Your luxury car is your baby. So the last thing you want is to have it get dinged or scratched - or worse - at the car wash.
Some people are so fearful of letting anyone touch their luxury car they prefer to wash it themselves. Of course, washing a luxury car should be done with great care — especially when its an exotic or ultra-luxury vehicle you plan on owning forever.
When washing a luxury vehicle, you should go the extra length to ensure you’re doing things properly.
Here are some quick tips that will have you washing your luxury car like a pro.
Inspect its condition. Taking a good look at your car’s exterior. That will allow you to see any areas that need extra care or a lighter touch due to the delicate nature of some features and finishes.
Consider location. Be sure to wash your luxury car in an area that’s not in direct sunlight or too much heat – and plan on washing your car at a time of day that works in terms of good weather.
Have the right cleaning supplies. Instead of soap use solutions that are designed to protect your car’s paint. Use a natural sponge or wool mitt to wash. (See more supplies below).
Wash it right. Lather up your car with soap and a clean the sponge using fresh water as you wash the body of your car – including windows, tires and wheels.
Dry it right. Don’t air dry your car. That can leave marks. Instead, use chamois or terry towel to hand dry the surface of your vehicle. Once you've finished drying, be sure to clean the windows again with an ammonia-free solution. You can also zero in on the wheels and tires with an acid-free cleaning solution.
Additionally, these are some of the materials you may want to consider to wash your luxury car:
- Two buckets for washing and rinsing.
- A lambswool wash mitt, a chenille, or a microfiber cloth.
- An acid-free cleaning solution for your tires.
- A special wheel cleaner.
- A special brush for getting into every nook and cranny of your wheels.
- An ammonia-free solution for your windows.
- A car wash soap created for use on luxury cars or even specifically for your car.
- A clay bar lubricated with a quick-detailer, gently buff away tree sap and other embedded contaminants attached to your car’s surface in overlapping sections.
If you are going to finish it off with a polish please keep in mind that dual-action polishers work best. The abrading agents in the polish will give your car a sleek, glossy look. Polishes, in fact, come in varying abrasions or grades. In order to wax or seal your car consider either carnauba and polymer - the two most common types of car wax. Polymer wax costs a bit more than carnauba, however, it does not haze or need to set for long periods.
So now that you have learned about washing your luxury car you might be asking how often you need to do this. That's not an easy question to answer because it really depends on how often you drive and how dirty your vehicle gets. Of course, you can always just opt for a luxury car detailing by contacting the dealer who sold you the car (or another reputable dealer). These are the people who love luxury cars as much as you do so why not trust the experts?