– Yo, your car is waydirtier than you think.
Your interior is probablyharboring more germs than a public toilet seat.
(toilet flushing) And the dirt in your engine bay could be disguising hidden leaks.
The bird poop on the outside of your car could actually honestlybe destroying your paint.
But today, that's what we're gonna fix.
I'm gonna show you the best wayto deep-clean your interior, including how to make sure youreally sanitize those germs, and how not to mess up anyof the materials in there.
Then we'll clean theengine bay and I'll go over how to hose things downproperly without frying any of your important electronics.
And finally, I'll show you theright way to wash, clay bar, and wax your car to keep your paint, or what's left of it, shiningfor as long as possible.
Let's go, baby! It's gonna be a satisfying day.
We're gonna clean this turd up.
(lightning crashing) – Okay, so we're pretty much all new-found germophobes these days, right? Well, listen to this.
If the average Americanspends over 290 hours in their car every year, that's seven 40-hourwork weeks in your car.
Every time you get in andout, you're dragging germs in from the frightening outside, like the gas station.
Gas pumps, for example, areover 11, 000 times dirtier than a public toilet.
(toilet flushing) One of the most effective ways to disinfect against coronavirus, which is what we're alldealing with right now, is isopropyl alcohol 70% or stronger.
So if you wanna sanitizeyour car after you go to the grocery store or what-have-you, a little bit of isopropyl, wipe down the things youtouch, like your E-brake, like your shifter.
So I'll kind of do one ofthese and wipe down the excess.
So a little isopropyl alcohol, that'll disinfect your car.
I think that's a smartthing to do with everything that's going on right now.
But we're gonna go way beyond that.
We're gonna detail this thing.
This thing's gonna be cleanby the end of the day.
We're not just disinfecting.
And we're gonna start with the interior.
And the first thing we'regonna do with the interior is sweep it out.
To do that, I'm actuallygonna remove the seats.
It might seem a little weird, but it's really easy to do, and it'll give us a lotof extra room to sweep, and we're gonna scrub the carpets, so let's yank them things out.
It was five bolts.
Center console is like, four screws, I think, and then it's out.
Might as well.
Totally worth it.
So much cleaning can be done now.
All right, so now we're readyto vacuum this thing out.
Use whatever you got.
If you've got a shop-vac, sweet.
Your mom's vacuum, cool.
Whatever sucks the hardest, use that, and it'll do what you want it to do.
It's very simple.
We're just vacuuming out a car.
(vacuum whirring) All right, we've gotthis thing vacuumed out.
All the loose dirt and debris is gone, so we're gonna scrub the carpets, and for that I'm using this.
It's turtle wax.
I've had good results with it in the past, but you can use anycarpet cleaner you want.
If you get your carpetstoo wet in the car, you can end up soaking like, the foam padding behind the carpet, and if you do that thenyou're gonna get some mildew and mold and your caris gonna smell terrible, so don't go overboard.
Just go just the right amount of board.
(brush scrubbing) Now, what's nice about thisstuff is that it's also good for use on the entire interior, so you don't have to be toocareful when you're spraying.
(brush scrubbing) We got all the carpetsscrubbed and now we're gonna do the rest of the interior.
Basically you're wiping downand cleaning all the plastics.
I'm gonna keep using this stuff.
It's been working pretty well.
And you can use soapy water or a number of other interior cleaning products.
For us, this seems to be doing fine.
Look how gross these old seat belts are.
It looks like they're mildewy.
I think they've been wet.
(brush scrubbing) Details matter.
Take a look at my, whatis this, my headlights? The switch is all gunked up and grimy, so to clean that out and makeit look kind of new again, I'm gonna use the old toothbrush.
(foam squelching) Just like that, too much.
But now every time I go toflick on them headlights or hit a turn signal, I'm gonna remember this moment.
All right, we got theinterior all scrubbed down.
Everything is clean.
Now it's time for some dressing and I'm not talking about ranch.
I'm talking about somethingthat you put on all of your vinyl, rubbers, and plastic.
All these black bits that start to fade, you can put some dressingon them and bring them back to a like-new finish.
Once we're done dressing, we'll put the seats back in, and then we're gonnamove onto the engine bay, which is so dirty.
