches below the surface, consider using a rubbing compound with a dual-action polisher. In most cases, you will need to use 2-4 coats of the compound.

Apply Polish if You Prefer

If you want to apply a polish to your vehicle, it is best to select a dual-action polisher. The oils in the polish will give your car a sleek, glossy look. To apply the polish, use a soft towel or an orbital buffer. While it is faster to use the orbital buffer, you will not have as much control over the look of the finished product. Additionally, you need to take extra caution to ensure that no debris comes between the pad and your car while it’s in motion. If it does, it can lead to scratches.

Wax the Vehicle

Sure, car wax can make the exterior of your vehicle really shine, but it also helps to protect the paint from UV rays. When choosing car wax, common options you will encounter are carnauba and polymer. Polymer wax is the more pricey of the two, but it does not need to set as long and it does not haze.

How Often to Wash a Car

Wondering how often to wash a car? It really depends on your driving habits. If you are simply commuting to work or running errands, washing your car every two weeks and waxing it twice a year should suffice. However, if you are a bit more adventurous and do a lot of off-roading, it is recommended that you wash your car as soon as you can afterward.

Tips on How to Wash a Car

  • Cleaning Supplies: Opt for a solution that protects your vehicle’s paint over hand soap, dishwashing soap, or household glass cleaner. When you wash the car, use a natural sponge or wool mitt.
  • Washing: Lather up your car with soap and clean the sponge with fresh water as you wash the car body, windows, tires, and wheels.
    Drying: Hand-dry the car with a chamois or terry towel. If you let the car air-dry, it can lead to swirl marks.

Keep Your Vehicle Looking Like New with Stohlman Volkswagen

Do you have additional questions about how to wash a car properly? Do not hesitate to contact the experts at Stohlman Volkswagen. We would be happy to share our tips for keeping your vehicle looking and running like new and how to make an air freshener for your car!

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