Washing Your Vehicle's Body
If you’ve cleaned your tires and wheels first, you’re ready to rinse your car gently from the top down. Do your best to keep the car wet as you wash so no spots form on the paint. Have one of your buckets filled with soapy water and one with clean water. As you wash your vehicle one section at a time (starting at the top and slowly working your way around), make sure your mitt or sponge stays soapy. Use the bucket of clean water to rinse out your mitt frequently so it doesn’t hold dirt that can cause tiny scratches in your paint. Make sure the water in your clean-water bucket stays clear.
Use a separate mitt for the wheel wells and lower edge of the body because of the excessive dirt and grime deposited there. This is the area where bug and tar remover may be necessary if soap alone doesn’t do the trick.
Once your vehicle is washed and rinsed thoroughly, it can be gently blotted dry using microfiber towels.
Tar & Bonded Contaminants
When you’re done washing your vehicle, you may notice “bumps” on its surface where tar, sap or other substances have bonded to your vehicle’s paint. Before you wax, use a clay bar (shaped into a disc) and spray detailer (for lubrication) to rub these bonded contaminants off the surface of your vehicle.