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View Poll Results: What does everyone use to wash their cars with?
Sponge 160 25.48%
Natural Sea Sponge 10 1.59%
Wash Mitt 211 33.60%
Microfiber Mitt 155 24.68%
Towel 68 10.83%
Brush 72 11.46%
Other(Please List) 56 8.92%
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:08 PM   #151
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I use the 2 bucket method. O-Rileys house soap for the under body/tires with a brush, then meguiars gold wash for the body. always pre-soak. apply soap with a microfiber mitt. allow soap to soak for a few so it can do it's job. rinse and 'doors open' hand dry. I use a small compressor to blow water out of crevices. I have Nu-finish on it currently. (Results are impressive (IMHO better than NXT), although removal is a major PITA. But yes, I will use it again).
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:30 PM   #152
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I use $ to go to the hand car wash. Well worth it.

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Old 07-07-2010, 03:16 AM   #153
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Honestly, I just use the normal cleaning utensils such as brush simple green and towel dry. But I always finish with a quick detailer. It's a wax on wax off spray that leaves my car looking gorgeous :]
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:15 AM   #154
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I take mine to a hand wash/detailer by my house that I have been using for about 10 years.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:56 AM   #155
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I use the 2 bucket method.
Ditto on the 2 bucket method. I always use the Optimum No Rinse on my vehicle and all of my clients vehicle. Wash on and wipe off. It takes me under 20 minutes to wash and dry them.

http://www.optimumcarcare.com/onrwns.php?li=2

From there, I will spray the vehicle with Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer for a quick wax.

http://www.optimumcarcare.com/oidet.php?li=4

Every 3 to 6 months, I will go in and protect the paint with Optimum Caw Wax that last for a few months.

http://www.optimumcarcare.com/owax.php?li=4

All is quick and easy with awsome turn around resolts.
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Old 12-24-2010, 04:45 PM   #156
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i use women to wash my cars.... Takes awhile and it ends up not being much cleaner, but it sure is a lot more fun.

Ok i kid. Normally id do it at home with my barrage of products, but ive been limited to the diy car wash by the college.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #157
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I'll use those 'trucked-up' wash bays during cold weather, and the hose/bucket method when the temp. breaks...
I use cheap, wal-mart car soap; I just use a ton so the lather is nice. Turtle Wax Wax-As-U-Dry to finish after the wash, helps keep it noice between wax/polishing.
It's just over 8yrs old and finally starting to swirl!
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:55 PM   #158
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I picked microfiber mitt, but it's actually a microfiber covered sponge.

Thats what i use, got it from walmart for like $3. I like how one side has the microfiber rope things twisted up and the back side has the more coarse stuff to scrub or pick the bugs and bird poo off.

I need to pickup another one and mark it. Ive used them helping my mom clean her car and my sister and my god their cars were nasty. I dont want to use em again on my car now.

I think ill keep one in a zip log bag or somthing just for my car and keep 2 others handy for when i help the people who dont really give a sh!t lol

I like the green with the strap, where did you get it. That would be nice to have to keep tell which one is just for my car. Ive been using the yellow with blue microfiber on it from walmart.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:10 PM   #159
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My regimen thus far with my '11 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.

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I use a microfiber wash mitt and microfiber wash tool that extends. I use a PepBoys bucket as well. I use plush microfiber towels to dry the vehicle.

Products

(1) Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax
(2) Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax
(3) Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Tech Wax (liquid)

**If the car is visibly soiled with dirt, I will use a two-bucket process in which I rinse the mitt and/or wash tool prior to dipping it in the soap bucket.

Process

1. Rinse car from top-to-bottom to remove debris and to wet visibly dirty areas.

2. Lather with Meguiar's UW&W in bucket.

3. Apply/wash the "top surfaces" of the car with the wash tool (it's on a handle that extends much like a brush) using gentle pressure.

4. Apply/wash the top side followed by sides followed by bottom surfaces of the car... always progressing from top --> bottom.

5. I use an old cotton wash mitt to clean the wheels and tires.

6. Rinse from top to bottom and blast wheel wells and undercarriage with water.

7. Dry vehicle from top to bottom using only the weight of the towels to dry the vehicle.

8. Apply Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax by spraying and spreading a thin layer with a microfiber cloth. I use a separate cloth to buff a few moments later.

**8b. Approximately once per month, I apply Meguiar's 2.0 NXT Tech Wax in place of the Meg UQW.

9. I use Armorall Extreme Shine gel on my tires. , it won't dryrot them I don't care what you've read ;)

This would be my process if I didn't have a VentureShield Clear Bra. Because I have one of these, the front of the car is washed and then I apply plexus in the same manner as Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax.

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