(gentle music) Journey of 1, 000 stepsstarts with one mile.
All right, your engine bay.
You might not really careabout keeping your engine bay that clean but having a cleanengine bay can make it way easier to spot leaks andthus, diagnose problems.
So the first step to cleaningyour engine bay without damaging any electronic parts is to disconnect your battery completely.
That way, if you do get water in a spot where you don't want it, there's no electricity.
All you got to do is let it dry out.
All right, we're readyto clean the engine bay, but before we just go hosingstuff down and scrubbing, we just need to check allof our fluid caps like our dipstick and our engine oilcover and our brake fluid to make sure they're tightso that no water gets in, because we're gonnause some water in here.
Then I think I'm gonnaremove the intake just to get a little bit more room.
We're gonna clean theunderside of the hood, and while we do that, it's anice idea to do this to try to protect some of these electronics.
Now, that said, everything inhere is designed to be able to get wet.
I mean, when you drive in therain, this stuff gets wet, but some of this stuff isa little bit sensitive, so just to play it safe, we'll put the bag down.
All right, now that we'vegot the engine all covered, we're gonna spray some de-greaseron all of the dirty parts in the engine bay, thenI'm gonna scrub it, and then I'll rinse it off.
So to do that, you can usejust the old garden hose.
It'll do a fine job.
But to expedite things a little bit, I like to use this pressure washer.
I got it at Harbor Freight.
I think it was about $80, and it's not a very good pressure washer, but it's great for doing car stuff because it's not too powerful.
You do need to becareful when you're using a pressure washer.
You don't want to go sprayingany electrical components directly or anything like that, but if you use your brain, it can be a great tool, so I'm gonna use it.
(washer whirring) You know, this is really simple stuff.
It's just spray somede-greaser, scrub it down, rinse it off.
Do that a few times andshe's looking beautiful.
All right, now the perimeteris pretty much cleaned up, so it's time to takethe bag off the engine and clean that thing.
It's a dirty engine.
Boy, it's grimy.
(smacks lips)(deeply inhales) Well, I guess we better get started.
Well, we're gonna spray somede-greaser onto the engine bit by bit and we're gonnascrub it and then we're gonna rinse it.
There's nothing more to it than that.
All right, now thatwe've got a clean engine, it looks so much better than before.
I'm honestly pretty impressedwith how well this thing cleaned up but now it's timeto put on them finishing touches because that'swhat really matters.
We gotta dress it up.
Let's make them plastics like new again! It looks so much better.
I'm almost surprised withhow well it cleaned up.
(percussive music) Now the exterior.
A lot of people think havinga dirty car is just annoying.
It's just dirty, so what? Who cares? Well, leaving dirty or otherweird substances like sap from trees or bird poopfrom these (beep) parrots, that can actually harm your paint.
There are a few spots on theMiata that it looks like a bird pooped and it was leftfor so long the paint actually lifted off.
Now, washing a car is pretty simple, but you can do it wrong.
Yeah, I'm not kidding.
There's a correct orderto do it in and each step has a correct way to do it.
Have you been doing it wrong? Let's find out.
Well, we're gonna startwith the wheels and tires.
To do that, we're justgonna use the same wash that we're gonna use for thewhole car because our wheels and tires are pretty clean.
They're only like, three weeks old.
Just soap, baby.
Soap and a little water.
(gentle music)(washer whirring) One done, three to go! So here we've got our soaphopper for our pressure washer.
You put soap in hereand then it sprays out foamy, soapy water.
You can get one that justgoes on the end of your hose.
Those work all right too, butyou can also just rinse it and get right into it.
So we're gonna cover the wholecar with foamy, soapy water.
That'll help lift the dirtand help carry some of it away before we even touch it.
We're getting ready to wash the car.
For that, I have two buckets.
We're gonna do the two-bucket method.
It's pretty simple.
One bucket is just a rinsebucket for after you've got a dirty mitt, you rinse it, and then the other isyour clean soap and water.
That's important, but anotherthing that's important is your sponge.
There are a few different types.
What's right? Now, starting with the worst are these.
These cost like, 50 cents, and basically what happens when you wash with these, the dirt pretty much stays on the surface.
