Important Tips and Helpful Hints on Vehicle Washing

How often should I have my vehicle washed?
The general rule-of-thumb is to wash your car every two weeks, with a slight variation depending on several factors. You should consider the following factors: Location + Driving Habits + How often your vehicle is waxed.
When should I wash off insect residue?
Removing insect residue from vehicles as soon as possible should be a priority for vehicle owners because the acidic nature of many bug carcasses can harm clear coat and paint quickly and cause irreversible damage.

This is especially true in warmer environments. Warmer vehicle surfaces will evaporate most of the liquid bug contents and further concentrate the acidic remnants, increasing their destructive power.

What kind of car wash should I choose?
The best possible wash for your vehicle’s finish is a handwash. It’s the least abrasive wash you can perform without sacrificing thoroughness. Though as with anything in life, sometimes the best possible isn’t an option. So, what’s second best (and third, fourth, fifth and sixth)? Rankings are listed below:

  1. Handwash
  2. Touchless wash (if using gentle soap)
  3. Rinseless wash
  4. Waterless wash
  5. Brushless wash
  6. Automatic wash

Is a touchless car wash the safest?
The answer is NO. A “touchless” automatic wash cleans your vehicle without use of bristles or brushes. Instead, the entire wash is conducted with chemical cleaners, pressure washers and pressurized air. Sounds like it solves all the problems of other automatic washes, right? Well, not quite. For one, you’ve still got harsh chemicals to deal with. So unless you want to dry out your paint or risk stripping your wax/coating, make sure you know ahead of time what kind of chemicals they’re using.