You can wash it with vinegar if you like, but I wouldn't. Or with dish
Dish detergent is too harsh. You should use gentler detergents like the
various car wash stuff at Wal-Mart or Pep Boys. In a pinch, you can use
hair shampoo, the clear transparent kind, as it's less harsh than
Not waxing, and letting the finish rot. After a year or two of ownership,
it's a popular option.
You've got more minerals in your water, and/or the carwash treats their
water with some sort of anti-spotting stuff.
Not really . . .
Too much abrasive action on the finish, IMHO. Of course, a big element in
that is in the sort of pad you're using and how dirty you let it get.
The best car waxing stuff I've found is Meguillar's . . . they had a good
write-up in some consumer's magazine, supposedly lasted the longest. If I
was going to wash and wax my 36 mpg 5-speed Chevy S10 4-banger truck, that's
what I'd use. Nowadays, though, I content myself with the drive-thru car
wash around the corner.
I use dishwashing liquid to wash my car--great finish even after 21
years of washing. Waxing the car is inexpensive but it takes at least
an hour to do a good job. After rinsing I use a "hydro-wipe"
followed up by an old cotton terry towel--no spots, no streaks.
I clean (and wax) door edges, under the hood, air cleaner lid, etc.
I have an electric random-orbit polisher, but I use it on kitchen
counter tops and sinks. I hand polish the car. A polisher can't get
into nooks and crannies.
How much is your time worth? I don't know where you live, but in
most major cities, you can get a decent car wash and wax for a few
dollars and about ten minutes of your time. I don't see the point in
washing a car by hand.
If it works for you, fine. I'm sure you have a far better idea of
what your time is worth to you than I would of the value of your time.
I'm willing to pay the price to have someone do a competent job for
Washing by hand has a few advantages. First, the result is a much
cleaner car. Second, hand cleaning/waxing is coupled with inspection
(leaks, fluid levels, tire check, chips, loose parts, etc.) Third,
the underside and hood of the vehicle is cleaned. My car's paint job
is 21 years old, looks good, and I have always washed my car by hand.
I take a lot of pride doing any auto work myself, including washing
NOO, do not use diswash soap unless you are going to wax the car right
after it. Dishwash soap will strip all wax off the paint.
Get some liquid carwax, one of thebest out there is klasse all in one.
It's a cleaner and wax in one, and it lasts up to 6 months. It's a
synthetic wax. Carnauba waxes are good, but last much shorter than
Careful with electric polishers. You can do a lot of damage if you
don't know what you are doing. Go to Autopia (google search) and read
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