Wash your vehicle in the shade when the body is not hot to the touch. Use a mild carwash soap and rinse it well.
Dirt can cause small scratches in the paint and the chemicals in some dirt and air pollutants can cause deterioration of the paint and trim. Therefore, frequent washing is recommended. If you park or drive your Toyota near the ocean or on salted roads, it is especially important to prevent corrosion.
Your vehicle can be washed in an automatic car wash. Remember, however, that the paint surface could then be scratched with the brushes. Scratches reduce the paint's gloss retention and durability. They can become apparent easily, especially on the darker paints.
The following is the adequate procedure of car washing by hand.
If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint, touch them up immediately to protect the bare metal from corrosion.
- Begin by rinsing all loose dirt off the vehicle with a hose. If the underside has picked up mud or road salt, use a hard, direct stream from a hose to remove it.
- Wash with a commercial car-wash product available at your Toyota dealer or autoparts store. Follow the manufacturer's mixing instructions carefully. Dip your sponge or cloth into the wash bucket frequently and do not rub too hard - let the soap and water remove the dirt.
To clean aluminium wheels, use only a mild soap or neutral detergent.
On plastic bumpers, remove dirt carefully and do not scrub with abrasive cleaners. The bumper face is soft.
Road tar may be removed with turpentine. Use warm water and car-wash soap for insects and tree sap. Commercial products are also available.
Do not use gasoline or strong solvents, which may be toxic or cause damage.
- Rinse the vehicle thoroughly. If any soap dries on the vehicle, it may cause streaking. In hot weather, you may have to rinse each section of the vehicle right after you wash it.
- Dry the vehicle thoroughly. If any soap dries on the vehicle with a moist chamois or soft towel. The main purpose of drying is to remove excess water so that the vehicle will air dry without water spots. So do not rub or press hard, which might scratch the paint.
- If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint, touch them up immediately to protect the bare metal from corrosion.
After washing your vehicle, make sure the brakes are fully dry before driving.
Polishing and waxing is recommended to maintain the original beauty of your Toyota's finish.
- Always wash and dry the vehicle before you begin waxing, even if you are using a combined cleaner and wax.
- Use a good quality polish and wax. If the finish has become extremely weathered, use a car-cleaning polish, followed by a seperate wax. Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions and precautions. Be sure to polish and wax the chrome trim as well as the paint.
- Wax the vehicle again when water does not bead but remains on the surface in large patches.
Always remove the plastic bumpers if your vehicle is re-painted and placed in a high heat paint waxing booth. High temperatures could damage the bumpers.
Touch-up paint may be used to cover small chips or scratches.
Apply the paint soon after the damage occurs or corrosion may set in. To do a good job, use a small artist's brush and stir the paint well. Make sure the area is clean and dry. To apply the touch-up paint so it is hardly noticable, the trick is to apply it only to the bare spots. Apply only the smallest amount possible and do not paint the surface around the scratch or chip.