How to Wash a Car By Hand: `Washing your car by hand can be quite a relaxing and satisfying activity. Washing your own vehicle will save you the money that would otherwise be spent paying for a car wash. and also allows you to give extra attention to most especially dirty areas of your car.
However, car washes use abrasive material that might scratch or even damage your vehicle’s paint, so washing your own car by hand will allow you to keep the vehicle and paint job in pristine condition.
Nothing makes your car look better than a good wash, It is very important for good maintenance and to help you enjoy your ride. Below, is explained how to maintain and care for your vehicle and that starts with washing it. Also all the information about what you will need and how you will need to go about it.
The Tools and Parts You Need
Make sure you have the proper tools, cleaners, and supplies before you start the job
- Water hose
- Spray nozzle
- Two buckets
- Two dirt traps
- Microfiber car wash mitt
- Car wash soap
- Wheel cleaner
- Wheel brush
- Two drying towels or a shammy
- General automotive greaser
Tips Before You Need to Know Before Washing Your Car
- Get a washing partner if you wish, with one person washing while the other person rinsing, the job is easier and faster
- Now you have been aware of the hardpoints on your clothes. Things like rivets on jeans or your trusty pocket knife can easily scratch or even damage your car paint
- Do not use dirty microfiber towels
- Avoid dish soap if you can
- Do not use your wheel brush or towel on the body of the car or vice versa
Preparation On How to Wash a Car By Hand and Maintain it
You can wash a car anywhere that you have access to water. It is helpful to get your supplies and tools set up ahead of time so you can clean the car quickly before the soap dries.
- Park the car in a shady spot or inside the garage. Keeping it out of direct sunlight will prevent the water or soap from drying too quickly
- Set up the cleaning material so you have everything in place before you decide to start
- Fill a bucket full of water and then add soap to it. Also, fill another bucket with water for rinsing.
How to Wash a Car by Hand
- First Park in the Righ Spot
The most important thing is to park in a spot that is not in direct sunlight because the sun will bake the vehicle, which means the water will dry faster. and is a recipe for spots, and watermarks. This also if you are on a slight slant so all of the dirt, soap, and even the water runoff and you are not stepping around the car in puddles.
- Prepare Your Equipment
Get all your tools and equipment, before you begin. You don’t need to start the job only to have to stop halfway through to conduct a search and then rescue for the wheel cleaner
- Rinse the Car Down
You need to use a high-pressure setting on your hose nozzle to rinse the car off. But make sure you touch every spot on the vehicle, most especially the underside and wheel wells. You are not only just getting the car wet but as well preparing for the wash. It is very important to get rid of the surface dirt. It is very important to always remove it first so you do not rub it into the paint when you wash the car,
- Start With Wheels First
Wash the wheels and fling a bunch of brake dust and road grime back onto the paint, if you do not wash your car.. Spay the wheel cleaner on a wheel after rinsing, allow it to soak for a bit for it to work itself in. Then now use a wheel brush to scrub and clean the wheels and tires. Rinse the area down properly and move to the next wheel.
- Spray Degreaser, Then Work Top to Bottom and in Sections
Rinse the car down again once the wheels are very clean and then grab your microfiber mitt and bucket. But if there are some areas with heavy-duty dirt like bug guts, spray it down with some degreaser and let down with some degreaser and allow it soak for a while to break it up. Now if you are ready to start washing. Dip your mitt in the first bucket with clean soapy water, then start from the roof of the car and work your way down. Don each section at a time, and then slowly continue around the entire vehicle.
- Keep Rinsing as You Go and Once More at the End
Streaks and water spots appear on your car when the water or the soap dries on the surface. Keep rinsing your vehicle with water as much as you can to keep it wet and lubricated. Go ahead and rinse the entire car once you have completely finished washing.
- Open the Doors and Clean the Jambs
Use a very clean microfiber towel, and get it a bit damp and then wipe down the insides of your doors.
- Dry With Two Towels
Using your drying towel or a shammy, lightly drag your towel over the car’s surface to pick up the large majority of the water. You do not need to worry about getting it all the first time. Just get the main part of it with the first towel, squeezing out the excess needed.
- Detail and Protect
Once you are through washing your car, you can go ahead and to deeper cleaning and detailing techniques just like clay-barring and protecting the vehicle with waxes and coatings if you wish to.