pg. 69 Washing, cleaning
The car should be washed at regular intervals since dirt, dust, insects and tar spots adhere to the paint
and may cause damage.
When washing the car, do not expose it to direct sunlight. Use lukewarm water to soften the dirt before
you wash with a sponge, and plenty of water, to avoid scratching.
A detergent can be used to facilitate the softening of dirt and oil.
Special car washing detergent or household detergent can be used. A suitable mixture is about 2.5 fl. oz.
(8.5 cl) of detergent to 2.6 US gal. (10 liters) of warm water. After washing with a detergent the car
should be well rinsed with clean water.
A water soluble grease solvent may be used in cases of sticky dirt. However, use a washplace equipped
with a drainage separator.
Dry the car with a clean chamois and remember to clean the drain holes in the doors and rocker panels.
Tar spots can be removed with kerosene or tar remover after the car has been washed.
Note: It is particularly important to wash the car frequently in the winter time, to prevent corrosion,
when salt has been used on the roads.
When the car is driven immediately after being washed, brake the car now and again in order to
remove any moisture from the brake linings.
Chromium-plated and anodized parts should be washed with clean water as soon as they become dirty.
This is particularly important if you drive on gravel roads or on roads where salt is used during the
winter. After the car has been washed, apply wax or an anti-rust preparation.
Stains on chrome trim can be removed with commercially available chrome cleaner. Do not use abrasive
compounds or steel wool.
Polishing and waxing is not necessary unless a glossy surface can no longer be obtained by normal car
Normally, polishing is not required during the first year after delivery, however, waxing may be
Before applying polish or wax the car must be washed and dried. Tar spots can be removed with
kerosene or tar remover. Difficult spots may require a fine rubbing compound.
After polishing use liquid or paste wax.
Several commercially available products contain both polish and wax. Waxing alone does not substitute
for polishing of a dull surface.
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