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Wash A Black Car

by Ms. Samantha (follow)
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Having a black car is a lot of work and is the hardest to keep clean and wash. Other coloured cars do not show up the dirt as much. After a black car is washed, only hours later will dust that has fallen on the newly washed car will appear. I should know this, as I own a black car. All of this is extremely frustrating; especially when you have invested a lot of effort into washing your car and then hours later, it is dirty again.

Furthermore, washing a black car can be much more harder than washing a lighter coloured car. Black cars are most susceptible to swirl marks and streaks. Swirl marks are light scratches in the clear coat of the paint and are of a circular shape. To remove swirl marks often requires a cut and polish, which can take hours if done correctly.

Seeing that washing a black car can be hard, I've decided to write this article to share my car washing tips that I use.


Time: 30 - 1 hour

Materials:

Two buckets (One filled with soapy water and one filled with water)
Microfiber sponge
Car shampoo
Microfiber cloth
Hose



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Method

First make sure the car is parked in the shade and has been in the shade for a few hours. This will ensure that the car body isn't hot. This minimises the soapy water drying and causing streaks on the paint work.

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Hose the entire car down. This loosens and removes dirt and road grime; which will scratch the paint if not removed before washing. Make sure you hose out all the nooks and crannies behind the tyres. Road grime also builds up under here.

Use the microfiber sponge to wash the car in sections. (Don't forget to keep dipping the sponge in the bucket of soapy water. You don't want to wash the car with only a wet sponge, this would scratch the paint. Don't wash in a circular motion; wash in an up and down motion. this reduces swirl marks. Once you wash one section, rinse with the hoarse. Otherwise, the soapy water might dry. Make sure to start with the roof and work your way down. Save the lower panels/side skirts till last, as these gather the most road grime.

Continually soak the sponge in your other bucket of water. This rinses any of the dirt off the sponge and reduces contamination of dirt into the soapy water bucket.

Once all the paint work has been washed, you can wash your rims/alloys. Keep in mind, once these are washed, do not start washing the paint again.

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Completely hose the car down. Ensuring to rinse off all the soap.

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Time to dry the car. Firstly, dry the windows and windscreen with the micro fiber cloth. Then dry the car in sections in an up and down motion.

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Once all these steps have been completed, you should have a streak free, swirl mark free black shinny car. These steps can be used to wash any colour car.

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