Video: How to Clean the Exterior of your Car

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned car wash on a Saturday afternoon. But even if you’ve never done it before, cleaning your car is easier than you think. We’ll walk you through it. You got this.
 

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How to clean the exterior of your car

 

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned car wash on a Saturday afternoon. But even if you’ve never done it before, cleaning your car is easier than you think. We’ll walk you through it. You got this.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

1. Grab a bucket. Fill it with water and add the car wash soap. Follow the instructions for how much to use. You can also use a separate water bucket to rinse your wash mitt to prevent any dirt from transferring back onto the car and causing scratches in the paint.

2. Next, rinse the car with a hose. Focus on really dirty areas, like the wheel wells. 

3. Using a bumper brush, you’ll want to start with the dirtiest part of the car first, such as the wheel wells. By starting with the dirtiest areas, you’re going to avoid splashing dirt onto parts of the car you’ve already cleaned.

4. Clean the rims by spraying a rim cleaner in a back and forth horizontal motion, working your way up the tire, this prevents product from quickly running down the tire. Use a wheel brush to scrub off any stuck on dirt or brake dust. Fully clean one rim before moving onto the next one. 

5. Using a stiff brush, clean the tires using a tire cleaner to remove any old tire dressings that have been applied in the past.

6. Now it’s time to wash the body of the vehicle. The dirtiest part of the car is usually the bottom panels, so by starting to wash at the top and working your way down you’ll prevent any big pieces of dirt from causing scratches across the car. Rinse out your wash mitt in the clean water bucket to keep your wash mitt free of dirt.

7. Once you’ve soaped it all down, time to give it a rinse with the hose.

8. Now that your car is clean, you’re going to want to dry the car to preventing water spots from occurring. 

9. Finally, grab the tire shine and spray it on your tires. Let it stand for about 10-15 minutes to prevent wet product from slinging up onto the paint. 

If you’ve followed these steps correctly, your car should look as good as new. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow. Nuff said. You got this. 

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