As we’ve said a million times, the washing steps are the most important part of any part, whether it’s routine maintenance, routine deep cleaning, or preparation for other parts of the part like decontamination paint and polishing machine. In many ways, this is also the only part of the process where you run the risk of causing damage to yourself-such as swirls, scratches, and abrasions to previously applied protective layers-then you don’t have to work to fix them. Besides, even if you plan to have your entire car repaired, later on, it doesn’t make sense to complicate your life by making more mistakes when working in a clean environment. wet school, right?

Maintaining a car is about preserving its value and protecting it from the onset of corrosion just like preserving the look of your car. And the simple fact of getting the job done in the safest way possible – simply by following the basics of testing and detailing – is really the foundation of all the details.

However, the good news is that the safe washing process is simple and pretty much the same no matter what car you drive. So, here’s our most in-depth guide to how it’s done, what to watch out for, and all the reasons why safe washing is the most important detail of all…

Summertime is arguably when you’ll want your pride and joy to look its best, be that for the odd car show, or simply because the sun is shining and that paintwork should be glistening for all to see, and rightly so we say. But, when it comes to cleaning, the warm weather – particularly all those recent heatwaves over here in Europe – is always the enemy. In fact, from a detailing point of view, it might not be the most pleasant washing a car in the cold and rain, or getting up early to do the job, but it’s far better when looking to rid surfaces of contamination in the safest possible way.

Now, we all know you shouldn’t clean your car in direct sunlight or when it’s hot to the touch – it says so on the bottles of many car cleaners – but why? The short answer is to avoid premature drying.

When you wash your car, some cleaners are needed to break the bonds of contaminants to release them from the surface, this is the process of removing them for the car and in wet work you will use combine this cleaning chemical, with some mechanical (or physical) cleaning. Technically, your cleaning chemicals and rinse aid are your cleaners, and shouldn’t be left to dry naturally on the car as this prevents them from doing their job.

It doesn’t matter if it’s snow foam, pre-cleaner or shampoo. Modern car cleaners are designed to lift particles and grime, keeping them in their solution and allowing them to be rinsed off without touching the surface. This process is designed to prevent scratches, swirl marks or abrasion of previously applied protective layers. There are exceptions, such as solvent-based cleaners and strong decontamination products that we can use for specific tasks, but the protective safe chemical cleaners we usually used on external surfaces are classified as liquids, which means they partially contain water molecules. , an important part of the mixture that allows them to clean. By mixing them with special polar molecules, called surfactants – which are attracted to water at one end and dirt at the other – chemical cleaners draw contaminants from surfaces that use both surfactants and water – one cannot function without the other.

 The problem here is that when a liquid is applied to a hot surface, the water quickly evaporates, leaving other chemicals behind before they have a chance to interact with the water. First, it prevents surfactant molecules from removing dirt from the surface, and second, it prevents detergents from holding dirt in a solution that is ready to be safely rinsed off. Without the dissolving of the cleaning solution and contamination, you are essentially leaving both potentially harmful particles and the actual cleaning agent trapped on the surface.

The most basic rule of washing steps is to not let your water or other cleaners dry naturally, simply to avoid leaving foreign particles on sensitive surfaces like paintwork and shiny plastic. That’s why, first and foremost, we always keep any vehicle wet during the wash phase until we’re ready to remove surface water and impurities together with how to absorb – aka blot them with your dry towel. The scorching hot weather or the hot surfaces created by driving and braking make it almost impossible to avoid premature drying. That’s also why you can see professional detail using an awning to ensure your car is shaded from the sun, or an assistant to keep the surface moist.

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