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Step 1: Exterior Cleaning

Purpose: To clean exterior so that you can clearly see the paint condition and any hidden damage; to produce a clean surface to buff, polish, and wax

Procedure Why do this Recommended Products Useful Equipment Tips
1) Wet body and fenders Prevents cleaning solutions from streaking body/fenders Express Car Wash diluted 1-to-1 in foamer jar (set foamer to 64-to-1) Foamer Gun; 5 gallon Bucket Paint surface should be cool to the touch
2) Clean the following areas using a pressure washer:
  • Engine Compartment
  • Door jambs
  • Behind the gas filler door
  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Fender wells
  • Bumpers
  • Lower body below moldings
  • All exterior surfaces
  • Spare tire - remove from trunk
Pressure washer is quicker; cleans better in hard to reach places, rinsing away dirt that could scratch painted surfaces when washing with mitt
  • Do not apply solvent or adhesive remover directly to a hot engine; never spray solvents
  • Clean underside of hood by hand, do not use pressure washer
  • Do not use pressure washer inside of trunk
3) Wash entire body   Express Car Wash diluted 1-to-1 in foamer jar (set foamer to 64-to-1) OR dilute 2 oz. to a 5 gallon bucket Use 2 buckets; one "clean" suds bucket for exterior cleaning; a second bucket for door, trunk, and underhood jambs, and fender wells and wheels
4) Rinse thoroughly     Cut off hose bib for quick rinsing and to reduce sudsing Remove metal water hose end (male) to avoid scratching paint
5) Spray water based dressing in an "H" pattern over engine compartment Produces a satin finished appearance FadeAway Pressurized spray tank or spray bottle Do not use solvent dressing
6) Squeegee and chamois all exterior surfaces Quick and easy way to remove most of the water    
7) Dry door jambs Removes residue while still wet   Clean towel  

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