Top 10 Car Cleaning Mistakes

Videos | July 11th, 2014 by 7
Photo: www.colourworks.co.za/2011/04/ryans-car-wash-loves-green-point/

With summer finally here in most parts of the world, we wanted to share with you some tips on how to clean your car. On …

With summer finally here in most parts of the world, we wanted to share with you some tips on how to clean your car.

On Youtube, a user named ChrisFix shares with everyone the top 10 mistakes he sees when people make while cleaning their car. As you watch this you will realize one of the main things you want to do when cleaning your car is prevent scratches.

Great basic tips and a good starter for most people that have the time and desire to properly clean their cars.

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  • CDspeed

    Not bad, but a 100% cotton towel is also acceptable to dry your car, and a hell of a lot bigger then those little microfiber things, just make sure it’s 100% cotton.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      I always used microfiber, for some reason everyone recommends that. At one point I had over 30 towels :) Gave up on that and now I just take my 1M to a good car cleaner. It’s expensive, about $25/for exterior only but no swirls marks.

      • CDspeed

        I use one big bath towl, its big enough that I can keep using different areas of it. They cost a bit more but they make it easier to do the car because I don’t have to grab a new one. I also bought a Dyson vacuum just for my cars, and I use a duster in my car, I have managed to keep up the new car smell with a few other tricks. I actually volunteered in a car museum for a while keeping the collection clean, and detailed. There is a beautiful M1 there, it’s white with BMW M racing stripes.

  • Tom

    Costco sells bundles of microfiber towels for good price.

  • jason bourne

    Using a lubricant to clean the bird poop is fine, but the guy wiped over a larger area than what he sprayed, probably scratching the paint.

    Also, you should let the lubricant soak in until it dissolves/loosens the bird poop and only dab at the spot to pick the poop up rather than spreading it all over the place.

  • kirbservc

    Those who choose to use bath towels on the paint to dry it actually add micro scratches to the paint. With more than 10 years of detailing experience, I speak with some credibility – across a great cross section of cars, paint finishes, and tried and true methods. My preference is a synthetic chamois for drying. I wet two of them, wring them out, and then dry the car. Why two? I have two hands and I can do twice the work with two. They are old and soft and impart no micro scratching that builds up and makes the finish less deep looking. If you insist on using towels, take a tip from your local car wash: notice that if they use towels, they are run through the rinse cycle and NOT DRIED, but used damp against your car’s finish: lubrication is key. Hope it helps.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Great advice, thank you!

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