Why You Should Wash Your Car
Your car is made of metal. For that reason alone, you should keep your car clean, regardless of how good it makes you feel that you’re driving a clean car.
The only thing that keeps the metal from corroding is paint. The paint is actually comprised of two layers. Primer and non-gloss color.
What protects the paint is a layer of what is called ‘clear coat’; a transparent, colorless layer of polyurethane enamel 1/1000th of an inch thick that gives the paint depth and gloss. What should protect the clear-coat is a layer of wax. That’s if you keep your car waxed.
These ever so thin layers are all that are between a large variety of environmental evils and the metal panels that cover your car. These layers are under constant attack. Without proper care to a vehicle’s clear-coat, it’s only a matter of time until it turns into a rust bucket, succumbing to the elements!
Dirt Is Not The Worst Of It…
Dirt, sand and mud – little else is more abrasive than these three forms of earth, itself. These materials will stick to your car and create scratches, nicks, and wear away at your car’s surface. But at least you can see these types, and it doesn’t develop over time. Dirt, sand and mud are noticeable right away. But what about what you don’t see, or what develops over time. Moreover, what constitutes as the ‘dirt’ on your car is some of the most damaging matter, and is technically not even dirt!
About the only sun exposed part of your car that are not affected by ultraviolet rays are those that are made of glass and anodized aluminum. Just like your skin, the painted surfaces of your car definitely are vulnerable to the deleterious effects of sunlight unless they are waxed regularly with a UV absorbent wax. A UV absorbent wax converts radiation to heat and reradiates it from the wax surface. The wax, in effect, blocks the UV rays from directly attaching the paint. The UV rays, however, also break down the wax. Unless the wax is replaced regularly, UV rays will get through to the paint, eventually oxidizing it.
The rain, snow, ice, and mist in storms that blow through any industrialized region, especially those with power plants that burn fossil fuels, contain sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Naturally occurring precipitation that contains these pollutants is called acid rain. The effect of acid rain on horizontal automotive surfaces appears as irregularly shaped, permanently etched areas.
Bird Droppings & Insect Splatters
After 30 – 45 minutes in the sunlight, acids in bird droppings become increasingly concentrated and being to eat through the wax and soon begin to stain, and even etch your car’s clear coat finish. With insect splatters, it takes a little longer, a day or so, but the effect is the same.
Tree Sap and Honeydew
The sticky substance that often appears on your car after leaving it parked under any tree may be tree sap, or honeydew; the excrement of aphids or scale insects that infect the tree’s branches and leaves. Honeydew is composed of undigested sugars and other waste product that pass through the insects bodies. They become harder to remove the longer they are left on the car. Tree sap is one of the most common stains that appear on a car’s finish. It is sticky and turns black over time. It dries very hard and attaches itself to your car with a tar-like bond.
Small specks of asphalt, tire rubber, grease, and oil are in constant circulation on busy roads and highways, put in motion by wheels and slipstreams of the cars and trucks ahead or passing you. Your car cannot avoid them. They are not only visible distractions on your car’s finish, many of them eat away at your car’s clear coat layer. Road tar is often thrown up by your car’s front wheels as they pass over sun-heated asphalt or stretches of highway that are being resurfaced. It usually adheres to rocker panels, wheel wells, and the bottom of doors. The longer it remains on the car, the harder it becomes and the more difficult it is to remove.
Your car creates brake dust every time you apply the brakes. It is a fine powder residue created by the brake rotor wearing away the brake lining. It is very sticky and collects in every microscopic nick and crevice of the wheel. It is highly corrosive. As if the brake dust from your own wheels weren’t enough, when cars ahead of you on the road brake, they generate brake dust too. Some of it becomes airborne. Some of it inevitably attaches to our car as it passes.
Road and highway departments started using salt to de-ice roads in the 1930’s. Salt corrosion in new cars from road salts is now actually negligible, according to the NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), because of the increased use of galvanized steel panels and wheel houses, anodic electrode position primer, stainless steel exhaust systems, etc, etc, but the use of salt is still practiced today.
The older your car is, however, the more vulnerable it is to salt corrosion, as it is not equipped with anit-corrosive technology. In addition to road salt, there are other salts to be wary of. A visit to the beach leaves a vehicle susceptible to the saline in ocean spray and standing sea water that collects in swales in some places during high tides. Both sources coat surfaces they come in contact with in sea salt.
The harder the water in your community’s water supply, the more likely it will be to leave mineral deposits on your car if it comes in contact with your car’s finish, i.e. from a hose or a sprinkler. When allowed to dry on your car’s surface, in the sun, these minerals can wreck havoc on an automobile’s surface.
Why Ocean Blue?
There is no better washing process for your car’s exterior that washing it at Ocean Blue Car Wash, and there are few washing processes, other than ours, that are as good.
We don’t use brushes. We don’t use strong acid-based or alkali-based cleaning chemicals. We don’t rub the surface of your car with sponges or mitts. We don’t use high-powered water jets.
We get your car really clean and really dry without brushing it, blasting it, rubbing it, or putting harsh chemicals on it. We wash your car with biodegradable, high-lubricity foam and low pressure water in a process we call Gentle Touch. We dry your car with gravity and blown air. Lots of blown air!!
Ocean Blue Car Wash is the safest, most effective exterior car wash you can buy.
We Use Special Protectants
We use a clear-coat application in all three of our washes. It is a UV absorbent protectant. We use triple foam in our Wave Wash, Tidal Wave and Big Kahuna washes. Triple foam is applied with a protectant formula that seals the microscopic irregularities in the car’s finish.
We use Rain-X in our Tidal Wave and Big Kahuna washes. Rain-X creates a polymer barrier that helps protect your car’s clear coat polyurethane layer; it is also UV absorbent. See prices for a menu of included applications in each of our four washes.