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Top 10 Car Cleaning Mistakes

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in the comment section below
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mistake number one taking your car to a
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car wash these car washes are guaranteed
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to scratch your finish even if the car
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wash says its soft bristles and soft
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cloth dirt gets trapped in the cloth and
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ends up getting scratched against your
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paint
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car washes are aggressive even the
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touchless type where powerful jets of
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water slam your paint surface to remove
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the dirt
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the water pressure could be too high and
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even if the water pressure isn’t too
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high the water will push dirt against
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the paint thereby scratching now don’t
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get me wrong car washes are good for
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cars where you don’t really care about
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the little scratches in the paint for
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example I bring my van or my truck to a
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car wash because the paint is already
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beat up a little bit but I would never
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take my Corvette or a new car to a car
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wash mistake number two people clean
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their car in direct sunlight and when
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it’s really hot I try to wait till the
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Sun is just about setting and then you
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get this really good shine on the car so
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you could see where all the dirt is the
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reason why I don’t clean your car in the
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Sun because the car’s surface will be so
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hot but the water you’re cleaning with
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will evaporate and leave water marks on
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your paint another problem is that these
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chemicals and cleaners that you’re using
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aren’t made to be put on hot surfaces
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which is why it says in the directions
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to park the car in the shade this time
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of the day where it’s cooler and the Sun
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isn’t as strong is perfect it’ll allow
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your car to stay cool and this water
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won’t evaporate very quickly mistake
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number three using dawn or some type of
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kitchen soap or degreaser to clean your
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car these products are bad for your
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paint and will strip your protective wax
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coating so all that hard work waxing
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goes to waste
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also these products are not always pH
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balanced so you could be damaging your
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clear coat you do not want to use a
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degreaser what you want to use is an
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automotive soap this stuff is
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specifically formulated to clean your
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car’s paint so it won’t strip the wax
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and its pH balanced it also foams up
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really well so provides good lubrication
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while you use your towel against your
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paint you could even see it on here it
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says it won’t strip wax like some dish
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soaps here’s a quick car washing top tip
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make sure you always clean out your
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bucket
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so that you get all the dirt in the
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bucket out so when you put your towel in
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here you don’t pick up the dirt and rub
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it right into your paint and scratch
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your paint now we could get some soap in
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here
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mistake number four that I see all the
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time is people don’t use lubrication
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when they’re cleaning their car you
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could use some type of spray wax if your
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car finish is completely dry for example
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if you have some bird poop on your car
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never just wipe this off with just a
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towel always spray some lubricant and
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then this will come right off just like
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so after you wipe one way fold your
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towel over wipe it the other way to
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clean it off do get that bird poop off
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that car right away because bird poop
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has acid in it and the acid will break
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down your paint and a clear coat and
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leave a nasty mark there but make sure
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when you take it off use some type of
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lubricant or just make sure your car is
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soaking wet and you have a towel that is
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completely covered in soap and water so
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you won’t scratch your car black is one
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of the most difficult colors to clean
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and the reason why black is so difficult
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to clean is because you have to be extra
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careful black shows scratches really
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easily going along with number four make
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sure you get the car soaking wet and
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when you get in the car wet make sure
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you’re not using a power washer and if
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you are make sure you can put your hand
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in front of it and it doesn’t hurt your
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hand if it hurts your hand that’s too
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much pressure for your car mistake
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number five you do not want to ever use
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a paper towel on your paint you don’t
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ever want to use an old t-shirt on your
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paint you never want to use a sponge or
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the rough end of a sponge on your paint
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and you never want to use one of these
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bathing towels or whatever kind of towel
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you want to call this on your paint the
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only thing that should touch your paint
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is a nice and soft microfiber towel or
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something with the similar softness
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mistake number six not cleaning from the
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top of the car to the bottom of the car
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you always want to start cleaning your
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car at the top and then finish cleaning
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at the bottom the one exception is you
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could start with cleaning your rims when
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cleaning your rims the same rules for
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cleaning your car’s paint apply use a
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microfiber towel and some type of
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lubricant in this case water and a wheel
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cleaner and make sure you don’t use the
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same towel for the rims as for the paint
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you should have two different towels
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because rim dust is acidic and gritty
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I’m not using a paper towel on the rims
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because the rims are actually clear
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coated to protect the aluminum finish
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and paper towels are just going to
