January 27, 2020
Keeping It Clean: G3 Pro’s Three Top Tips
Whether you use your Seven as Sunday spinner, track day hero or daily driver it’s safe to say that it’ll probably get a little dirty. So, what’s the best way to keep your Seven looking top notch?
The team from G3 Pro have pulled together three rapid-fire tips so you can maintain that showroom shine all year round.
In at Number 1 – Work from the Wheels
Whether it’s on the road or on the track, dirt and dust from the surface is picked up easily. Combined with hot iron particles expelled during braking, your wheels go through a lot.
To effectively clean your Seven, always start with the wheels. You’ll want a separate bucket and dedicated wheel brush or wash mitt for this bit as this job is particularly grubby. For this, you’re best using a pH neutral wheel cleaner, something more gentle than acid cleaners of old.
We’d recommend using the G3 Professional Wheel Cleaner which is designed for all wheel types including alloy, steel, chrome and painted. It also changes colour to show that iron particles have been dissolved, leaving a shiny, factory fresh look when you’re finished.
Part 2 – Roof Up, Top Down
Sevens are unique in their construction, and there are a number of significant differences compared to a normal car. From the lightweight aluminium panels and composite nose cone, to carbon fibre flourishes and the distinctive bonnet vents, it certainly stands out from the crowd.
First things first, you’ll want to make sure you have the roof up for this bit to spare your interior being caught by any rogue water. Start from the top of the car and work each panel individually until you’re back to the wheels.
Using a gentle shampoo like, G3 Pro’s Wash & Wax, clean the panel and remove any dirt that has made its way onto your Seven. Once satisfied, rinse the panel and remove any excess shampoo.
*Bonus Tip* Double-up on your buckets, have one which has clean water in to one side and rinse your wash mitt or sponge in between panels.
Once you’ve done all the panels, rinse the car over clean water using a hose, or a pressure washer on a low setting, making sure you avoid vents, intakes and the interior.
And last, but by no means least…
To stay one step ahead, make sure you’re protecting your Seven at the end of every wash. By applying a wax or sealant, you will not only better defend your paintwork, but you’ll improve the lifespan and prevent discolouration in the future.
A good carnauba paste wax or SiO2 based spray sealant add a gloss layer, however did you know that they also protect the paint from direct contact with dirt and other contaminants that would otherwise sit directly on the bodywork.
This is where the scientific bit comes into play, the hydrophobic properties of the coatings also provide water beading (small droplets) on the vehicle, and easily roll off to reduce marks from standing water.
So there you go, three steps to make your Seven look as fresh as the day it left the factory. For more information on how to keep your Caterham pristine, check out the G3 Pro Playlist on our YouTube Channel.