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How to Wash Your RV

How to Wash an RV

You can easily wash your RV and keep it clean. It is important to use the correct cleaning products for your type of RV, so check before you start! Climb onto your roof and wash it with a cleaning solution and soft-bristled brush. Then, carefully climb off your roof and start scrubbing the sides. After you’ve cleaned the body and roof, you can move onto the awnings and tires. If you clean your RV in manageable chunks, you can easily clean even the largest RV!

Washing the Roof

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    Climb onto your roof using a ladder so you can scrub it down. You can clean your roof the easiest by getting on top of it. Use the ladder attached to your RV if you have one, or set up a ladder next to the back of your RV and climb on top. Be careful when you climb the ladder! Bring your cleaning supplies with you, or have a friend hand them to you after you get on top.

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Clean with a pre-wash and non-abrasive cleaner if you have a metal RV. Metal RVs, like Airstreams, should be washed with care. Using the incorrect cleaning products can result in rust or damages. For best results, first apply a pre-wash to get rid of the majority of dirt and grime. Spray the pre-wash over all of your RV, and scrub it using a soft-bristled brush. You can wipe away the residual dirt and grime. Then, spray a non-abrasive cleaner over all of your RV, and use your soft-bristled brush again to remove trapped dirt.This way, you will keep your metal RV looking great in between washes.[1]

  • Use these products to clean both the roof and the body of your RV.
  • In addition, you can check your manufacturer instructions to ensure you are using the right product.
  • Pre-wash is a highly concentrated cleaner that helps remove black streaks, road grime, and insect residue.

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Select a standard car wash cleaner if you have a painted metal RV. If your RV is made out of metal but has a painted exterior, then you can wash it just like you wash your car. You can use either standard car washing cleaner or a cleaner specifically made for metal-bodied RVs.[2]

  • Purchase these products at either car supply or camping supply stores.

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Use an RV cleaning product if you are cleaning a fiberglass RV. You can either purchase separate cleaning products for your roof and your RV body, or you can use a wash-and-wax product that cleans your RV and protects it for the future. To use, spray it directly onto your roof in thin, even layers.[3]

  • If your cleaning solution does not come in a spray bottle, you can either pour it into one, or you can apply it to a clean towel and rub in the cleaner by hand.
  • You can purchase these cleaning supplies from camping stores.

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Work in 6 ft × 6 ft (1.8 m × 1.8 m) sections when cleaning your roof. Cleaning your RV in smaller sections breaks down the job into smaller chunks so you can easily clean all dirt and debris from your RV. It is also easier and safer to clean your RV in small sections at a time

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Use a soft-bristled brush on an extension pole to scrub your roof. You can purchase brushes at most home supply or camping supply stores. Look for a soft-bristled brush so you don’t scratch your roof, and get an extension pole about 3–5 ft (0.91–1.52 m) long. After you’ve sprayed cleaning product on your roof, hold the extension pole in your hand, and move your brush back in forth in quick, small movements to scrub away dirt.[5]

  • The extension pole helps you easily scrub the roof while you are standing on top of it.
  • Scrub over all of your roof until all dirt is lifted away. If you need to, apply more cleaning solution as you go.

Self-Service Car Wash Facts

Washing your own car can be Fun, Economical, Good Exercise, and leads to Better Car Care !

Its fun, especially in the summer at the Topaz Super Car Wash Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada because you can cool yourself down !

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Its economical and water wise, you use less water at the car wash than with a garden hose ! At the Topaz Super Car Wash Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada

Its good exercise because you are outdoor and MOVING !!!! At the Topaz Super Car Wash Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada

Better car care because you avoide scratchy tunnels and hand wash monsters, at the Topaz Super Car Wash Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada !

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Natural Hogs Hair Brushes for your Car

Boar’s hair is nature’s most durable hair. This soft yet strong hair is more durable than camel hair and sheds less than horse hair. It’s no wonder that so many car collectors and aficionados use nothing but genuine boar’s hair brushes to gently clean their fine vehicles.
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Boar’s hair is naturally thick and sturdy. It doesn’t fall limp when wet and it holds a tremendous amount of water. These features make it the ideal paint-safe wash tool for fine finishes. The bristles easily release dirt into the wash bucket rather than rubbing it on the vehicle. And, because there are no nylon or other synthetic bristles, a boar’s hair brush will not scratch delicate surfaces, like clear coats, gel coats, glass, Plexiglas or fiberglass.

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Topaz Super Self Service Car Wash in Las Vegas and Henderson features Hogs Hair Brushes !

5 Summer Car Care Tips
What to do, and what not to do.

The summer is when the majority of our exterior vehicle maintenance takes place. It is also the time that we get tons of questions about how to properly detail your vehicle at home between major cleans at our shop. This week we put together our top 5 tips for summer car care. A few are things you should ALWAYS do and a few are things you should NEVER do. Read on, and if you have any questions, just ask, we love to hear from you.

