Whether you take your car to a car wash or bust out the hose and bucket in your driveway, you must be aware that it is possible to over-wash your car. We’ve covered how often you should be washing, but there are warning signs you can look for that will tell you to dial back on the washes. Take a look…
Your wax doesn’t last
One of the most common reasons for premature wax degradation is over-washing. A carnauba wax won’t hold up through a number of car washes because it simply sits on the surface, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve perfection. Part of this has to do with what products you’re using—a pH balanced car wash soap will lessen the burden and a polymer-based paint sealant will stay resilient through many more washes that a typical carnauba will.
Ever washed your car and noticed tiny scratches that make your car’s finish look like it’s been covered in spider webs? These are microscopic hairline scratches commonly referred to as spiderwebbing and are often caused by over-washing an unprotected surface. To avoid the kind that happen during a car wash, always be sure to use enough water during your car wash and never leave the surface unprotected.
A dull finish
Like most things, the more you touch and treat your car’s surfaces, the more worn down they become. Fortunately, that’s what proper car care is all about—beating this phenomenon and keeping your car looking great. If you’re washing one too many times per week, you might notice your paint’s luster is depleting overtime. Sure, it’s clean, but where’d that pop go? Use a paint cleanser, glaze, or polishing treatment and you’ll notice a big difference next time you’re cruising down the street.
When all is said and done, you should really only by washing your car a few times a month, and that’s on the high end. A lot of people out there wash weekly, and that’s great, but if you aren’t protecting and treating your exterior surfaces, too, then you’re digging yourself a massive hole. There absolutely is such thing as over-cleaning, and staying on top of your process and procedure will help you avoid that.
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