Washing your car all year round is extremely important, especially in the hot summer months. Not only does regular washing prevent contaminants like dust, dirt, pollen, bird droppings, salt and air-borne pollutants from adhering to your vehicle it ensures the paint and finish of your car remain in top shape and free from damage. Many car experts recommend washing your car once a week, but there are a few important things to keep in mind when getting out the hose and sponge on a warm summer’s day. At AME Automotive, we are specialist automobile mechanics and we are committed to providing expert service and advice at affordable prices. Here’s our guide to washing your car in summer.
How Often Should I Wash My Car in Summer?
It seems obvious that you should wash your car whenever it gets dirty, however, as a general rule, you should aim to wash your car once per week, particularly if your car is exposed daily to the following conditions when parked or driving:
- Industrial and construction areas – air-borne contaminants create the need for regular washing. ‘Acid rain’ can also occur in these areas causing even more damage.
- Lots of bugs and insects – bug splatters damage your car by bonding to the paint and finish.
- Bird droppings – droppings on your vehicle’s exterior dry up and harden, especially during the summer months, causing etching and damage to your vehicle’s paint.
- Seaside areas – salt in the air can cause rust
- Dusty areas
- Parked outside all the time – particularly under or near trees where leaves and sap can corrode your car and etch through the paint’s finish, leading to discolouring and staining. Summer heat will accelerate the damage process that sap causes.
- Inclement weather including rain, sun, heat and wind – heat accelerates damage caused by all of the above. Excessive exposure to sun and heat can also melt the wax protection off your car, reducing the protection between contaminants and the automotive paint.
If your car is usually garaged, not exposed to adverse conditions and only used for short trips then once a fortnight or month is sufficient.
Important Things to Remember When Washing Your Car in Summer
While it is recommended to wash your car once a week in the warmer months, washing a vehicle in hot weather can ruin the vehicle’s paint job if not done correctly. In direct sunlight, soap dries quickly and can leave unsightly spots and streaks. Not washing, however, can cause just as much damage, if not more. Heat and sunlight also accelerate the damage from dirt, oil and other substances that build up on a daily basis. The below simple tips can help to keep your paint job in perfect shape.
- Never wash your vehicle in direct sunlight. Early in the morning or late in the evening after the sun begins to set are ideal washing times. If your vehicle must be washed during the hottest part of the day, ensure you park in a shaded spot.
- Before applying soap to the vehicle, spray it down generously with water. Not only removing dirt and other abrasives from your car, this lowers the surface temperature of the vehicle and helps the soap to dry slower.
- Wash the vehicle in small sections. Work your way around the vehicle one small section at a time, reapplying water to each section before washing.
- Dry the vehicle off with a soft cloth or towel as soon as possible to avoid water spots. It may be necessary to spray some areas with water again before drying, if water spots have already appeared.
Following these simple steps will protect your paint job and keep the exterior of your vehicle shiny and spotless.
Regular washing is a great way to keep the surfaces of your car in peak condition, regular servicing is required to keep your car working at its best performance and catch small issues before they become big, expensive problems. If you are looking for the best auto mechanics in WA, you can’t go past the team at AME. For a free quote on your next service or auto repair, give us a call on (08) 9455 3225 or contact us online.