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Ohkay Travel Center
(505) 753-5452
Espanola, NM
 
F And A Zip Car Wash And Self Storage
(505) 753-9274
626 La Joya Street
Espanola, NM
 
Santa Fe Mobile Detailing And Pressure Washing
(505) 471-8372
7034 Valentine Loop
Santa Fe, NM
 
Primitivo Ortega
(505) 393-3232
711 W Marland St
Hobbs, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Firestone Tire & Service Centers
(505) 243-3701
701 Central Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Big O Tires
(505) 753-9485
716 N Riverside Dr
Espanola, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Detail Masters
(505) 747-2646
726 N Riverside Dr
Espanola, NM
 
Big O Tires
(505) 426-1506
1820 7th St
Las Vegas, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Purcell Tire Company
(505) 884-1957
4001 Bogan Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Fosters Mobile Detailing
(505) 330-7837
Farmington, NM
 

Washing Your Car the Right Way

By Bill Siuru, PhD, PE   

Washing a dirty car.

Washing your car or truck is a weekend ritual for many of us. But are you doing it correctly for maximum protection of your sizeable investment? Here are some suggestions that help you do a better job of cleaning while providing maximum protection to the finish.

If you want to preserve the finish for a long time, avoid car washes. Even the brushless ones probably use soaps that can breakdown the wax protection and often they recycle the waste water. However, a car wash is better than months sitting under a coat of dirt and grim. A big benefit of hand washing is that you can closely inspect the body for scratches and dings before they rusting starts.

Use a large bucket filled with warm, not hot water. Rinse the bucket thoroughly after each use. Don't use household soap or dish washing detergents. A tablespoon of very mild tallow soap will do the trick without dulling the finish. However, store-bought car wash soaps are better than than a steady diet of car washes.

Add a teaspoon of salad oil the wash water. It will react with the soap, dispersing thousands of tiny particles that cling to the grit and dirt so that it glides of the surface without scratching. It also increases sudsing action when combined with the mild soap.

Terry cloth towels are great for both washing and drying. Hand towels are the right size for washing and bath size are great for drying. These towels should be "dedicated" for car washing and washed after each use. Wash in hot water using a small amount of mild, non-phosphate based laundry detergent. Machine dry without fabric softeners. Drying outside increases the chance of the towels picking up dirt and pollutants that can harm the surfaces.

When drying, use one towel to gently push the water off the car and another to dry immediately before water spots form. Before you cover or put the car away, open all doors, plus hood and trunk lid so door jams and seals have a chance to dry out. Check the drain holes to make sure they are not plugged.

A very dirty car.

Next you are ready to do the wheels. Do not wash the wheels right after the car has been run and the brakes are hot. The sudden temperature change can damage the wheels and disc brake rotors. Brake dust is the main culprit in making wheels dirty. The adhesive used to mold brake pads can etch and pit the wheels if left in contact with the wheels when they are hot. This includes not only aluminum and steel "mag" type wheels, but also painted and chrome wheels.

Use a mild, non-corrosive, non-acidic, non-alkaline wheel cleaner that will break the bond between the brake pad dust and the wheel material. Keep away from cleaners that warn about being caustic to your skin since they are likewise harmful to your car's "skin." Add as teaspoon of salad oil for same reason a when washing the car body. For best results apply the wheel cleaner to dry wheels with a soft brush and then rinse with cool water.

Towel the wheels dry ...

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