Stop Believing These 5 Car Detailing Myths

Stop Believing These 5 Car Detailing Myths

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While the internet has made it easy for us to access information, you can’t always trust what you read online because it can lead to more harm than good.

When it comes to car detailing and washing, we have come across so much information that is either outdated or misleading. As experts on the topic, we are debunking the five most common myths to save car owners from potentially damaging their car’s paint.

Myth 1: You Can Wash Your Car With Dish Detergent

Dish detergent is commonly found in homes and if you don’t have car wash soap on hand, why not use it to wash your car? While it will effectively remove dirt and grime, you should refrain from using it since it also removes waxes, silicone, and polymers. These are components that protect the car’s paint from basic wear and tear while you are on the road.

Unlike dish detergent, car shampoo or soap is specifically formulated to clean and protect your car’s paint.

Myth 2: A Shiny Car Does Not Need Cleaning

A shiny car doesn’t necessarily mean a clean car. Some contaminants attach to the car’s body and are not easily detected by the naked eye. The only way to detect them is to do a finger test. Run your fingertips on the surface of your car. Does it feel rough and bumpy? If so, it needs to be cleaned.

The car cleaning process, which includes detailing clay and pre-wax polishing, removes any oxidation and bonded contaminants. The car’s paint feels as smooth as silk after this car detailing service.

Myth 3: Swirl Marks Can Be Eliminated With Waxing

Every car owner wishes that removing swirl marks was this easy. But unfortunately, this isn’t a simple matter.

Swirl marks directly result from scratches and is deeper than your car’s paint surface, which means wax applied to the surface will do nothing for swirl marks. You can only get rid of them is to polish them away, but it is nearly impossible to effectively do so by hand; you need a car polisher formulated to treat swirl marks.

Once your vehicle is polished, wax is applied to protect it.

Myth 4: Diapers and T-Shirts Make Great Cleaning Cloths

Stay clear from using a diaper or an old t-shirt as a cleaning cloth. The fabric may be soft and seem like it will do the job nicely, but using either option can lead to scratches and swirls on your car’s paint because they are stitched using polyester thread.

The thread is rough against the car’s paint leading to scratches. Instead, use microfiber towels designed to clean the car without leaving any marks on it.

Myth 5: It’s Okay to Let Your Car Air Dry

Letting your car air dry is risky and can potentially damage the car’s paint because water contains minerals. As you leave it to dry, the minerals attach to the paint’s surface, initially leaving watermarks. When you proceed to remove the marks, the minerals can scratch the paint.

Instead of air-drying, use a dry microfiber towel to wipe it down. A second option would be to blow the water away using an air dryer.

Service Ends Next Month!

Car detailing and washing is a delicate process that requires knowledge and expertise. Your car’s paint is more sensitive than you think. Using the wrong products during the process can damage it.With fall and winter around the corner, there is no better time than now to opt for car detailing services from a professional to make your car as good as new. Contact Clear Water Detailing in Toronto at 416-827-5424 or inquire online. We not only thoroughly clean your vehicle but also protect it from the changing seasons and environment.

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