How To Clean Car Emblems and Grill

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Car grills and emblems are sometimes tricky to clean because they’re full of hard edges and nooks and crannies. While they’re not so important for the car to shine, if you’re a true detailer, you’ll also want to clean them as well. In this post, I’ll show you the process I use to clean the front car grill and car emblems.

Key Takeaways:

  • Wash the car grill and emblems in the pre-wash phase after spraying the car with snow foam.
  • Use an extremely soft auto-detailing brush.
  • Agitate those areas with a brush to remove and loosen all the dirt, dust, and debris.

How To Clean Car Emblems

car with big grills

The biggest issue with cleaning car emblems is that they’re usually pretty small, and because they’re stuck to the paint, plenty of dirt will accumulate on the edges of emblems, and typical washing procedures such as using microfiber wash mitts won’t be able to clean them entirely.

How to clean car emblems:

  1. Spray your vehicle with snow foam and let it work for a minute or two.
  2. Take a soft detailing brush.
  3. Gently agitate the area with a brush.
  4. Pay attention to edges. They’re usually the dirtiest parts.
  5. Rinse and continue washing your car.

If your car has metal emblems and they’re still dirty or full of water spots, you can also use some light polish or water spot remover to make them as shiny as possible again. Just pour some light polish on a clean microfiber towel and work it into the emblem. When it’s clean and shiny, wipe the residue off with another clean rag.

How To Clean Front Grill on Cars

front car grill

Car mesh grill is usually hard to clean because it’s positioned at the front of the car, meaning that all the bugs, road dirt, and other debris will stick on it, especially if you’re often driving on highways.

How to clean the front car grill:

  1. Spray bug and tar remover product on the front car grill. This will help to soften dirt and debris, so they’re easier to clean later on.
  2. Use snow foam and spray the vehicle.
  3. Let the foam start working.
  4. Use a soft detailing brush and agitate the area, trying to reach as deep as possible. You can also use small wheel brushes if they can go through the grille.
  5. When you’re finished, rinse and continue with a typical wash.

You can also use this method to clean all hard-to-reach areas on your bumper, especially if those parts aren’t painted but are made of hard plastics. Those are usually areas around fog lights and even fake exhausts at the back of your vehicle.

If your car has a stainless steel grill, you might want to polish it after washing the car. Using some gentle metal polish will do the task.

Just pour a bit of polish paste onto a clean microfiber towel and polish it into the grille. When you’re finished and the grille is clean from dirt, dust, swirl marks, and scratches, wash and dry it again.

Stainless steel grills are fantastic and improve the appearance of your car, but only if they’re maintained well. So, make sure that they’re always clean and scratch-free.

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