In a recent post, we covered paint swirls – what they are and how they got there (click here to read that post if you missed it!). So, if you have now seen swirls in your paint, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of them. Saying “sayonara” to those swirls may involve some level of paint correction. First things first, though. Let’s start by washing your car.
But my car is already clean.
Maybe. Then again, maybe not. Unless you wash your car very frequently, there is a good chance that, in addition to normal road grime, there are other contaminants on the surface that may not be visible to the naked eye. You can feel them though. A trick I learned many years ago is to put a sandwich bag over your fingers and gently glide your fingers across the paint. That little layer of plastic will amplify your sense of touch and you will be able to feel if there are any bonded contaminants on the surface.
Wait, what are those?
Think dirt but stickier. Bonded contaminants are airborne particles that have landed on the surfaces of your vehicle and have been baked into the surface by the heat of your engine or heat from the sun or any other source of heat. Some contaminants that may be embedded in your car’s paint include things like paint overspray, tree sap, road tar, brake dust…the list goes on. No matter what they are, you are going to want to make sure these contaminants are removed. Otherwise, the process of removing swirls could end up pushing contaminants further into your paint and cause more harm than good.
Okay, so what now?
The first step prior to getting rid of those paint swirls is a good, thorough wash that removes the top layer of dirt and grime from your vehicle’s paint. While there are a few different ways to accomplish this, my preferred method is an environmentally friendly procedure called rinseless washing. This technique allows you to wash your car using a process that requires no rinsing afterward. Not only does this cut down on time and uses less water, but it also means less product so not as many chemicals going down the drain. Plus, because there’s no rinsing of the vehicle, there is usually less water that needs to be dried off at the end.
Sounds good so far. What’s the process?
Having washed and detailed thousands of cars over the year, I was able to come up with a pretty efficient process of washing any size vehicle. While I’m not going to give away all my secrets here, the following steps will hopefully give you some insight into the process we use at Taurus.
- Pre-rinse. For extremely dirty cars, we start with a pre-rinse to dislodge any loose dirt from the surface.
- Prep supplies. we then place a grit guard in a 5-gallon bucket before filling the bucket with water and a rinseless wash solution.
- Pre-spray. From there, we pre-spray the vehicle with the rinseless wash solution.
- Sponge. Next, we use a sponge designed specifically for applying the solution in our bucket to the car’s surface. This ensures there is plenty of solution on the surface and also removes dirt left behind after the initial rinse.
- Dry. We use a two-towel method to safely drive the surface: one towel that is damp with the wash solution and a second towel that is dry. This combination allows us to remove any remaining dirt from the surface while also drying off the vehicle to prevent any water spots.
After the vehicle is completely washed and dried, it’s time to move on to the next step in the decontamination process. Clay!
You might be thinking to your self, “What does he mean, clay? Do you rub clay on it to clean it? Do you remove clay from the car? Do you get help from Andrew Dice Clay himself? Comment what you think it means and follow us on Facebook for special deals and updates when new guides come out!