Ford F-150/F-250: How to Wash and Wax Your Truck

Even if you only have twenty minutes, washing and waxing your Ford F-150 or Super Duty is simple, but there is more to it than just spraying water.

By Makeda - November 6, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Many of us forget the importance of keeping the surface of our Ford F-150 or Super Duty clean. Over time, if we choose not to, the paint and the overall value will deteriorate losing the appearance of a well-kept automobile. Take the time to clean your car once a week. In winter conditions, have it rust sprayed and wash it once spring arrives. Before you decide to rust spray your car, consult a professional opinion first. This may sound like a lot of work but it is well worth it if people can’t tell the age of your car or it keeps its value when you’re ready to trade it in.

Materials Needed

  • Water blade
  • Lambswool car mitt
  • Car vacuum
  • Spot and stain remover
  • Paper towels
  • Wax
  • Wheel cleaner
  • Clay bar
  • Ammonia-free cleaner

Step 1 - Park and spray

Figure 1. Spray your truck with water.

Park your car in a shady area. Shower your car with a lot of water and use Motorcar detail wash by spreading it over the car with a lambswool wash mitt. Search for deep stains on the surface of the car and spray the area with detailing spray.

Step 2 - Check for dirt

Figure 2. Use clay bar.

Put your hand on the hood of the vehicle. If the surface is smooth, this means you are doing a good job so far in the cleaning process. If you feel dirt, use a clay bar to remove the dirt by flattening the bar flat, spray it with detailer and rub it on the surface.

Step 3 - Wax the car

Figure 3. Wax your truck.

Depending on the condition of your car, buying the right kind of wax will get the job done. Use a multistage system if there are scratches and swirl marks. A car in good shape only needs a wax.

Pro Tips

Use as much water as you can to wet your car to help the surface stay lubricated from scratches or swirl marks. Try to avoid washing your car on a hot day. The heat will dry the water on the surface quickly and soapy water will prevent scratches from the swirls you make with your sponge.

Washing your car midday or after a long distance drive can put a crack in your windshield if the water is cold and the window is hot.

Pressure washers specifically designed for washing automobiles are safe to use on low pressure since high pressure may create tiny scratches.

Understand your car and find out what type of paint you have before you buy the car wash soap. Using the wrong soap can remove wax and sealant leaving a residue.

Since wheels collect more dirt than the actual car itself, use a different brush or sponge to avoid scrubbing the same dirt on the cars surface. Rather than letting your car air dry or drying it with a cloth, use a water blade to remove a good amount of water. After washing a car, always make sure to wax the surface to protect the paint.

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