I've been washing my car all wrong all these years.

Discussion in 'Detailing Topic' started by iregret, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. 1971BB427

    1971BB427 Veteran Member

    Sep 16, 2009
    Portland, Or.
    Except for the fan, that's exactly how I've washed every car I ever owned. I don't use anything in the bottom of the bucket, because I rarely let my car get more than just dusty. On my truck I could care less if I get scratches or whatever; it's a truck afterall.
  2. XxWickedz28xX

    XxWickedz28xX Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    May 22, 2001
    Carmel, NY
    This sounds exactly like what I do, minus the leaf blower treatment. I use a soft clean microfiber towel to dry the car and it comes real clean! I do this on all my cars with great results.
  3. NotUniqueEnough

    NotUniqueEnough Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    I pay a good local detailer 100 bucks in the spring. then again in the fall. Stays nice the rest of the year all covered up in the garage ;)
  4. yoyo74

    yoyo74 Veteran Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Wallkill NY
    I wash my stuff in sections also.I use two buckets.One with soap and the other just to rinse the brush after each time it touches the car.It works well and costs nothing.When I am all done the one bucket and water are filthy and the soap bucket is just as clean as when I poured it...
  5. ZYAL8R

    ZYAL8R Veteran Member Gold Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    morgantown Kentucky
    Oh yeah I wash the daily with a hose and if I drop the mit or sponge on the ground I just keep on going with it. :)
  6. ZYAL8R

    ZYAL8R Veteran Member Gold Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    morgantown Kentucky
    Yeah I use both water and quick detailer and also use Micro fiber rags. The only bad thing about Micro fiber rags is they tend to hold more stuff in the fibers.

    DUSK BLUE Veteran Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    Florida "Land Of Q TIPS"
    This is so true, I use real cotton baby diapers..
    As far as washing my classic cars with water- NO WAY.. I use detailers only..
    I see guys all the time washing and using the water hoses on their cars.
    Remember: water goes into every unseen areas of your cars: door sills,trunk sills,rockers etc. should I go on and tell you what happens when that water just sits there...
    I understand the cars get dirty but if you need to wash them just dont use the water hose like a 4 year old would, be like surgeon and watch wheer your aiming it. keep the water away from the window channels trunk channels etc..
    And washing your car only makes those spider web marks you know the ones you can only see in the sunlight that make your expensive paint job look like crap....Though they can be removed with a good DA Polisher and good polish..
  8. Mark80Z28

    Mark80Z28 Veteran Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    You're talking about the swirl marks that the 2 bucket method, along with the Grit Guards in post #1 will help you avoid! ;)
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2010

    SPECTER Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    new england
    dude 130 bucks for the double bucket system! thats for the guy that already has everything he could possibly want for his car
  10. Mark80Z28

    Mark80Z28 Veteran Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    You don't need their whole setup. You can buy 2 5 gallon buckets at Lowe's for under $10, a couple of Grit Guards for $25 or so w/shipping, a nice lamb's wool mitt for $10, and another $5-10 for your favorite car wash concentrate, and you're good to go. I'd say $50-60 for the peace of mind of knowing that you're not putting scratches and swirls in your paint is a small price to pay.

    That $130 you talked about is for their overpriced buckets with the dollys, lids, and seats. All of that is nice, but you don't need it all to protect your paint.

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