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  • Dalpura

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 09:33 AM

This is a guide to how you "correctly" clean and wash a vehicle. I did a module for this at trade school, and thought I'd share it. At work, we don't do things exactly as mentioned in the book, so I'm rewritting the guide to be a healthy medium between what we do at work, and what the book says. I won't go through safety precautions and such, but I will recommend you read the labels and/or the MDS (material data sheet) that comes with whatever cleaning product you're using. And read it BEFORE you use it.

Washing Exterior Paintwork

Step 1:

Place the vehicle in a suitable wash bay or area. The vehicle should be washed thoroughly with clean water before any other activity is performed. This will remove any loose dirt, and wet the car (to prevent scratching later on). To do this, you should use a high-pressue washer, though a normal hose could also be suitable.

Step 2:

Get a suitable washing detergent. Truck wash is what I use at work, but washing machine/dish washing liquid would be fine for home use. Mix is in a clean bucket, with clean, fresh water.

Step 3:

Use a sponge or cloth to clean the vehicle, using it to apply the detergent. Always start washing from the turret (top of the vehicle). Most dirt assumulates on the lower areas of the vehicle, and these areas should be washed last to prevent dirt becoming caught in the cloth and scratching the vehicle.

Step 4:

After applying the soapy water, and removing all dirt and grime; remove all of the soap from the vehicle. Use the high-pressure cleaning, or hose again, to do this. You should do this immediately after applying the soap, so no residue from the soap is left. The residue can cause steaking and mark the paint if left too long.

Step 5:

Dry the vehicle off, using a chamois (pronouced shammy) rag. Do this immediately after hosing, you do this so the water isn't left too long and doesn't mark the paint. Especially in direct sunlight, water can cause spotting on the paint.

Cleaning the interious

Vacuum the inside of the vehicle first, just to remove any loose dirt. Don't use an air duster or blower. As these only more the dust and dirt around, they don't actually remove it. Carpets can be treated as any, vacuum, stain removers and shampoos are fine to use.

Seats should be cleaned with an automotive upholstery cleaner. Or as I use, Nifti! You can use nifti (or any other general purpose cleaner) to clean the dash also. Never use steel wool or any solvents to clean the interior of the car, as it can permanently mark the trimmings. Windows can be cleaned with any glass cleaner, steel wool or a razor blade; depending on the dirt or marks.

Cleaning Chrome Body Parts

You can use a few things on chrome. You can use either a specialised chrome cleaning, cutting compound, or steel wool. Chrome looks f*cking amazing after a go over with steel wool, but the wool can remove the coating, speeding up rust and corrosion. So don't do it to your own car. I would recommend cutters, as their easy to use and clean off, cheap and easy to obtain.

Cleaning Plastic Body Parts

You can use either a specialised plastic cleaner or wax and grease remover (prepsol). You only use these AFTER you've washed the car with soapy water, as a lot of the dirt and marks will be removed then.

So that's about it really. That's how you "correctly" wash a car, and if you want to work at any automotive shop you'll need to know how to do the above. Hope you learned something. It's all a bit different to how I used to help mum wash the car, broom and bucket. tounge.gif

  • Andrew

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 09:39 AM

Heh nice guide Dal, very similar to the way I wash my car.. meh, though broom is used instead of sponge.

  • Celica144db


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Posted 08 July 2005 - 04:14 PM

Dishwashing detergent isn't really good for washing cars... It WILL get the car clean, but its not great for the finish and will require you to re-wax the car in order to restore the protective coating.

I used to use it on my old silver GMC Tracker when I first got my licence years ago... but that tin can never seen a coat of wax... lol

Otherwise, good guide. Auto-Detailing sucks the big one tho... I hate cleaning other peoples nasty-ass vehicles on 30+ Degree days...

  • Trueno_Drifter86

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 11:43 PM

Thank's man cleanin is a bitch of a job en now i can do it better with dis guide

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