Right before the rain started I washed and waxed my truck. I first sprayed fresh water on the truck to take off any loose dirt. I did the same for the wheels and wheel wells.
I then cleaned the wheel wells first and the tires. I used spray on product that was supposed to break up and dirt / assist in the cleaning of the wheel wells. I don’t believe it worked that great. If you use products like that, make sure you spray it all off with water. You don’t want any kind of build up to accumulate over time.
After the wheels I very carefully used a soft pad with car soap on it to lightly wipe the truck down. I had to buy a soft pad that had an extension to get the top. I don’t recommend you go with the harsher brush type. The one I used was soft like cotton balls. I misted off the soap and repeated.
I then dried the car off and used a quick wax spray that had good reviews. These types of sprays require some work but not a whole lot. They also don’t last as long as a regular wax. I did some research and found out it was suggested you wax your car at least 4 times a year. A lot of people in northern states do it right before it starts snowing to protect their paint. After the week of rain my car looks dusty and dirty again. The next time I wash my car I’m going to use a wax that had greater durability reviews. I will also change out the differential fluid when the car is dried off. It is a better practice to work on your car when it is clean. The last thing you want to do is get dirt inside of your engine, transmission, differential or any type of fluid system.