During the freeze-thaw cycles of winter, road film becomes especially bad. The oils in the
pavement mix with the water, salt and dirt washing over your vehicle. It creates a tough
tar-like film on the surface of your vehicle.
There are many factors that determine how difficult it will be to clean your vehicle:
- Newer paint finishes should clean easier than one that has been effected by UV rays, oxidization, fine abrasions
thin finish and age.
- Waxing your vehicle's surface can help protect your finish, but wax with silicones in it can attract and hold
the oils from the road.
- The process your car's manufacturer used to paint your vehicle
- And how well you yourself take care of the vehicle over time
- We recommend annually using a clay bar kit to remove brake dust and dirt that has embedded in the paint.
You will know you need it if your car looks clean but feels rough. A clay bar kit will pull this dirt out,
making your car easier to clean and feeling clean too!
While no one kind of car care advice can work for every kind of vehicle, the following are some general tips that will
help with most vehicles:
- A solvent is necessary to remove the oily tar from your finish.
- All solvents will remove remove your wax as well as loosen the tar-like road film.
- Friction may be necessary to aid in the removal of tar. Our self-service carwashes equipped with foaming hogs-hair brush
and solvent based tire-cleaner can further aid in cleaning the tar from your vehicle.
- We do not dispense solvents in our wash processes at this time.
- As a courtesy, we can spray you with a citrus-based solvent. Temperatures, dwell time and degree of tar can
all affect how well it works.