Winter Is Rust’s Best Friend

If you live in a snowy climate, as I do in wonderful Calgary (Canada), you probably have come across this dilemma before: your vehicle is filthy and needs to be washed, but at the same time you just know that as soon as you do some snow will fall and your vehicle will be coated in a nice layer of dirt once again. It’s tragic, but unfortunately, it comes with the territory.

The layman might tell you that it’s okay to let your vehicle’s personal hygiene slip during the winter, but anyone who is even halfway into cars will tell you otherwise. There’s a myriad of reasons for it, but perhaps the most important for those that live in a snow-faring area is the dreaded “r” word.


Many things can cause metal to rust, but the most common (and obvious) in areas graced by the beauty of snow is the combination of moisture (snow) and the various means used to combat the effects of snow on the roads (namely, loose gravel and salt). Washing your vehicle every couple of weeks goes a long way in the prevention of the formation of rust on your vehicle- you might even call it regular maintenance of your vehicle body.

If you have your vehicle detailed seasonally (as is recommended by many people) the detailer will likely wash the exterior and wheel wells of your vehicle. If you don’t have your vehicle detailed regularly (or at all) the onus is on you to be extra particular when washing your car.


Washing your hand car wash houston tx in the spring, summer, and fall is pretty easy because everything that you want to wash off is easily seen. In the winter it can be a different scenario entirely.

When you are washing your car always make a mental note to wash these areas a little more thoroughly:

The wheel wells – When you are washing your wheels take the extra time to wash the wheels wells. This will remove any accumulation of road salt and debris that may be stuck in them. Also make note to carefully wash where the fenders and rear quarter-panels meet with the undercarriage protector.

The exhaust – Many people will give their exhaust a quick rinse, and while that’s better than nothing, it doesn’t do a great job removing all the salt from around the exhaust hangers and housing. Stick the spray gun at a slight angle underneath the car and wash around the exhaust.

Panel gaps and creases – Panel gaps are a haven for rust-causing salt because many people rarely (if ever) take the time to wash them out properly. Make sure that you wash with sop and then take care in rinsing the panel gaps out thoroughly. This includes the gaps between the doors and fenders, trunk and the rear bumper, and any other gaps your vehicle may have.

It may sound like common sense, but as we’ve all learned, sometimes common sense isn’t all that common. Adding these quick additions to your vehicle care regimen may add years to the lifespan of its body panels.

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