Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I Know It's Going To Rain Again!

"Ah...no point washing it as it's going to rain again"

"Everytime I wash my car, it'll rain! Forget about it!"

"The rain will wash it for me..."

Do these comments sound familiar? Are you one of them who gives the same comment? If yes, you shouldn't be reading this blog. Haha, just joking. Unfortunately, we're living in a country with tropical weather. We receive plenty of rainfall every year and getting our car wet daily is just so common. It could be a big big problem for a detailing enthusiast - like me.

Imagine you've just spent 2 hours washing and drying up the car. You sit back, relax and admire the restored shine on your car after being tortured on the road for the whole week. Suddenly, it starts to rain heavily without any early sign. It can be worse if you don't have a shelter at home for your car, or worst if you have to drive your car out to pick up your wife, kids, girl friend or whoever. Ouch! That's definitely PITA!

It's a fact of life. Whether you like it or not, you have to take it. Think it this way...if you know it's definitely going to rain today, you tell yourself to postpone the wash to another day (usually the next weekend). What if it rains on the other day? You're right, delay it further. This might be going on and on and on...till your car is suffered from acid rain pitting, covered with heavy road tars on the lower panels, etc...I bet that it's going to be a tough job for the next wash. These contaminants are accumulated and baked on the paint surface while your car is exposed to the hot sun and a regular car wash will not remove them at all. The only way to get back the show car shine is by going through all of the complete detailing steps. Washing, claying, paint cleaning, paint compounding, paint polishing and waxing.

Wouldn't it be more costly? Wouldn't it be more time consuming? Wouldn't it be more hassle? I couldn't stress more about the importance of washing your ride frequently (if you think driving a shiny car is a pride). And if you spend 1 hour per week to wash your car, you're just going to spend 4 hours per month. If you wash your car once a month, you're likely going to spend 2-3 hours to wash the car, and another 5-8 hours to redo the surface prep job.

I'll guarantee your car will still be in mint condition at a minimal cost if you could think like me. Cheers.