Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide



A new Volkswagen should be washed frequently during the first weeks of ownership. This will contribute to the best possible final drying of the paint. The paint on a new Volkswagen is not really wet, but it is still relatively soft and has not yet hardened to the point where it should be waxed or polished. In washing the Volkswagen, it is well to have a soft sponge for the body, a soft brush for the wheels, a long-handled brush for the underside of the chassis, and a good supply of clean water. A chamois leather will be desirable for drying the car after it has been washed.

Dirt on the exterior of the body should be sprayed evenly with water, after which it can be removed with a soft sponge. The sponge should be cleaned at short intervals in order that abrasive dirt particles will not have the chance to scratch the polished surfaces. After washing, the body should be rinsed thoroughly and dried. The washing process may be made easier with various auto soaps and wash-and-wax preparations. After using any such detergent, it is very important to rinse the body thoroughly with clean water. A powerful jet of water should never be allowed to hit the painted surface of the car.