Should You Wash Your Car Before or After the Rain?

car washYou plan to wash your car but the forecast indicates a rainy day. Should you wash your car before or after the rain? Should you not wash your car at all and let the rain water do the cleaning? We’ll provide an educated answer based on our own industry expertise.

Best Time to Wash a Car

First, we must point out that rain will NOT clean your car. In fact, it will make your car dirtier. Rain water collects contaminants on its way down. As the contaminated water lands and dries on your car, it leaves behind water spots on the paint. The effects are also just as pronounced on the windows and headlights.

If you still need to wash your car, should you do it before or after the rain? Ideally, we believe washing before is the best option. We are talking about a thorough wash and wax. The wax is especially helpful because it will repel the rain water off the car’s surface.

If you are unable to wash your car before the rain, then washing right after is the next best solution. This will remove the water marks before they have time to become deeply etched into the paint. Once the marks have time to bake into the paint, you will need professional vehicle detailing to remove them.

In either case, washing before or after is acceptable. The worst approach is not washing at all, believing the rain will do the washing if you park your car outside.

We Wash Cars Before and After Rain

Does the forecast predict rain in Lynnwood? Plan to bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail right before or after the rainfall. We will restore your car and eliminate water spots from filthy rain water. Washing your car before or after rain will prevent the appearance of an unkempt vehicle.

Professional Lynnwood Car Washing

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County