Washing Your Car Regularly.. Why?
Aside from obvious of having a car that looks great, car washing can protect cars finish. Bird droppings and bug splatter can get to be real relentless at different times. Also air bourne contaminant( some we can't even see), all wage a consistent and prolonged attack on your cars finish.
Bug splatter for instance, have acids and particles in them that can eat away at clearcoat of your car, making it susceptible to rust.The metallic particles that come off rotor as well as brake dust with its adhesive properties from factory, and tar, all do damage to your cars paint.
So how can we stop culprits right in there track, by washing our vehicles regularly!
How and Where To Start
I don't know if you knew this or not, but most of swirl marks we see on our car is from washing car. I know you have seen one of those dark colored cars that look real good at a 30000 ft view. However when you get up close it is riddled with swirl marks. They kinda look like cookies.
Why this knowledge is important is that it helps us all to realize, that even though washing a car seems so simple, What is often overlooked is that there is a right and a wrong way to do it. That is first place to start is with this understanding.
I like to start out by finding products that will not scratch paint. I use a chenille wash mitt, or a microfiber one. They both do a great job at pulling dirt away from paint and holding it in there fibers so that it does not scratch paint.
Please don,t use dish washing liquid to wash your car with, why? Dish detergent has properties in it that strip paint of oils it needs to keep from drying out. So use a good car wash shampoo to wash car with. I use Meguiars Soft Gel, its ph balanced with no detergents, and has lubricants in it that bring out gloss in paint finish.
Because I do not want those swirl marks on my car, or any car I work on. I use more than one bucket to do my car washing. I recommend to do it that way if you can, cause after you make a pass with wash mitt its gona be dirty. Instead of constantly washing with water hose, just dip it in bucket of fresh water to remove dirt then back in soapy water.