Get down, and move it all around: Importance of Underbody Car Wash
For sure the title got you singing. But we’re not sure that you often clean the underbody of your vehicle.
Don’t worry. You’re never alone. In fact, the underbody is one of the most commonly forgotten parts when car washing.
This is when more hazards come into your vehicle.
Before we go through the proper care for your vehicle’s underbody, here are the reasons why you need to do it regularly:
- It prevents drainage problems caused by rocks and other particles blocking the drainage holes
- It avoids rusting, which is caused by the buildup of salt, sand, and other contaminants
- It keeps bare metal parts away from particles that chip your undercarriage
- It lessens the risk of heating problems – because the heat from the engine and transmission has a clear exit for ventilation
Just remember that when the undercarriage of your car is not in good condition, it also gives a bad condition to its resale value.
So, to avoid these nightmares from happening, here are the primary care for your vehicle underbody you can do at home:
- It is always best to remove all the debris with a pressure washer before anything else.
- Next is thoroughly coating it with degreaser and wait for a little while
- Clean areas with a brush
- Let the surface dry before adding other chemicals for protection
Give extra protection to your vehicle underbody
There are different types of vehicle undercoating you can apply. Carbalen Tire Spray solution is just one of the most common types of undercoating.
But being a serious car owner requires you to know the differences of each type. It is also important to note that the undercoating and the rust protection are two different things. They may be like Bonnie & Clyde or salt & pepper, but here are the simple distinctions between the two:
- The rust protection is usually meant for your car’s interior
- While the undercoating protects your car’s exterior
To add to your growing knowledge about proper car care, here are the various types of car undercoating:
- Rubberized undercoating
This type of undercoating is usually the best option for car’s underbody. Not only it is a protection for rust, dents, and moisture, but it is also safe for wheel wells and quarter panels.
A friendly reminder: Do not spray on parts that heat up for your safety.
- Polyurethane undercoating
Or polyurethane-based sealant.
This undercoating seeps in cracks and seams that removes salt and moisture. However, it may require a little effort of sanding and applying an etching primer before you can finally apply this undercoat.
- Paraffin-based undercoating
As cheap as it can be, the drawback of using a paraffin-based undercoating is it wears off quickly. But still, it can give a base protection to your car, particularly when your vehicle is exposed in moderately humid climates.
- Asphalt-based undercoating
This undercoating is usually for large trucks and heavy machinery – because they are highly prone to rocks, chips, and moisture.
An asphalt-based undercoating is an expensive investment but gives your vehicle maximum protection and helps maintain its longevity.
While we’ve listed out these tips to give your vehicle underbody proper care, it is still best to have it checked by the experts.
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