What Auto Manufacturers Say About Car Washing
The Atlantic Auto Wash process is the safest method available for
maintaining and enhancing your automotive finish. We use only soft-cloth
washers (no brushes), safe shampoos, and no high pressure. Because
of this we meet or exceed most auto manufacturer’s washing
specifications as listed in their Owner’s Manuals. Here are
“The best way to preserve your vehicle’s finish is
to keep it clean by washing it often with lukewarm or cold water….
Don’t use cleaning agents that are petroleum based, or that
contain acid or abrasives…. High pressure vehicle washes may
cause water to enter your vehicle…. Don’t take your
vehicle through an automatic vehicle wash that has silicon carbide
tire cleaning brushes.”
“Make sure that the paintwork is not directly sprayed with
a high pressure jet, as damage may result. Wash all the paintwork
using…ample quantities of water and a neutral shampoo….
We recommend not having the car washes by [those] automatic washing
plants which…employ very aggressive detergents.”
“Right from the start, you can wash your new BMW either by
hand or in an automatic carwash…. When using an automatic
carwash, ensure that the vehicle is cleaned with minimum brush pressure,
and that ample water is available for washing and rinsing….
Always maintain an adequate distance between the spray source and
the vehicle’s surface when using spray wands and high pressure
washers. Inadequate distance and excessive pressure can damage or
weaken the finish, making it more susceptible to subsequent attack.
In addition moisture could penetrate to vehicle components, leading
to long-term damage.”
“Clean the vehicle thoroughly using a mild soap…mixed
with clean, lukewarm (never hot) water. Do not use strong household
soap, strong chemical detergents, gasoline or solvents.”
“Do not use hot water or wash your car in direct sunlight.
Use only a mild car wash detergent…. Thoroughly spray the
car with a diffused jet of water. Direct only a very weak spray
towards the ventilation intake…. If the vehicle has been run
through an automatic car wash…re-wipe the recessed sections
in the tail lamps…if necessary.
“Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in
the shade using a mild car wash soap, and rinse the panels completely
with clear water…. Avoid using automatic car washes that use
acidic solutions or harsh brushes that may damage the wheel’s
“Wash the vehicle frequently…rinse the vehicle with
clear, cold water…. Do not wash your vehicle with hot water.
Also do not wash your vehicle while it sits in direct sunlight or
while the body is hot…do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners,
fuel, or strong detergents…. These can damage your vehicle’s
protective coating and paint…. Tire brushes used in automatic
car washes may damage the painted finish on your aluminum wheels
or wheel covers. Before going to a car wash, find out if the brushes