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Vehicle Washing Tips Merced CA

Although modern vehicle finishes are quite durable and resistant to environmental elements, the paint still needs to be washed on a regular basis to prevent buildup of elements that could permanently harm the finish of your vehicle. In addition, there are the obvious aesthetic benefits to having a clean vehicle.

Rich's Auto Body, Inc.
(209) 723-1022, 001-2004
923 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Merced, CA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Firestone Car Care
(209) 384-9710
1021 W Main Street
Merced, CA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies

Garza Tire & Wheel
(209) 357-2023
6886 N Santa Fe Drive
Winton, CA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies, Towing, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Sat
Payment Options
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA

Merced Shed & Garage
(209) 384-4000
2176 Ashby Rd
Merced, CA
 
Sears Roebuck and Company
(209) 725-2328
1011 West Olive Avenue
Merced, CA
Services
Clutch Repair

Courtesy Auto Body Center
(209) 383-3841, 001-2004
1385 West 15th Street
Merced, CA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Discount Smog & Repair
(209) 726-3870
1038 West 18th Street
Merced, CA
Services
Auto Air Conditioning & Heating Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Auto Emissions Testing & Repair, Auto Oil & Lube, Brakes Service & Repair
Products
Belts, Starters, Shocks, Brakes, Tires, Retreads, Air Filters, Batteries,

Leo's Garage
(209) 722-0919
2640 W 16th St
Merced, CA
Specialty
Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Alsham Auto Enterprises
(209) 726-3445
2284 Ashby Rd
Merced, CA
 
Autobahn - Tech
(209) 947-0122
1978 Business Parkway
Merced, CA
 
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Although modern vehicle finishes are quite durable and resistant to environmental elements, the paint still needs to be washed on a regular basis to prevent buildup of elements that could permanently harm the finish of your vehicle. In addition, there are the obvious aesthetic benefits to having a clean vehicle.

Why wash my car?
Modern vehicles are operated in some pretty harsh environments and are subjected to a continual bombardment of potentially abrasive and corrosive elements. On the road, insects and bird droppings can land on the paint. In the winter, cold weather road maintenance bathes paint with a caustic salt solution, while summer may bring fresh hot tar that can stick to paint. Even while safely parked, dust, acid rain, pollen and bird droppings quickly adhere to the paint. Over time, these contaminants can chemically etch the surface, leaving permanent paint damage. Even plain old dirt eventually scratches the finish, while excessive road salt can lead to early corrosion. To prevent these types of damage, vehicles need to be washed with a good car wash soap and water.

Which car wash soap should I use?
Unlike most household soaps and detergents, which are designed to cut grease and oil, car wash soap is specially made to be gentle to your vehicle's finish. Car wash soap will not remove wax and other protective finishes from the surface of the paint. Special additives in the soap (called surfactants) lift and hold dirt so they can be easily rinsed off the surface. Other additives help lubricate your wash sponge to protect the paint from scratching. Some car wash soaps use a type of water-soluble wax to protect the finish even after the car has been dried. Nearly all specialized car wash soaps are sold in concentrate form as a liquid or powder. Mixed with a large bucket of fresh water, a few capfuls will easily wash an entire vehicle.

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