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Important tips for using a pressure washer

Pressure Washer

When using a pressure washer, always be careful about how close you get to the car. As a rule of thumb, never allow the nozzle to get closer than 4 inches to the surface when cleaning and definitely further away for fabric roofs.

A pressure washer won't get all the dirt off, so you shouldn't even try, instead use it to get the grit off, then use a wash mitt and soapy water to agitate the remaining dirt. Once you have loosened it, it should then all blast off with the pressure washer.

Always dry after washing

Car Washing

After washing your car, dry it with a cloth before it self-dries. This prevents getting water marks and dirt drying back onto the surface of the car. A squeegee can be useful to dry the windows of the car to prevent water marks settling on the glass.

Protecting paint with wax

Car Waxing

This will improve the shine of your cars paintwork and also protect the car from getting as dirty. Prior to using wax, putting your hand in a plastic bag and running it over the paintwork will help feel the surface of car. If it feels like sandpaper, using a clay bar will smooth the area up to provide better bonding for the wax.

Putting a stop to rust

Car Rust

A cars worst enemy is rust. If you have minor rust on your vehicle removing any loose paint with a dry cloth and painting white grease onto the rusted area can stop the car from corroding further and treat the area so it can be painted over.

For small patches of rust, smoothing down the area and applying T-cut or a similar product is useful to cover the area and give it a professional finish; just remember to use a test sample on an area of the car to check the colour matches. If the rust is quite severe it may require a professional to buff the rusted area(s) down and re-paint that area of the car.

Don't hoover straight away

Long Brush

Before hoovering use a stiff broom to loosen up any ground materials that have been brought into the vehicle, such as grass and dirt. This will help save you time and effort using force trying to get up any dirt and also will give a cleaner finish.

For pet hairs a rubber brush is a must. If you use a brush first, it will get the bulk of them up into clumps that will be easier to remove and saves clogging up your hoover up. Once the bulk of hairs are gone, a hoover will pick up any smaller hairs.

Removing water marks

Washing Windows

Water marks can be a constant nuisance when cleaning your car. Using a cloth with white vinegar to remove any water marks. To prevent further water spots on windows, apply wax or polish to windows, but do not use on the windscreen as this can create smearing.

Marks on dash or any plastic areas

Clean Dashboard

An eraser can remove white marks on plastic that have been caused by wax or polish, if this does not work a mild solvent (e.g. rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit) would be the next step.

Minor scratches

Car Scratches

There are two types of scratch, those that are soft and sit on the paintwork and those that are hard and scratch the paint away. For a soft scratch an adhesive remover can remove these marks. If it has gouged in and removed the paint, the fix may be more laborious.

To visualise scratches better, polish the scratched area - shoe polish does work quite well - and as long as the polish contrasts the cars colour you will be able to see what the polished area and what the painted area is. Sand the polished area using ultrafine sandpaper (2000- to 3000-grit wet/dry sandpaper is recommended) dipping it into cold soapy water create a smoother sanding action. Work with this slowly and lightly until the contrasting polish is removed.

Once removed dry sand the area thoroughly until the scratch is removed and buff the area with a rubbing compound. Make sure the area is smooth enough and then paint / t-cut if it is a very small area and buff the paint onto the surface for a smooth finish. Once dry waxing the area will protect the area.

Take it to the professionals!

If you're not comfortable attempting bodywork repair yourself why not pop along to your local Evans Halshaw dealer and speak to a member of the Service Team, who will be able to give you a no obligation estimated price for the repair.

Provided the area of damage does not exceed 15cm and is not situated on the roof or bonnet your Service Advisor can arrange a repair booking at the dealership with one of the SMART repair specialists.

While you Wait appointments are available for paintless dent removals - so relax in the customer waiting area, enjoy refreshments and catch up on your emails with use of our complimentary WIFI.

Where paint is required, your vehicle will be required for a minimum of four hours to ensure the repair dries effectively.

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