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How to wash your car

Discussion in 'Car Care and Detailing' started by FinerDetails, May 11, 2006.

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  1. FinerDetails

    FinerDetails Official SCN Supporter

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    I've had a few PM now regarding this, and can't keep typing this out so here's a walk through :D

    Equipment required:
    2 x buckets
    2 x washing mitts
    4 inch sponge
    1 x hose with gun attachment
    1 x pressure washer (optional)
    1 x shampoo
    1 x MF cloth for drying

    Process:

    Add the recommended amount of shampoo to the bucket and add the required warm water. (adding too much or too little is equally wasteful). Now fill the second bucket with just warm water.

    Rinse the car using either a pressure washer or a hose. Try to use a trigger gun if using a hose and rinse the car from roof down. Pay particular attention to the areas that are subject to the highest volumes of contamination (sills, wheel arches etc).

    Using the first wash mitt dip the mitt into the first bucket containing the shampoo. Clean ¼ of the roof section, ensuring to work in straight lines. DO NOT scrub, or use circular motions. Once you have completed this section, submerge the mitt into the second bucket and shake to release any dirt/grit. Dip back into the shampoo mixture and clean the next ¼ section. Then rinse in the clear water before moving to next roof section. Continue with this process until the upper half of the car is clean.

    Then rinse out the first mitt and leave to dry in a clean place. Using the second mitt, follow the same process as above, and clean the lower sections. Remember to work cleanest areas first and complete dirtiest last. This ensures the shampoo mixture remains as clean as possible. Once all the paintwork is completed, rinse out the second mitt and store. Make sure to know which mitt is upper body panels and lower. Never use the lower panel mitt on upper panels. As time passes you will find the lower panel mitt will need replacing before the upper.

    Now rinse the whole car free of shampoo. To do this, either just an open ended hose, or a shower type trigger spray. ‘Water chase’ the water from roof down, following the flow until you reach the lower sills.

    Using the first bucket and the 4 inch sponge clean the front alloys/trims and rinse. Empty the bucket contents. Using the second bucket (this will now have sufficient shampoo from rinsing the wash mitts in it, clean the rear wheels, rinse and empty bucket contents.

    Fill one bucket with warm water. Using a MF cloth (ideal are Meguiars Water Magnet (£10 ish), dry the car from roof down. If the cloth gets any dirt whatsoever on it, rinse in the bucket and ring dry.

    If the MF cloth does become dirty over time, wash in the machine, on 40 degrees, with no softener, powder only.

    I hope this helps everyone?

    Regards

    Iain
     
  2. Spanky

    Spanky Banana Virgin..

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    Doesn't a pressure washer add to the marks left on a car, when rinsing the car initially...??

    I apologise if this isn't the case..??
     
  3. FinerDetails

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    only if you stand within 10-12 inch of the car...
     
  4. slick

    slick Bit of an animal

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    Thanks Iain thats a get help, thanks for the version copy too...

    Now just need to call you and go thou, "how to rid your black car of swirl marks, volume 1" lol

    Also do you know any detailers in the essx area at all?
     
  5. FinerDetails

    FinerDetails Official SCN Supporter

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    will ask about for you Slick! Will send you PM if find someone I can recommend
     
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    Saul <b>SCN Admin</b>
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    useful info so thread is stuck :)
     
  7. Empi5

    Empi5 Your scaring me.......

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    Iain, Ive bloody looked everywhere for that Hose Attachment, with the Shampoo Canister attachment. Ebay/Halfords/Garden Centres/ etc...... Cmmon give me some more clues ???
     
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    Scotty_b Leon Cupra 300R

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    Im not a fan of the pressure washer (as its seems to be a bit violent) whats the pros and cons of using one? Im currently just using a hose (well a bucket due to the shortage!) But im wondering if it would be advisabel to take the car too the jet wash (the DIY one) and giveing it a blast off before i start with the buckets.

    Ow by the way i replied to your thread on DW if no one gets back to you
     
  9. JKing

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    Empi5 Your scaring me.......

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    Wooo Hoooo Thanks very much M8.

    Right, who can recommend a soapy product that will cover the car in thick suds, ready for washing
     
  11. FinerDetails

    FinerDetails Official SCN Supporter

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    Hooray, correct products and good advice! Nice one Jking.

    iain
     
  12. JKing

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    :D I'm trying to educate my friends and relatives. Hard work though but I'm getting there. Having an afternoon session with the PC on mine this weekend. Poorboys SSR2.5, Autoglym SRP, Megs NXT tech wax and maybe some AG EGP.
     
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    FinerDetails Official SCN Supporter

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    me too, but no pics for some time, I'm just trialling some stuff you guys will get to see the results of next weekend! Mega mega post on its way!
     
  14. Empi5

    Empi5 Your scaring me.......

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    must be you mate, you saw mine being demo'd, so what you doing wronmg me ole spack
     
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    Fat chance living in the South East!!!
     
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    at risk of changing the subject slightly, how should you wash your car if, like a lot of us down here, you've got a hosepipe ban to contend with.......?
     
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    I mean with the snow foam, i think the power of the hose is not strong enough, it creates a small lathering but nothing like from the Jet Wash !!!!
     

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