|Thanks to Chad for letting us wash his 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500|
Dan, what are the benefits of hand washing your car at home over going to a car wash?
Car washes can damage your paint long term, with big bills in getting it professionally detailed to remove the marks they put in. The washes and waxes they use are generally cheap and nasty, again long term they are to the detriment of your car. When washing your car it gives you the chance to inspect it a bit more closely than normal, so you can notice any issues the car may have like stone chips, worn tyres or normally unseen wear and tear. Fixing these issues early can save you money over the long term. Hand washing also gives a mild work-out helping keep you fit!
What are your top 5 tips for washing your car?
1. NEVER wash with a sponge, as they create 95% of scratches and swirls on your cars paint. Use a microfibre wash mitt or microfibre covered sponge instead.
2. Use a big 12 litre bucket. The normal 8 litre buckets leave no suds in the bucket after washing your car, so all the dirt potentially scratching materials in the bottom of the bucket gets put back on your car. Does not happen with the extra capacity of the 12 litre bucket. Even better, use two 12 litre buckets for washing, one for the suds onto the car and the other to rinse off your wash mitt after coming off cleaning the car. You never get dirt into your wash bucket this way.
3. Always use a good quality wash. Cheap ones are hard on your car and even more so, your skin. Cheap washes (and even a lot of good ones) are also laced with phosphates and salt, as is dish washing detergent. These washes ruin your car’s paint and metal as they help infest it with rust as you wash. Phosphates also are a not good for the environment. Make sure the wash is pH Neutral- so it is easy on your car, skin paint and will not strip away any protective wax coat you may have applied.
4. Start from the top of the car when washing, and then work your way down, cleaning the dirtiest parts last.
5. Always Chamois your car down to dry after washing, to stop water marks forming on the paint. They are hard and expensive to remove! Also make sure you drive your car after washing, the moving air will help evaporate any water left sitting in unreachable areas of the car.
What makes Bowden products unique?
We are all Australian, so we keep the money in Australia, investing in the manufacturing industry to keep jobs here rather than overseas! Made by a family who really do love cars and show it in the passion we have for our large car collection. We also make all our products by hand, as we cannot afford robots.
What is your dream car?
1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR race car, we have a 1955 300SL Gullwing road going version the ultimate achievable version of this, only 6 of the SLR’s were made and worth a presumed $20 million each..if you could buy one that is! Mercedes still own most of them and two are in French and US government owned museums. So you can only dream to own one.