- Sep 20, 2014
- Seattle-ish, WA
So school me on the honest deal on what soap to use. I have a couple cars and generally what I do is at first: 1) Wash car a couple times over a week to get it very clean. Soap (dish) and water, clean auto sponge. 2) Do a 3-step wax with Meguairs or Mothers products, decent buffer with clean pads changed frequently. 3) Wash a few times a year when filthy with soap/sponge as in 1) 4) Wax again 2-step with buffer 1x a year. I live in western WA so temps are mild (rarely outside of 40F-80F range), cars are indoors (garage) and out, one car stays out all the time. Rains a lot Nov. to April but no ice, snow, salt, etc. really ever. Would it be beneficial to use a milder car-specific soap so as not to strip the wax between the 1x a year I wax any of them? Or does rain/road grime strip it so much that that is not a big deal. I am not washing the cars weekly or even monthly at all. I do wash the wheels that often to keep brake dust and road grime off the alloys. I clearly don't want to spend more time washing than I need, just enough to keep them presentable and protect the paint. I generally find in this climate, unlike back east, a 2-step wax (once the paint was prepped well to begin) once a year holds up reasonably well.