How to wash your paint properly | Autoblog Details

Almost every car on the road has some type of swirls or fine scratches in the paint. These are marks introduced to paint as owners wipe, wash, and dry their clear coat improperly, on a regular basis. So how do you wash your car paint properly to avoid these marks? find out today on this episode of Autoblog Details. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.
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[00:00:00] You might think you know how to wash your car. Washing your paint properly will help minimize scratching, marring and what I call love-marks.These are common and will require you to regularly polish your paint to repair them, but we can avoid all this by just a few simple steps coming up today on this episode of Details. My name is Larry Kosilla, and I'm a professional detailer.Together with Autoblog, we're creating the ultimate collection of quick car care videos.

[00:00:30] This is Autoblog Details. Here are the items you'll need for this task.Setting up your buckets, tools and wash mitts before the wash is essential, because the most common mistake is to first rinse the paint, and let standing water sit as you gather your products and fill the buckets, the standing water will have extra time to dry and could
lead to damaging water spots.

[00:01:00] First, you'll need to five gallon buckets each with a grit guard on the bottom.
Grit guards allow the dirt to remain on the bottom of the bucket as you dump and rinse your wash mitt repeatedly. Add three squirts of paint soap to your bucket, one on the bottom, one on the inside of the mitt, one on the outside of the mitt. Then fill the bucket 3/4 full with water. Fill the second bucket 3/4 full with water as this will be your rinse bucket. Once the buckets are ready to go, now you can rise the paint focusing on the lower 1/3 of the vehicle

[00:01:30] as it will have the highest concentration of dirt. Power washers can be helpful here, but a standard hose will work as well. Immediately after the heavy pre-rinse, work the wash mitt from top to bottom in straight lines. Dunk the mitt after five or six swipes depending on the area of the car your washing and the level of dirt present. Adjust your dunking frequency accordingly. Be sure to run your hands through the wash mitt when you dunk it in the clean water to knock off the dirt before dunking it in the soap again. Please note that if the bottom rocker panel

[00:02:00] is extremely dirty, it's sometimes best to use a different or designated wash mitt for that specific area to avoid contaminating a new or clean wash mitt with excess grit. Once the wash is completed, thoroughly rinse the paint again from top to bottom. Also take note that depending on the wash environment, washing then, rinsing one or two panels at a time might be necessary in order to avoid soap drying stains. Likewise, washing in the shade, early morning or late afternoon is best to minimize this potential concern. Finally, remove the standing water

[00:02:30] with a damp microfiber towel and drying agent. Do not use water-blades, shammies or beach towels. These tools don't pick up any left over remaining dirt missed during the wash process and subsequently grind the particles into the paint causing fine scratching. For more information and step on drying your paint properly, watch our how to video on this subject at Although washing your paint seems pretty straight forward,

[00:03:00] they're many common mistakes that can be easily avoided, making your car look a whole lot better, and remember, be sure to watch the how to dry your paint properly video on I'm Larry Kosilla from, reminding you a few simple steps now, will save you a ton of work later. See you guys next time. [00:03:15]

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