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Welcome to the March 2019 edition of Concours Corner. This month I would like to focus on wa- terless washing. This is a great detailing process to follow when you car is not really dirty. Most cars that are garaged year round will fall into this catogory, but of course there are times when you will need to use water and buckets (two or three bucket system is recommended) to get heavier dirt from painted surfaces, wheel wells and under carriages.
Using A Waterless Car Wash:
A waterless car wash is a high lubricity pre-mixed spray detailer that is used to heavily saturate
a panel and then you carefully wipe any dirt or road grime off to a dry shine. Waterless washes should only be used on vehicles with light dirt accumulation. Theyíre a fast way to clean your vehicle between washes. A waterless wash with a built-in wax adds protection as you wash your vehicle.
Choose your waterless washing towels carefully. A very soft towel with a deep nap provides ample room for dirt to accumulate in the towel, rather than being rubbed against the paint. A thin towel with a flat weave or nap will not provide any- where for loosened dirt to go, so it will be rubbed against the paint as you wipe.
The key to working safely with a waterless car wash is to use plenty of clean, microfiber pol- ishing towels. Fold your towel in half and then in half again, creating 8 sides. After using all 8 sides of a microfiber towel, quit using the micro- fiber towel and switch to a new, clean microfiber towel so you don’t simply transfer dirt removed from one panel to another panel.
Steps for using a Waterless Wash:
Fold your towel so there are 8 usable sides. Starting at the top of the vehicle (the cleanest part), spray a panel generously with your wa- terless wash. The size of the panel depends
on how large an area you can spray and wipe dry before it dries on its own. Generally speak- ing, half the roof or half the hood is a good size section. Wipe lightly in one direction. Thereís no need to apply significant pressure and doing so
can result in micro scratches. Note: If you wipe in a circular motion, youíre wiping the dirt youíve just removed back over the section youíve just cleaned. Itís counterproductive. As youíre wip- ing, pay attention to the cleanliness of the towel. When one side becomes soiled, switch to a new side of the towel. Remember, youíve got 8 sides to work with and hopefully some extra towels, too. Wipe the section completely dry and move on to the next section.
Here ís a suggestion for slicing up the car into sections when washing with a Waterless Wash. I start at the top like most of you but add a twist...
*Side Glass
*Horizontal Panels like the Hood and Trunk lid *Vertical Panels - But only the upper portions as these tend to be cleaner than the lower portions. (twist I mentioned)
*Front Bumpers and Grills
*Rear Bumpers and Rear Vertical Panels like you find on SUV’s and some passenger cars *Lower Vertical Panels - Now do the lower por- tions of the vertical panels, these are the dirtiest sections. (twist I mentioned)
*Lastly, the wheels. Important! Do not use the same towel to detail your wheels that you use on your paint! The wheels are covered in brake dust and you cannot risk transferring it back to the paint finish. Designate towels just for wheels.
One other thing I want to share with you is that on the day of a concours show, waterless wash- ing is my go-to process for the exterior of your vehicle. For any light dust and road dirt that was picked up on the way to the show, you can get away with your waterless wash and/or detail spray, VRT (Vinyl, Rubber, Trim) cleaner/protec- tant, glass cleaner and for the wheels I like to use a swiffer then some detail spray.
So there you have it. I hope this helps you to be better prepared for the 2019 Metro NY PCA Concours season!
See you on the lawn - Dave Neese
Concours Corner Dave Neese

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