As we mentioned earlier, black and other darker paints show defects more easily than other paint colors, so you will want to minimize the amount that you are actually touching the paint finish. Using a pressure washer to safely blast away as much dirt and debris as possible before even touching the paint with a wash pad or wash mitt is one vital step to avoid introducing new scratches and swirl marks while washing the vehicle. Water spots are a common nuisance for almost everyone at some point. There are some unavoidable situations, like water spots from water sprinklers at the office parking lot, or rainwater from a flash rainstorm that then etches into the surface if the hot sun pops up immediately afterward; however, you can eliminate water spots from hard water in the washing process. Having deionized water for a spot-free rinse is another crucial step in owning a black car, so that you avoid unsightly water spots when washing and drying your vehicle.
Pro Series Pressure Washer - Safer Washing
Many people think that using a pressure washer on your vehicle can cause more harm than good, but we are here to debunk that statement. A pressure washer is one of the most important tools you can own when it comes to cleaning your car. When used properly, a pressure washer is a very effective and safe way to deep-clean the exterior of your vehicle, removing more dirt, debris, bug splatter, bird droppings, and other road grime than your standard garden hose. A pressure washer like theAdam’s Pro-Series Pressure Washer typically has 30-40x more pressure than the water supply from your household water hose. This increased pressure allows you to more easily remove more dirt from vehicle surfaces, and is still safe when used with the appropriate 40° or 25° tip held at a safe distance of 12-18” away from the vehicle. Spraying too closely to the paint surface or using the incorrect tip (0° or 15°) can result in damage, but when using the tool properly, you will wash your black vehicle more effectively while reducing the chance of scratches. The more dirt you can remove before touching the vehicle with soap and a wash pad, the less chance you have of dirt potentially scratching, swirling, or marring the finish.
Portable Spotless Water Deionizer - Spot-Free Rinsing
The time period during the wash process in which you rinse the soap residue off of the vehicle and begin to dry it is critical, since this is when the potential for water spots is highest. Hard water from the pressure washer or water hose can quickly turn to water spots on a hot, sunny day, so you want to quickly dry in the shade if possible. Drying in shade is not always an option, and using the wrong drying towel or a dirty drying towel can easily swirl the paint of a black vehicle. As mentioned earlier, you want to touch the surface as little as possible on a black car, so the better option for drying without touching is using a water filtration system likeAdam’s Portable Water Deionizer.
The Portable Water Deionizer uses resin to filter hard minerals and other contaminants out of your water supply, bringing the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in the water down to 0-50 ppm (parts per million). When the water supply is at 0-15 ppm, it allows for the water to evaporate with a spot-free finish, meaning that you do not have to use a drying towel on the vehicle and potentially introduce marring with a dirty towel. Using the bypass valve on the Portable Water Deionizer will allow you to use regular water for the wash, and then flip to clean, deionized water for the rinse, which will allow the resin to last longer in between swapping it out for fresh resin.
Proper Washing Methods
After rinsing with the Pro-Series Pressure Washer, it’s time to remove the remaining dirt, debris, bird droppings, bug splatter, road grime, and more as safely as possible. A Two-Bucket Wash is key when it comes to washing a black vehicle properly. By having one bucket with clean rinse water and a second bucket with your preferred soap like Adam’s Car Shampoo or Mega Foam, and Grit Guards in both, this will greatly reduce wash-induced swirl marks and scratches. Using a top-down approach, once you have done a few passes over the vehicle with your sudsy wash pad, scrub it out into the Rinse Bucket frequently throughout the wash process. The Grit Guard removes the dirt and debris, keeping dirt particles and sediment at the bottom of the Rinse Bucket and out of your Soap Bucket. This way you do not reintroduce dirt back onto the vehicle when you reload the wash pad with more clean suds from the Wash Bucket.
Since you’re already using a pressure washer, add even more safety to the wash process with aPremium Foam Cannon. Connecting a foam cannon to a pressure washer with a high-foaming shampoo like our Mega Foam will flock your vehicle with a thick shaving cream-like foam, to help loosen and lift dirt and grime before you begin the Two Bucket Wash with a wash pad or wash mitt. After a few minutes, the Mega Foam will begin to drip down the vehicle and remove even more dirt that the pressure washer may not have removed. In some instances with light dirt, you may even be able to achieve a contact-free wash.
The Portable Water Deionizer that we covered earlier will allow for a spot-free rinse; however, there will still be areas that pool up water, such as wiper cowls and roof channels, and areas that trap water, like side mirrors, emblems, lights, grills, gas caps, and more. Touching is scratching in some instances, especially on delicate black paint, so you can use a tool like the Adam’s Air Cannon for touchless drying. The Air Cannon uses filtered, heated air to safely dry and remove water from difficult surfaces, such as wheel spokes and tire treads that can sling water onto the paint, as well as nooks and crannies in body panel seams, mirrors, fender flares, bumpers, and more, to prevent water streaking onto surrounding areas.
Comparison: Leaf Blower vs. Air Cannon
You may wonder “Why do I need an Air Cannon if I already have a leaf blower?” and there are a few key takeaways here:
- Leaf blowers are generally heavy and can fatigue your arms and shoulders by the time you have dried the whole vehicle, compared to just holding the hose of the Air Cannon.
- Gas leaf blowers can leak trace amounts of gas and spit out oil from the exhaust, which can then suck back into the machine and blow out onto your car.
- Some leaf blowers lack air filters, so they can suck dust and debris into the intake and then blow those back out onto the wet vehicle.