Washing your car in the winter can be a tricky task. The cold weather and salt on the roads can damage your car’s paint job if you don’t take proper precautions. Here are some tips to help you keep your car looking great during the winter months.
- Pick a mild day above freezing and low wind.
- Pre-Rinse or use a pressure washer to blast off the surface grime.
- Obviously you'll want to use a Grit Guard when washing your car. ;) It's also important to use two buckets of warm water, one for soap and one for rinsing. This will prevent dirt and salt from getting into the wash water, which could scratch or damage your paint job.
- Focus on wheels, tires, suspension components, and underneath the vehicle first as these will be the dirtiest and when using a brush can fling contaminates back onto your paint. You may also want a separate bucket with a Washboard just for these extra dirty brushes. If you don't have a third bucket we recommend changing the rinse water after you've completed washing the wheels and tires.
- After washing, dry your car to avoid water spots using a blower and microfiber towels. We find a small hand-held leaf blower works well.
- Additionally, it's important to use a high-quality protective coating in order to protect against salt damage. Options include traditional waxes to newer spray-on ceramic coatings.
Following these tips will help keep your car looking great during the winter months and ensure that it stays protected against salt damage.