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1: Remove Bird Droppings Immediately

We wrote this up extensively before, but it demands repeating. If bird droppings or bug guts get on your paint, spray it off as soon as possible (even if you can’t wash the entire car) in order to prevent the paint from being etched. The longer contaminants sit on paint, the faster it can damage paint, so even carrying around a quick detailing spray and a microfibre cloth can help remove contaminants quickly

2: When You Wash, Never Use Dish Soap

Always avoid using household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint of your vehicle. These aren’t formulated for use on a car’s paint and will strip off the protective wax. Without the wax coating your clear coat is going to stain and discolour much more quickly than it should.

3: Apply Wax in the Shade Only

If you are going to apply wax at home, it should only be done when the paint has a low surface temperature. Be sure to do one body panel at a time as you work your way around the car. When you’re finished, wipe the wax off with a microfibre cloth. Going back to the wash tip mentioned above, using dishwasher detergent breaks down this protection faster, which removes your paint’s sun screen.

4: Avoid a Rotary Buffer

Unless you’re a professional, you should avoid using a rotary buffer to apply wax. These buffers require training and can ruin the paint quickly if used incorrectly. Instead, many companies now offer oscillating, dual action buffers that won’t cause swirl marks and make damaging your paint “virtually impossible.” They only make it worth the cost if you plan to wax 3 or 4 times a year, so you may be better off bringing this in when you would like it done anyways.

5: Pressure Wash VERY Carefully

Sure, a pressure washer can blast away grime and dirt, but those opposed say it can also damage a vehicle if you don’t know what you’re doing. You might force water into areas it’s not meant to go, rip off trim or peel paint if you happen to hit a flaw.

When it comes to pressure washing, the concerns are more than just cosmetic. According to DEKRA, a German safety organization, it takes only five seconds of highly pressurized water aimed directly at a tire sidewall to damage or weaken it. If it is the only tool you have, pressure wash from a considerable distance to avoid paint damage.

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant in Las Vegas ?

In Las Vegas, harsh conditions demand more frequent maintenance of your car, be it tires or coolant.

When is the right time to change your engine coolant? For some vehicles, you’re advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing it isn’t even on the maintenance schedule.

For example, Hyundai says the coolant in the engine (what many refer to as “antifreeze”) in most of its models should be replaced after the first 60,000 miles, then every 30,000 miles after that. The interval is every 30,000 miles on some Mercedes-Benz models with some engines, but on others it’s 120,000 miles or 12 years. On still other Mercedes, it’s 150,000 miles or 15 years.

Some manufacturers recommend you drain and flush the engine’s cooling system and change the coolant more often on vehicles subjected to “severe service,” such as frequent towing, which can generate more heat. The schedule for many Chevrolets, though, is a change at 150,000 miles regardless of how the vehicle is driven.

Many service shops, though — including some at dealerships that sell cars with “lifetime” coolant  say you should do a coolant change more often than the maintenance schedule recommends, such as every 30,000 or 50,000 miles.

Here’s why: Most vehicles use long-life engine coolant (usually a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water) in the radiator that for several years will provide protection against boiling in hot weather and freezing in cold temperatures, with little or no maintenance. Modern vehicles also have longer intervals between fluid changes of all types partly because environmental regulators have pressured automakers to reduce the amount of old coolant, as well as other waste fluids, that must be disposed of or recycled.

Coolant can deteriorate over time and should be tested to see if it’s still good, as it can be hard to tell just by appearances. Even if the coolant reservoir shows sufficient coolant level and testing shows the cooling and antifreeze protection are still adequate, a coolant drain and antifreeze flush may be needed.

The coolant can become more acidic over time and lose its rust-inhibiting properties, causing corrosion. Corrosion can damage the radiator, water pump, thermostat, radiator cap, hoses and other parts of the cooling system, as well as to the vehicle heater system. And that can cause a car engine to overheat.

Thus, the coolant in any vehicle with more than about 50,000 miles should be tested periodically. That’s to look for signs of rust, leaks and to make sure it has sufficient cooling and overheating protection, even if the cooling system seems to be working properly and the reservoir is full. The cooling system can be checked with test strips that measure acidity, and with a hydrometer that measures freezing and boiling protection.

If the corrosion inhibitors have deteriorated, the antifreeze coolant should be changed. The cooling system might also need flushing to remove contaminants no matter what the maintenance schedule calls for or how many miles are on the odometer. On the other hand, if testing shows the coolant is still doing its job protecting from overheating and not allowing corrosion, changing it more often than what the manufacturer recommends could be a waste of money.

