Tips for Washing Your Corvette

Washing your Corvette regularly is a vital step in proper Corvette care. Dirt, pollen, bugs, and dust are contaminants that leave lasting damage to your paint if not treated properly. Depending on where you live, we recommend washing your Corvette every two-weeks to keep everything looking its best.

1.       Select the Right Supplies  

When it comes to washing your Corvette, you want to make sure you have the right supplies on hands.

  • Car Wash Soap: Never use dish soap on your vehicle. Dish soap is an abrasive substance that’s great at removing dirt, but also breaks down grease and wax. Select a quality car wash that is pH-balanced and formulated to remove dirt without stripping away wax.
  • Soft Brush: A soft brush is ideal for washing wheels.
  • Wash Mitt: Look for a wash mitt composed of lambskin/wool or microfiber cloth
  • Two Buckets: We recommend the two-bucket washing method. Fill one bucket with the car-wash soap mixed with water and the second bucket with water. Use the water bucket to wash your mitt/brush after each section, before dipping back into the soap bucket. This will prevent contamination of the soap bucket and reapplying dirt to your vehicle.
  • Waffle-Weave Drying Towel: It can absorb 10 times its weight in water and will not scratch your car’s finish.
  • Microfiber Detailing Towel: Use to remove water from hidden crevices on the trunk, hood, and door jams.

2.       Wash in the Shade

It’s never a good idea to wash a Corvette in direct sunlight or extreme heat. Direct sunlight could lead to premature drying and unwanted water spots. For best results, move your car to a shaded spot before washing and make sure the surface is not hot to the touch.

3.       Start with the Wheels

The wheels are the dirtiest portion of any vehicle, therefore it’s always best practice to start here. Use a soft brush, especially in the crevices, and take the two-bucket approach.  No special soap is required, as quality car wash soap works great for tires.

Discard the soap and water from your buckets once the wheels are done. You will want to start with fresh mixes for the reminder of the Corvette.

4.       Wash from the Top Down

Before you start, inspect your Corvette for any dirt, bugs, sap, or anything else that should be addressed before washing. Lift your hood and discard any build-up of leaves or twigs. You will want to remove any pieces to prevent scratches or nicks.

Rinse the car, starting at the top and working your way down. You will want to make sure your car stays wet through the entire washing process to prevent wet spots.

Using the two-bucket method, start with the roof of the Corvette. If it’s a convertible top, you will want to use a soft-bristle brush in soapy water to work the dirt out of the grain using small, circular motions. From there, work your way around the car in sections, making sure to use light strokes to wipe and lift dirt. You want to avoid dragging dirt and contaminants across the vehicle. This could lead to scratches and marks.

Once you’ve finished, go back over the car one last time with a soapy wash mitt, then one last final rinse using a gentle stream of water. Rinse from the top down.

5.       Towel Dry

Finally, it’s time to towel dry. Lay the waffle-weave drying towel on the surface of the Corvette and apply light pressure to soak up the water. Lift up and wring out the towel before repeating the motion around the vehicle. This method has less motion and less chances for scratches.

For crevices around the truck, hood and door jam, you’ll want to use a microfiber detailing towel.

Finally, your Corvette is ready to go. Take it for a drive and show off its glistening post-wash exterior.

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