From time to time, we get the question: What’s the right way to wash my car? It’s a valid question — beyond wanting our vehicles to look nice and clean, we also want to make sure our investment is protected against possible damage caused by dust, debris, improper cleaners and materials, inclement weather, and more.

If you are like most car owners, your first instinct may be to take your car to the local car wash and allow their automated systems to send your car through a production line of replicated detailing methods. While convenient, most people don’t realize that you’re potentially doing more harm than good by cleaning your car in this way. Brushes are used on car after car, causing dirt and debris to repeatedly swipe against your paint, creating scratches, swirls, and other paint flaws. The damage left behind by these brushes over time can become a major issue, jeopardizing the integrity of your vehicle’s paint and other surfaces.

To protect your vehicle’s finish, and if you prefer to save money and have the time, we recommend opting to handwash your vehicle with premium car care products using the two-bucket method — one hand for washing and the other for rinsing. But the absolute best way to be sure your vehicle is getting the quality attention and treatment it needs is by trusting it to the hands of a professional detailer like SweetCars. We have the best and most trusted products available, know how to apply them correctly, and we exercise extreme care with our three-bucket process and foam cannon to avoid swirls and scratches.

This wouldn’t be a proper article on detailing if we didn’t mention a couple of additional products to consider in order to fully protect your vehicle. With these products, you can help prevent future damage and potentially save a lot of money over your vehicle’s lifetime:

Ceramic Coating — Applying a ceramic coating like Ceramic Pro to your car is always the best option to consider when deciding how to protect your investment. In Ceramic Pro’s own words, “Ceramic Pro is a multi-layerable, clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating. When cured, this technology will transform itself on the surface to a permanent, durable, yet flexible glass shield.” Applying Ceramic Pro will prevent environmental contaminants from bonding with your paint, thereby protecting the surface for years to come. To learn more about the science behind the product, you can give us a call at (260) 207-2277, or you can visit Ceramic Pro’s website

Paint Protection Film (PPF) — Designed to create a strong layer of protection against road debris like small rocks, salt, and insects, PPF is often combined with Ceramic Pro to create an all-around barrier against the toughest conditions. PPF, often referred to as “clear bra,” is the modern alternative to the old-school black vinyl bumper bras that were commonly applied to the front of a vehicle. It adds the ultimate protection from damage associated with everyday use, without sacrificing the look of your ride.

Protection for everything from your daily driver to your coveted show car

An important thing to remember about both ceramic coatings and paint protection film is that they are beneficial to all cars, not just exotic and sports cars. In fact, vehicles that see frequent or even daily use are often the ones that can benefit the most from these types of protection packages.

At SweetCars, we aim to help car owners and enthusiasts protect their investments and understand the dos and don’ts of car maintenance. Our team consists of a unique group of highly trained auto enthusiasts ready to help you make the best decisions in taking care of your ride. Give us a call today at (260) 207-2277, or stop by SweetCars to take a look around our facility and get one-on-one assistance.