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scratch your clear coat just like it’s
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going to scratch the clear coat of your
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paint so that’s why I don’t want to use
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on your paint and then you never want to
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keep this stuff on your rims so make
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sure you clean it off so now that we did
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all four tires now is a good time to
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start cleaning from the top to the
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bottom and I’ll show you what I mean
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right now
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we start at the top because on all cars
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the bottom is going to be a lot dirtier
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compared to the top of the car you can
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see the bottom is way dirtier than the
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top primarily because the bottom of the
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car is close to the dirty road all the
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road grime and dust and mud kick up on
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the bottom of the car but rarely make it
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to the top of the car to prevent all
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this dirt from getting on our towel and
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scratching the whole car we start at the
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top of the car and leave the bottom till
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the end I like to split the car in half
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so right at that yellow turn light here
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all the way across that’s what I
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consider the top half and then down
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below that is the bottom half so we’ll
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start cleaning a top hat first here’s a
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top tip for you when you just start
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using a towel always snap it out to get
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any loose rocks or dust or whatever that
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could scratch the car try to get it off
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every little bit helps
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one thing that you should notice while
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I’m cleaning I’m moving the towel in one
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direction from the front of the car to
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the rear of the car and that brings me
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to mistake number seven cleaning in a
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swirling motion pick a direction and
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clean in that direction if you do it in
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a swirling motion you’re more likely to
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see scratches at different angles when
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you’re cleaning your car go in one
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direction pick a direction I like going
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from front to back from the front of the
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car to the rear of the car and that’s
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the direction I stick to mistake number
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eight that people make constantly is
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using only one bucket you can see here I
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have two buckets one bucket which is
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this one right here is just for the
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soapy water this is a clean bucket the
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other bucket that I just filled is your
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rinse bucket you want to fill up your
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rinse bucket all the way to the top with
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plain water and that will allow all the
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particulates and everything that are in
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your dirty towel to fall to the bottom
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and it won’t get contaminated in a nice
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clean soapy water so have my dirty towel
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I dunk it in the rinse I wring it out
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and this will get most of the big
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particles off that’s the goal they’ll
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all sink to the bottom of that bucket
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you can see it looks pretty clean now
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and then I dunk it in my soap and I go
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back and clean the car so finally after
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you’re done cleaning everything rinse
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off all the soap and again you do not
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use a sponge you do not use a bath towel
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you do not use a t-shirt and you do not
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use a paper towel when you dry off your
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car
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you want to use a good microfiber cloth
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that absorbs water really well just like
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cleaning your car we’re going to dry it
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in one direction you don’t want to add a
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lot of pressure
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this will prevent scratches and then
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after a few dries use a new part of the
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towel and you also dry the car from top
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to bottom same as cleaning
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good now look at that shine nice and
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clean and dry mistake number nine that I
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see all the time is people go drop their
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towel on the ground and they pick it
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right back up and use it on their car
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when you drop your towel on the ground
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it picks up all types of debris
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including little rocks like that right
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there which will put a nice scratch in
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your car’s paint pick up little leaves
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and stuff so once you drop this on the
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ground this is done you can’t use this
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so once this touches the ground
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keep it there and the final mistake
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mistake number ten I always see people
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put armor-all or some type of leather
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and vinyl cleaner on their steering
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wheel and on the brake and the gas
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pedals I also see them put it on the
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shifter which is never good all these
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things you need to grip onto whether
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it’s with your hands or with your feet
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never want to put any chemicals on your
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steering wheel brake pedals or gear knob
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that are going to make it slippery this
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just makes driving dangerous and you
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could potentially cause an accident and
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hurt yourself or hurt somebody else and
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the final top tip if you’re going to use
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some type of leather or vinyl protectant
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make sure that you spray it on a paper
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towel and not directly on the leather or
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vinyl this will prevent it from getting
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all over your windows and things you
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don’t want it on hopefully this video
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gave you new insight for when you’re
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cleaning your car if you like this video
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another top ten video that I did that
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video is the top ten mistakes car owners
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make and it’ll go through different
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things that people do with their cars
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that shouldn’t be done to get to that
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video you could click on the screen or
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finally I want to hear from you guys I
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obviously didn’t cover everything if you
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have any mistakes that you know of that
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people do all the time leave it in the
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comment section below

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