How to Wax Your Car in 4 Easy Steps

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Regular car waxing will improve your vehicle’s look and prolong the life span of its paint. Learning how to wax and buff your car properly can save you a bunch of money over time. Do it at the Topaz Super Car Wash, 4860 Topaz Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89121.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need an electric orbital buffer, which can be purchased for as little as $40 (a higher-end model will run you closer to $300). You can also use a high-speed angle grinder with a buffing wheel attachment for around $50 on the low end and $500 on the high end. Buffing pads start at about $5 each, plus you’ll need buffing compound. You can buy car polish, car wax, and microfiber cloths in kit form for $10 to $20. At Topaz Super Car Wash in Las Vegas.

A high-speed angle grinder with a buffing wheel will give you the best result, but be warned: It requires practice to master the technique so you don’t unwittingly damage the paint. An orbital buffer is easier to use for the inexperienced, but it won’t be as effective—the rotational speed of the buffer isn’t able to strip back the paint as quickly. Deeper scratches and oxidation will require working the affected area for longer with an orbital buffer to achieve the same results as with an angle grinder. Topaz Super Car Wash Self Service Car Wash in Las Vegas.

Buffing

Apply a generous amount of buffing compound to any heavily weathered or scratched surface. Buffing works by stripping away a fine layer of paint and exposing the fresh paint underneath, and the compound acts as a paint stripper. Waxing your car immediately after buffing will replace the protective properties of the original clear coat.

Spread the compound out evenly across the area with the buffing pad (while the buffer is not in motion) to ensure that the compound doesn’t splatter onto adjacent surfaces. Avoid getting the compound on chrome, rubber, or glass.

Turn the buffer on and work the area in circular motions, holding the pad completely flat at all times. Turning the buffer at an angle or applying too much pressure can burn the paint surface and cause swirling. Work one quarter of a panel at a time until you get a bright gloss. The surface should feel smooth and look new. Topaz Super Car Wash in Las Vegas you can buff your car.

If the paint is in good condition and requires only some freshening up, follow the same method as above, but use car polish instead of buffing compound. You won’t need as much polish as you would buffing compound because polish can cover a greater area and will strip away less paint. Follow the process across the entire surface of the car until the paint is restored. Topaz Super Car Wash in Las Vegas you can improve the paint condition of your car.

Buffing should usually be done once a year. If your car is stored in a garage and its paint is in good condition, use only polish rather than a compound. If you live in a coastal region and your car is stored outside, it may require more frequent buffing. This is due to the high salt content of sea air, which causes paint to oxidize faster than it would in an arid climate. Cars parked under trees will typically be covered in tree sap and bird droppings, which can also damage paint. Your car could require buffing two or three times a year in these circumstances.

Waxing

Apply car wax using a clean buffer pad. Spread it evenly, gently pulsing the trigger of the buffer (instead of keeping the buffer turned on continuously). This will ensure that the wax doesn’t cake on the surface. Cover one-quarter of the panel at a time before removing the wax. Some waxes will require a set time before removal, so refer to the directions on the bottle. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the wax, using circular motions to achieve a high gloss. Topaz Super Car Wash in Las Vegas is where to wax your car.

Repeat the process across the entire surface of the paint.

Because it’s generally recommended that you wax your car every three months (but don’t buff every time you wax), car waxing is a good skill to have. Your car will look great, and your wallet will thank you.

Consumer Reports CarWash Tips

How to Wash Your Car

Tips for the do-it-yourself car wash

For many vehicle owners, washing a car by hand is a therapeutic act as beneficial for the person’s state of mind as to the vehicle’s appearance. That’s good, because frequent washing is also the best way to maintain a new-car finish. But as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don’t accidentally scratch or degrade the finish. Below are some basic car-washing tips.


More car maintenance and repair tips from Consumer Reports.

What Kind of Products Should I Use?

Don’t… use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren’t formulated for use on a car’s paint and may strip off the protective wax.

Do… use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt. (See our car wax report for tips and advice on all types of waxes.)

Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge.

Do… use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car’s finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that’s used on the wheels that come on today’s cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that’s labeled as safe for use on all wheels.

Are There Any General Guidelines I Should Follow When Washing a Car?

Don’t… wash your car when the body is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight for awhile. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form.

Don’t… move the sponge in circles. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And don’t continue using a sponge that’s dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.

Do… rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car. Use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. This creates a sheeting action that helps minimize pooling of water.

Do… work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.

How Should I Dry the Car When I’m Done?

Don’t… let the car air dry, and don’t expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks caused by minerals in hard water. In addition, don’t use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint.

Do… use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or soft terry towels. If you choose towels, you may need several. It’s best to blot the water up instead of dragging the towel or chamois over the paint. The drying process can be speeded up by using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body, but be sure the rubber is pliable and that it doesn’t pick up bits of dirt that can cause scratches.