LET US DISCUSS SOMETHING MORE ON CAR SHAMPOOS.
Types of Car shampoos – Natural, Synthetic, Simple or with Cleaner / Mild Abrasives etc.
Some brands have a gloss enhancer built in; others have wax in there too.
Need water or water less type, whether has hard water solvents? (If the water is hard it may cause spots during Drying. Good shampoos have softening agents which helps minimize water spotting.)
The correct way to shampoo a car?
And which are the good one?
A. The correct way to shampoo a car provided your tyres are not dirty or muddy:
1. Prepare a shampoo solution according to the recommended dilution (note some shampoos work better if added more than the recommended dilution based on the water quality, you can make a trial) & have in your Wash bucket. Better wash bucket may have a plastic grid mesh so that dirts can settle down.
2. Keep another bucket of plain water as Rinse bucket.
3. Rinse the car with hose/pressure washer to remove loose dirt – regulate water velocity according to the area- mild on paint more pressure on tyres , inside fenders & mud flaps (if more muddy, allow it to soak and rinse again.
4. Put your wash mitt in the wash bucket, Dug the wash mitt and grab some solution along with it, don’t squeeze and wipe your car’s body with a light hand.
5. Wipe an area of a panel gently. Flip the mitt and wipe on new area.
6. Rinse the mitt in your rinse bucket.
7. Once done with a panel, softly rinse the panel with the hose.
8. Repeat step 4 through 6 until you are done with all panels.
9. Rinse lower side of the car and tyres, mud flaps last.
9. Do a final rinse all over.
10. Dry softly.
B. If the tyres are dirty or muddy:
You want to wash the wheels first, since these are often the dirtiest portion of the car. If you wait to wash these very last you will end up splashing a lot of mud and debris on the rest of the clean car.
1. Wash the wheels & remove the muds from wheel arch, mud flap.
2. Initial rinse with sprayed water
3. Use two buckets
4. Scrub top down
5. Foam washes using mitt / sponge
6. Final rinse with water
7. Primary dry using weave towel
8. Detail dry using MF towel
TOWELS: Use a separate towel cloths for the body and for the wheels.
Avoid petrol bunk cotton red towels; if you use, ensure to dip that new cloth in boiling water with detergent to get rid of unwanted starch and lint, to make it softer.
WATER: Try to avoid hard water (from the bore well) as much as possible. It’s the fastest way to make your paint fade and to invite corrosion. Water shouldn’t be hard, it will damage the paint layers and plastic/rubber parts in long run. If you regularly wax your car then no need to regularly wash the car, dry clean will do the job.
Sometimes spots will be left on the car if the car is not dried properly, clean with microfiber towel to remove leftover water droplets. This is very common on glasses; clean first & then later finally again.
ALLOYS should be washed with detergent. Use a soft toothbrush to clean those hard-to-reach areas, to clean the dust coated on the brake pad.
TAR SPOTS & STUBBORN DIRT can be removed by applying AMWAY SG or WD40 (both are must haves), please note, don’t waste your money in buying the so called ‘tar & bug removers’.
THE DISCOLORED GREYISH BORDERS ON THE LOWER PARTS created by the sprayed mucks from the road / are those could not be removed by shampoo?
Diesel / WD40 can remove it, if not, the easiest way with the help of fine rubbing compound.
BIRD DROPPING STAINS:
You should not try to rub or wipe off the droppings. This will scratch the car. Instead let a wet cloth / wet tissue paper to soak on the dropping for a minute, then use another clean wet cloth/ tissue paper to lift the dropping off, then you can wash it off with ONR&S spray & clean with MF cloth.
WATER LESS SHAMPOOS
Has different steps.
Waterless Car Washes are one-step products meant to clean and protect our car.
In reality it is not a purely waterless wash one. You do need water but less. This wash media has high tech polymers that bond to the paint to protect it.
I used earlier AMWAY( good), and then ABRO GOLD ( good) and now I use ONR&S - OPTIMUM NO RINSE & SHINE (2012 VERSION) which is quite popular among car detailers.
Of course I don’t prefer it in water less mode; I rinse the car with sprayed water, wipe & dry the surface and apply ONR&S, leave few seconds, wipe and dry panel by panel. My mixing ratio is 40 ml /4 liters of water.
The recommended rate of ONR is 1 oz. for 1-2 gallons of water. After the first wash with ONR you should have a fairly good idea about the amount of water and ONR required. (1 oz. of ONR is approximately 3 caps.)
(For water scarce area ONR requires only 60 ml of ONR mixing ratio of 8 liters of waters comparing 200 - 400 liters of water use to flushing the car complete.)
I would not recommend using ONR on a car that has an extremely dirty surface, only the conventional method is best.
No Rinse Wash & Shine can be used as
1. Car Wash (1 ounce to 2 gallons water)
2. Water Conditioner (1 ounce to wash water made with regular car shampoo)
3. Clay Lubricant (2 ounces to a gallon of water)
4. Quick Detailer (6 ounces to a gallon of water)
Whichever shampoo you prefer or like to use, the effect you get will be based on the water quality of your area, I would advise you to keep one bottle of ONR&S shampoo. This is not only good and leave a better shine after washing & before waxing, a must have in your daily spray bottle (10ml/ litre of water) to clean day today dirt, as I indicated in my earlier write up.
Some of the nice car shampoos in the market:
SHAMPOO – Amway car shampoo, Turtle Zip Wax (Wash & Wax), Formula 1 Wash & Wax, ABRO premium gold, Sonax Gloss, Autoglm Body Work Conditioner
SHAMPOO SYNTHETIC - Meguiars NXT WASH, Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo
RINSE LESS, WATERLESS WASH – Optimum No Rinse, Ultima Waterless Wash Plus+ Concentrate, Duragloss Rinseless Wash
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