The Proper Way to Wash Your FIAT

February 14th, 2016 by

When the Florida sunshine hits your FIAT, what do you see? Is it a flawlessly clean machine that shines enough to make your neighbors stop and stare, or do you notice that your ride could use a little soapy TLC? Before you bust out the bucket and sponge, read this guide on how to properly wash your car.

Step One: Pick Your Place

You might reason that washing your car is the perfect opportunity to also work on your tan, but washing your car in direct sunlight can damage its finish. Find a shady spot or wait until the weather is overcast.

Step Two: Gather Your Materials

Detailed Image recommends that you use the following materials to make sure your car gets a thorough wash that doesn’t damage its finish:

  • Two or three buckets
  • A few Grit Guards
  • A handful of microfiber towels for washing, drying, and buffing — regular kitchen towels are abrasive, so be sure to use microfiber!
  • A sheepskin wash mitt
  • Small brushes for detailing hard-to-reach places
  • Spray wax
  • An all-purpose spray cleaner to help you tackle tough sources of grime, like bird droppings and bug guts

Step Three: Start With the Wheels

The wheels of your car are magnets for dirt, sand, and other abrasive materials. Wash these first, so if dirt goes flying, it won’t contaminate any area of the car you’ve already washed. Also, because there is so much icky stuff on the wheels, use a separate wash bucket and brush or mitt for your wheels. This will prevent all the grime on the wheels from scratching your baby’s paint job.

If you want to be extra thorough, use a detailing brush to clean the wheels’ inner barrels and other tight places.

Step Four: Rinse the Car

Wash with a sheepskin mitt. Start at the top and work your way down. Rinse the mitt often in a bucket of clean water, and be sure to use a Grit Guard in your soapy bucket to get rid of as many fine particles as possible.

Step Five: Wash Carefully

Wash with a sheepskin mitt. Start at the top and work your way down. Rinse the mitt often in a bucket of clean water, and be sure to use a Grit Guard in your soapy bucket to get rid of as many fine particles as possible.

As you work your way down your vehicle, rinse often. If the weather is hot, it can quickly dry soap on your car, leaving an unsightly, caked-on film. After you finish washing, give the car one more rinse with the hose.

Step Six: Dry Your Vehicle and Add Some Shine

You can dry your car using a microfiber cloth or paint-safe squeegee. Then use a spray wax for extra shine.

Whether you just drove your car off the FIAT dealership’s lot or you’ve had your baby for a couple of years, you want to keep it looking great. Use the proper washing technique, and it will keep shining for a long time.

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