Thinking of wiping that thin layer of ash off your car? If only it were that simple.
Experts say you shouldn’t try to wipe the ash off since that could leave scratches or streaks. Instead, thoroughly wash and dry your vehicle to make sure you get it all.
“It’s an abrasive material, kind of like a fine sand,” said Michael Matos, service manager at Mullinax Ford of Olympia.
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The dealership typically washes its new cars two or three times a week. This week, workers were carefully drying each vehicle too, since any leftover water could mix with ash and eat through the clear coat.
At the Shur-Kleen Car Wash in Lacey, manager Daniel Coulter said he had more customers than usual for a cloudy Wednesday.
“Probably the majority of the cars we’ve done in the past two days have been ash related,” Coulter said.
He recommends not letting the ash sit on your car until it gets wet. And look: The National Weather Service says there is a small chance of showers for Olympia on Thursday through Saturday.