Did you know that when washing your car at home there are several ways in which you might unintentionally scratch your car paint? It's highly common in fact. To help you avoid this mishap and keep your vehicle's paint job free of hairline scratches, follow this list of easy tips.

Always hose your car down first.
Rubbing dirt and grit into a car surface repeatedly can eventually cause fine scratches, so before you even began to wipe down the surface, hose it off first to free it of as much debris as possible.

Use the two bucket wash method.
One bucket should contain rinse water and the other should contain soapy water. Always rinse your cloth or rag first before placing it in the soapy water bucket to free it of any debris that it's caught.

Buy a couple of grit guards for your buckets.
Grit guards help trap debris at the bottom of buckets so that grit doesn't float up. This will reduce the chance of debris clinging back to your wash cloth.

A few other bonus tips include:

  • Don't wipe in a circular motion. Move horizontally across surfaces.
  • Use microfiber and terry cloths on your car rather than low-grade sponges.
  • Only use a car washing liquid. Don't grab that bottle of dish liquid out of your kitchen; its degreasing agents will weaken your car's clear coat over time and make it more susceptible to scratches.
  • Wax your car periodically to protect the paint.
  • Wash off tree sap, sprinkler wash stains and bird droppings as soon as possible; these substances can also weaken clear out.

In addition, it's a smart idea to have your vehicle professionally detailed a minimum of twice a year. Midway Chevrolet's service team is happy to help with this, and when you bring your car to us, you can rest assured that it's in expert hands.