Common Hazards

At Ultimate Express Car Wash your vehicle travels along a conveyor while dirt, road grime and salts are removed from the exterior of your car by the best equipment the industry offers, using safe soaps and waxes, sparkle soft material, foam and high pressure in our state of the art tunnel.

Some natural and man-made damage to your cars finish isn't noticeable until your car is sparkling clean. Fortunately many of the causes are preventable.


Tree Sap

Parking under trees during summertime can leave your car with drops of sap or a thin coating. Sap can be easily washed off before it dries. Thin layers of sap easily wash off before drying. Once it is dry it will require a solvent which also removes  wax and protectants. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.


Bird Droppings

Acids from bird droppings can penetrate your cars finish. It is important to remove as quickly as possible by softening droppings with a wet cloth or sponge, then carefully blot to remove. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.


Bug Spatter

Bugs with hard shells can pit paint immediately; acids can etch into paint if not removed promptly. As temperature increases, effects are accelerated. Remove as soon as possible. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.


Paint Oxidation

With the high UV rating in New Mexico paint whitens and becomes dull or hazy. In most cases the only solution is repainting, although sometimes the finish can be brought back with polishing compounds; once the paint becomes oxidized, however, it turns porous, and susceptible to continued deterioration from ongoing oxidation.


Oil & Tar

Driving on freshly paved roads or softened asphalt due to high temperatures causes your tires to sling tar and oils onto your vehicle. Once dry, they bond to the surface. Remove as soon as possible, bearing in mind that solvents designed to remove tar also remove wax and protectants. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.


Scratches

However careful we try to be, nicks and scratches happen. To prevent scratches do not place items on the painted surface of your car. Runaway carts or other cars can damage doors and fenders, so be mindful of where you park.


Wheels

Extreme heat from braking in normal driving can cause brake dust to accumulate on wheels and cause permanent damage. It is important to wash your car frequently to keep brake dust from accumulating. Avoid using acid-based commercial wheel cleaners which strip a molecular layer from the metal surface, and can pit the wheel’s finish. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.