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How to clean a truck properly? Want your truck always looking brand new? Well it starts with a proper wash and choosing the right products for the job. When not washed right it translates in harming and dulling the finish by creating thousands of fine, micro-scratches and swirls on the surface that have a negative impact on the overall appearance. Pickup trucks can get dirty fast, it works hard for us day in and day out so its a good idea to protect your investment. Trucks never let us done. So a proper wash/detailing is just as important as regular maintenance, witch is often overlooked. It is key in keeping it clean and rust free. Here are some great tips and proper way to clean your investment. It will aid in restoring the appearance, decontamination, removing swirls and protection.
Lets start off with what we need;
WASH & SHINE is a pH-neutral soap formulated with Carnauba wax, which leaves a film of wax after the wash. This product dissolves instantly in hot or cold water. It contains no aggressive surfactant, but it removes contaminants and dirt from the road without difficulty. Choosing and knowing the difference between a regular and a High quality car wash shampoo will make all the difference. What your’re looking for is a formula that cleans without stripping wax protection. Stay away from using dish washing soap it will wreak automotive finishes, strip away wax’s, rustproofing and dry out all your rubbers and plastics. A regular car shampoo is better than dishwasher soap but lacks most of great the properties of a High quality car wash soap offers.The difference is in the ability to produce a rich lubricious foam, balanced pH formula , and the ability to enhance gloss by waxing and cleaning .
FALL OUT is a product that removes rust stains caused by the small steel particles suspended in the air and brake dust. It decontaminates the entire vehicle. This product fights oxidative action of acid rain on the hoods covered with particles and is safe for windows and moldings.
2 x BUCKETS
Will need 2 buckets . 1 bucket only clean water and bucket number 2 soap and water.
Will need a mitt made of high quality materials with a smooth texture that will not harm or scratch the surface.
This a great drying blade Its made of high quality silicone witch is soft and will not scratch even the most delicate of finishes. It allows for faster drying of the vehicle. Helps in eliminating water stains.
Microfiber towels are made of the finest material you can use to detail your vehicle that is safe for the most delicate of finishes. This prevent creating swirls and scratches to the surface of the paint.
HI PERFORMANCE clear coat wheel cleaner acts quickly and is excellent for any type of wheel. It removes the film of dust on disc brakes. This product is safe for aluminum, paint, brake pads and it does not damage the protective coating on alloy wheels. This stuff does miracles!
Rim Brush. These soft fibres are effective in removing road dust on the rims and wheels.
Now that we have everything we need, we can finally start washing our trucks. Before we start its a good idea to get the truck out of direct sunlight and make sure its cool to the touch. This will insure we do not have premature drying of our product and we wont create water stains. Make sure to have everything in front of you.
Just follow this simple steps :
FIRST:STEP Start by adding water in the buckets.One bucket is just for rinsing so only add water and the second bucket will be for the soap (WASH AND SHINE) and water.
SECOND:STEP Use plenty of water to hose off the car to loosen and soften any dirt . Try not to use a pressure washer unless its set at proper psi cause it can damage the surface and even chip off paint. A good quality garden hose with a good flowing tip will do . ‘ALLWAYS’ Start from the top and work your way down.
THIRD:STEP Its a good idea start with the rims and wheel wells. Its the dirtiest part of any vehicle. This will prevent those harsh particles to end up back on the surface of the paint. Spray on CLEAR COATED WHEEL CLEANER let sit for a few minutes. Take the rim brush and brush off the brake dust , grease and tar.This will be a good time to brush and clean all the inner fender wheel wells as well. Rinse thoroughly and we are ready to for the next step.
FOURTH:STEP Rinse the whole truck again and make sure to always keep it wet throughout the entire wash process to prevent water stains and from the soap drying out. Its a good idea to do panel by panel. Don’t forget to rinse the mitt after every panel in the second bucket. Always start from the top down. Start washing the top with very foamy soap, this will prevent the surface from scratching. Then rinse. Repeat this process for every panel until the entire truck is done.
FIFTH:STEP Apply FALL OUT cleaning gel “its a product that removes rust stains caused by the small steel particles suspended in the air, brake dust and tar. After doing the usual foam wash, pass a light pass with the wash mitt ,while still wet spray the fallout and rinse. Pass the soapy mitt for the last time and rinse. Its safe for plastic also. You won’t believe how smooth your paint will be after this step!
SIXTH:STEP Its time to dry. Again, start from the top. Use the Dry Blade witch is soft and will not scratch even the most delicate finishes.It allows for faster drying and will eliminate water spots. Dry remaining areas missed from the blade with a new microfiber cloth. That it, its done! This step by step process will help in prolonging the paint and keeping your Truck looking newer longer.After all this its the perfect time to start waxing to give it some extra protection. You can see HOW TO WAX A TRUCK PROPERLY for this.