We love our car! We use it every day, it takes us to work, the grocery store, picks up the kids from school, takes them to all their activities, and takes us out to dinner once in a while. Of course it gets dirty. Between the pollen, love bugs, and lunch that fell between the seats, it doesn’t take much to get filthy.

So, instead of grabbing a bucket and rag on Saturday morning and washing the car yourself, you decide to go through the car wash. True, they may spray some soap and water on your vehicle, then pound it with dirty brushes and hopefully not scratch it too bad.

According to Popular Mechanics, “If you care about your car’s exterior, you’ll avoid those quickie car washes with the big brushes that can do more harm than good.”

The fact is, most surface contaminants aren’t removed by the average car wash

Insects. Bugs are a vehicle’s worst enemy, especially love bugs. Their insides contain chemicals and acid that attack and eat away at the paint. Much of what you think are stone chips are actually bug guts left on the paint too long. Unfortunately, that quick car wash doesn’t do anything to remove the residue left behind by these insects, causing holes in the clear coat.

Road tar: The simple car wash does little to the tar and black pavement kicked up by vehicles and sticking to yours. With all the construction going on around Central Florida, no one is immune to this sticky substance which is made even worse with our intense heat.

Oxidation: A chemical reaction, typically from the pollutants in the atmosphere and the sun, with the pigment in the paint on your car. It can leave even the nicest of vehicles dull and dingy. To restore your car, it takes more than a run through an automatic car wash.

Whether you’re a car enthusiast or just want to retain the value of your vehicle, your prized possession is a big investment and needs to be taken care of beyond just washing it on the weekends. Washing, waxing, paint restoration, and meticulous detailing can be a tough job to tackle without the proper products, equipment.and of course time!

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