Platinum Washing Top Tips
If you drive your car every day, the rule of thumb is that one wash a week should be enough to keep on top of road grime and other contaminants, and keep your car looking pristine. Some people may choose to wash their car more frequently, if this is you, remember the more you wash a car, the quicker you may introduce micro-scratching and paintwork defects.
Using Gtechniq aftercare products when washing your car once a week, will significantly reduce the chance of surface defects. All of our products have been designed to complement our coatings and will help keep your car looking newer for longer.
Before you begin, please note, try to wash your car in the shade, this will prevent soap suds from drying prematurely before you have a chance to rinse them off. When this is not possible and you are washing your car in the heat, soap suds should be rinsed panel by panel. Ideally any rinsing should be done with an open-ended hose, this allows the water to sheet, making drying an easier task.
Fill one bucket of water with Gwash, and another with fresh water (use grit guards in the bottom if you have them), dunk the wash mitt into the suds wash a wheel and then rinse it in the clean water, before dipping it into the soapy bucket again.
Throughout the wash process, make sure you use plenty of soap suds on your mitt and rinse it thoroughly. Keep an eye on the water becoming too dirty, and replace both buckets as and when necessary.
Once you have finished cleaning the wheels DO NOT use the same WM2 Microfibre Wash Mitt or the same buckets of water to wash your car’s paintwork. Instead, use a new wash mitt and two fresh buckets of water (one with Gwash in), as brake dust is highly abrasive, and should be kept away from paintwork at all costs.
Always begin washing the paintwork on the upper surfaces (roof, bonnet and boot), and work your way down.
Again fill one bucket of water with Gwash, and another with fresh water (use grit guards in the bottom if you have them), dunk the wash mitt into the shampoo, wash a panel then rinse it in the clean water.
Even though all steps are being taken to reduce marring and swirl marks, it is also important you try to follow the lines of the car, using a back and forth, or side to side motion. Circular motions when washing will pronounce any swirl marks. Rinse your car well all over with fresh water to remove all soap residues.
Dry all of the exterior surfaces of your car with an MF2 Microfibre Drying Towel or MF4 Diamond Sandwich Microfibre Drying Towel, never use a real leather chamois for drying as they are too harsh for modern paints and can scratch the surface. Because of the coating on your car, drying the surface will require much less effort. Do not scrub or use any force when drying. Simply lay the drying cloth across the surface and pull it towards you. Do not leave your car to dry naturally as this will leave water spots, which may cause damage to the surface if not removed.
For a streak and spot-free finish use Gtechniq Quick Detailer with a MF1 ZeroR MicroFibre Buff Cloth.