We all a love a shiny, clean car, but how you go about it can actually cause more damage than you think. Here are some very popular myths about car detailing you should stop believing.
It’s okay to wash your vehicle anytime of day
Washing your vehicle in the middle of a hot Central Florida day can actually damage the finish. A CNN article explains,
“Dousing your car with water in bright sunlight can be ruinously bad for its finish. First, the sun heats up the metal to the point it’s scalding hot to the touch. Then, you add some nice tepid tap water — which is immediately boiled off the finish, along with caustic soap and whatever grime you didn’t clear off — while any remaining rivulets of moisture act like a magnifying glass, amping-up the power of the sun’s murderous rays. The end result is not pretty — and cosmetics aside, you’ve cut into the resale/trade-in value of your vehicle by flailing its finish.
“New cars with base/clear-coat paints are especially vulnerable to sun damage, because once the very thin clear topcoat is burned away or otherwise damaged, the paint will never shine again, no matter how hard you wax and polish. Only an expensive repaint will fix things. It’s far better to wash on cloudy, overcast days — or at least in the shade, away from direct sunlight. A great time to wash a car is just after dawn — and in the late afternoon, just as the sun is slipping past the horizon.”
Using dishwashing soap is a good alternative
Detergents such as dishwashing soap are very strong. Not only do they remove grease, oil, and dirt, they also remove the polymer, meant to protect the finish.
“Don’t… use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren’t formulated for use on a car’s paint and may strip off the protective wax,” Consumer Reports.
Check back with us next week as we bust more myths, Until then stop by one of Rite Now Mobile Detailing locations to get your car professionally cleaned