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How To Wash Your Car . . . It's Complicated

So do you really need a detailer to wash your car for you? After 2 decades of washing and taking care of my own vehicles to then start my own mobile auto detailing business here in Wake Forest, NC, I've found that some people LOVE washing their own vehicle, or they just think it's so simple that they couldn't possibly pay someone else to do it!





As someone who loves to do things myself . . . I totally understand the heart cry! Washing your car can be therapeutic and fulfilling, but as a detailer . . . I constantly hear customers underestimate what it takes to tend to their vehicle properly.


If you are a DIY'er, I want to give you a few tips that will maximize your car washing abilities here in this short post!

  1. First, use real car shampoo! Dawn dis soap had its day, but there are too many great options DESIGNED for car paint available today to cut corners here! The sun here in Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC does not play around in the summer time, and if you're going to have soap dry to the paint . . . You want it to be CAR SHAMPOO!

  2. Secondly, rinse your wash mitt off in between panels! When you are washing a dirty car, collecting that dirt in your mitt, and dunking it back in to your buckets, you are not rinsing enough dirt off your mitt to SAFELY wash without scratching. Just use a second bucket to rinse the mitt and you will thank me later!

  3. After washing, be sure to use a drying towel so that you don't end up with water spots.

  4. After the car is clean, you want to be sure to protect the paint. There are many great options here for the do-it-yourselfers.

These two things alone will change your car washing life without a detailer! Sounds weird for a detailer to say right? Well. . . that's because I care about your paint just as much as you do! The truth is, to truly protect your car paint here in the Wake Forest and Raleigh for the long term, there is nothing better than a ceramic coating, but more on that in another blog! Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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