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Your car’s exterior takes a beating, whether it’s from the elements, the road, bugs and a thousand other things. While interior detailing tends to be more predictable, cleaning the outside of your car is whole other story. Here are just a few substances you might find on your car’s body, windows, tires and wheels:
- Dust & dirt
- Small pebbles and road debris
- And much more
We know that exterior detailing presents tough challenges. That’s why the car part experts at PFYC.com created this “how to” guide for cleaning your vehicle’s outside area. Check out our interior detailing article for more about keeping your inside spotless!
If you’re ready to detail, it’s best to clean on a nice day. Rain, snow, and even blazing sunshine can limit the effectiveness of your cleaning method. If the weather won’t cooperate, find a car shelter or other covered area.
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:
- Diving your car up into an upper half and lower half.
- Always wash the top portion of your car first; let gravity work in your favor!
- A high-pressure hose is ideal for the tough grime on your wheels and tires; the traditional sponge and soap method doesn’t always do the trick.
- After washing, do a thorough rinse of all washed areas. This helps eliminate streaking and spotting.
- Get two buckets for washing – one for dirty water and one for clean water.
- Clean all windows and mirrors with a high-quality, non-streak glass cleaner.
- You can never have too many microfiber towels. This type of towel is soft enough (and absorbent enough) to help dry your car and also protect the paint.
- Remember to dry those “hidden” areas of your car’s exterior. This includes places like the underside of your spoiler or splitter, all door seals, alloy wheels and more.