So if you've got a dirty carand you're washing with this, you end up just rubbing abunch of dirt into your paint, so I wouldn't use thosefor anything but wheels or your engine bay.
Then you've got these.
This is like a terrycotton, and these are okay.
They're pretty cheap, but they do at least hold the dirt a little bit deeper.
So these are okay, these are usable.
But this is what I like to use.
This is microfiber.
You've got a bunch of littlemicrofiber dreadlocks, and these are really goodat trapping dirty away from the surface of the mitt.
So we're gonna get ourtwo-bucket method going.
We're gonna put soap and water in one, clean water in the otherand I'll see you at the car.
Oh, that's fun.
Come check out my top.
All right, so we're scrubbing the car, but it's not as easy as that.
You need to think about whatorder you're doing things in.
So the easiest way to rememberis to go from top to bottom, and the reason we do that isbecause the bottom of the car is where things generallyget the dirtiest.
So you want to wash theclean parts for the sake of your mitt and work your way downwards.
So we're gonna do the top.
The hood, the roof and the trunk, all the upward-facing panels first.
(mitt scrubbing) Now that we've got afresh pad, into the soap, back to the hood.
(washer whirring) All right, we've got thetop all washed and rinsed, so now we're gonna do the second layer, which is gonna be thewhole way around the car from the moldings up, so like, the top halves of the doors andthe fenders and the bumpers.
(washer whirring) All right, we're gettingready to do the third layer.
That's gonna be the lower layer.
All of the moldings, all the real dirty part from the moldings down, all the way around.
Let's get it.
(washer whirring) Done! Not really.
We gotta clay bar it still.
So yeah, we just washedthe car and we washed it pretty good but there'sstill a bunch of stuff stuck in the paint all over.
It still looks pretty bad, so that's why we're gonna clay bar it.
All of this pollen and sapand junk that's embedded in the paint, the clay bar(clicks) knock it right out.
It's just gonna takea little elbow grease.
Let's get her back in the garage.
All right, so before we claybar, I'm gonna dry the parts of the car that we don't need to clay bar, like the roof and the glass, just so they don't get spots on them.
You can go with a bigfat microfiber like this, pulls the water away fromthe car as well as the dirt, which we talked about earlier.
And it's nice.
On a car like the Miata it only takes one.
All right, so we've got ourclay bar and the clay bar came with some spray.
This is lubricant that youcan spray on the paint, and then you rub the clay.
It's really simple.
It's just a matter of doing the whole car.
It just takes a long time.
And you don't want to usetoo much pressure here, just a nice, light pressure.
You feel it smoothing upthe more passes you make.
So it's just this times the whole car.
So it's not fun, but it's not hard.
Now that we're done with the clay bar, we're getting ready to wax the car.
We've got a paste wax andwe've got an applicator.
Get a little bit of wax on the applicator and come down here.
It doesn't take much pressure.
It's not like you're tryingto scrub or paint correct with the wax.
We're just trying to geta nice, even application, and it's just this for a while.
You do that pretty much to the whole car, and then you buff it off.
And you'll be left with a protected paint that also looks really good.
When you're doing this kind of stuff, you're gonna be workingclose to plastic trim, but you should wipe it offimmediately with a damp rag, because if you let itdry, it can stain it, and it's really hard to get out, so just wipe it off.
Okay, so our wax isapplied, it's dried up, and it's ready to buff off.
This is pretty easy.
You just do one of thesewith a clean microfiber and admire your work.
Well, we've got the wax all buffed off.
It's great, looks great, feels great.
There's just a couple steps left.
First I'm gonna hit the outside of the car with that dressing we were usingearlier for all our rubbers and plastics and our tires.
And then we're gonna clean the windows, and that's it.
(gentle music) (deeply exhales) Well, the sun has setand the car is clean.
That's it, baby.
There's only one step left.
That's to step back and admire your work.
It still looks like sh.
You might think that this is a clean car from like 20 feet away, and that's really what we were going for.
There's no fixing this paintjust by washing the car.
I'm not insane.
It does look a lot better though.
And all it took was a few hours of work and some pretty simple products.
So I hope you guys spendsome time in the garage cleaning your stuff.
And the really good news isthat since we're not driving that much, this thing's gonnastay clean for a long time.
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