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Cleaning Door Jambs and Other Filthy Places on an Otherwise Clean Car.
So your car is squeaky clean, waxed and buffed to the max. Your wheels are clean enough to eat off, as is your engine bay. You revel in the shine and gloss of your beautiful ride. You open the door to jump inside and take a drive…
As you sit down, you notice an obscure area, visible only in a flash. You look again; it’s your doorjamb looking straight back at you. It is dark, uninviting, and elusive. As you disregard the neglected doorjamb and start to close the door, a ray of light shines through and lights up the dark crevice: Oh my Goodness!
Photo 1: S2000 Door Jamb Eyesore. White Lithium Grease applied by dealer during scheduled maintenance contrasts starkly with the bright red finish.
Photo 2: Grease has collected for a long time without being challenged. The worst part: the door still squeaked!
Doorjambs serve many purposes. First, they act as a seal between the door and the body, shielding the elements, wind, and temperatures from the cabin. Dirt many times accumulates in the jambs by design and is left to bake and freeze under sun and snow. Even more, these areas usually never get rinsed off when washed. Doorjambs also are the housings to the structures that allow the door to open and close; one or more hinges, door strikers, guides and knobs, each smothered in grease. Vehicle manufacturers and dealers slop up the doorjambs to prevent customer complaints about squeaks and noises from opening and closing the door.
Most people will never look twice at the doorjambs, but that is not the case with a car enthusiast or hobbyist detailer, or you probably would not be on this website this right now.
Why clean your doorjambs? It makes it easier to clean in the future. It makes the car look better maintained, and cleaner overall. We really hate seeing filth on our cars any time we get in or out. We’ve wondered if passengers ever notice how bad they are (OK, were). But the best thing about cleaning your doorjambs is you will greatly decrease the risk of rust forming around your doors, and gives you a chance to do an early diagnostics of any problem areas arising. Remember; the dirt, grime, grease, and moisture accumulate in the jambs and can stay there for years. If your vehicle’s roof “gutters” drains into the doorjambs, you have a perfect place for farming rust. This is especially important for domestic pick-up trucks. Once clean and waxed, no dirt will ever last there, and keeping them clean will be a matter of a quick wipe with a Quick Detailer after every other wash or so.
This will also work for trunk jambs, engine bay jambs, behind the fuel door, etc.
So how do we clean them? In a simple word: patience.
Cleaning your doorjambs will take some effort, and crouching down or lying on the floor for the harder to reach areas. This is nothing complicated or difficult so anyone can do it. Set aside about 2 hours in the shade on a cool car. We prefer to do the jambs before
We will refer to all parts of the door to body interface as the “jamb”. This includes the door edges, underneath, the A-pillar jamb area and the B-pillar jamb area. If a 4-door, then the C-pillar jamb areas and rear door edge too. The dirtiest areas are typically underneath the doors, so pay special attention there.