After you have cleaned the engine bay, as described on the engine
page, then move on to the wheels. If you have alloy wheels you can use some
alloy wheel cleaner, but be very careful, most alloy wheel
cleaners are acid and I can tell you from experience that it stings like hell if
you get some in your eye. Spray the alloy wheel cleaner onto the wheel and work
into difficult areas with a brush (paint brushes work quite well for this job).
Don't leave it on the wheel too long as it will mark the alloy. If you have
spoked alloys you can use an old tooth brush to get into awkward areas. Then
wash off the wheel, this will remove any caked on brake dust. If you have normal
steel rims than there's nothing for it but to use hard graft and wash off the
wheels with the wash and wax solution.
If the car has tar over the body work then soak the
areas with the tar remover solution. The tar comes off easier if you allow the
solution to soak in for a while. The areas can then be rubbed over with a cloth.
Then you can start to soap down the cars body. If the front of the car is
covered in dead insects then use one of the bug removers that are available.
Finally spray off the car with your jet wash and dry off the car using the
When the car is dry you can apply the polishes to
the exterior. I always start off with the windows first. You can get two types
of window polish, liquid spray and a normal polish. If you can get hold of the
liquid polish I find it better as it doesn't leave a chalky residue when you
remove it. Polish the windows both internal and externally and then move onto
Body polish is a matter of choice, find one you
like and then stick with it. Apply the polish to the car with a clockwise
circular movement, leave to dry, then remove with a counter clockwise movement.
Yes karate kid was right !
With the body done you can move onto the bumpers
and other vinyl trim. Use plastic bumper conditioner on these and it will bring
back the original colour (although only for a while, you'll have to keep
re-cleaning it). Then you can do the tyres with the tyre dressing. You can
either spray this over the tyre, or use a paint brush and paint it on. There is
tyre black paint available to re-paint your tyres but I wouldn't recommend using
this as if not done properly it can spoil a car. Then that's it, the outside of
your car is finished.
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