There are few things as frustrating as stubborn dirt and grime on your car.
Common contaminants such as road salt, brake dust, tar, bird droppings, and other factors can cause damage to your paint job, so it is best to remove them as soon as possible.
But how do you remove this dirt without using harsh methods that can end up doing more harm than good?
Read on to find out.
How to Actual Clean Stubborn Dirt and Grime Off Your Car
Get a Quality Shampoo
Find a good car shampoo that works for you and your car. Wash the exterior of your car according to the instructions on the shampoo. Make sure that you do this in a shaded area, and preferably on a day that has mild weather. Using a microfibre or cheesecloth, dry off the vehicle.
Get a Quality Clay Bar
Find a good quality Clay Bar. Before you use it though, you should know where you will need to use it. Place a freezer bag over your hand and run your hand over your car so that you can detect any particles that have become embedded in the paint, and you should also be able to detect any areas where the paint feels rough and damaged from dirt.
When you are ready to use the clay bar, cut the clay into manageable pieces that you can easily handle (you want to avoid dropping or ruining the entire bar by accident, right?).
Apply the lubricant on the stubborn dirt. Ensure that the sections are no larger than 2 feet. Then, place the clay in the palm of your hand and, using a back and forth motion, slide it across the area. Repeat this until you see that the dirt is removed. If you need to, you can repeat this on the rest of the exterior- remember to use the lubrication first, before applying the clay.
If you notice that the clay has stopped lifting the dirt, then it is time to flip the clay over and use the other side. Once both sides have been filled with dirt particles, you can then fold the clay and knead it so that you once again have an uncontaminated surface to work with. Once you are certain there is no fresh surface to work with, use a new piece of clay.
When you have finished and are satisfied that the car is clean, rinse off the lubricant and use the microfiber cloth to dry it off.
There are different factors that can affect your car’s exterior, and these factors can vary depending on the area you are living in. Whether your car is subject to natural factors such as bird droppings and sand or dust (in areas where the Sahara blows in, vehicles can become covered by a thick layer of sand traveling across continents), it is important that you take care of your vehicle. Avoid harsh chemical products that can ruin your car’s paint and invest instead in automotive detailing clay.