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View Poll Results: What does everyone use to wash their cars with?
Sponge 162 25.55%
Natural Sea Sponge 10 1.58%
Wash Mitt 214 33.75%
Microfiber Mitt 155 24.45%
Towel 69 10.88%
Brush 72 11.36%
Other(Please List) 57 8.99%
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:59 PM   #181
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Originally Posted by TritonX4 View Post
I use a method that is time consuming but worth it.

It is known for 2-2 bucket method.

What is needed?
-2 buckets
-microfiber towels
-shamwow or regular towel
-Maguiars wash and wax
-Maguiars leather cleaner and protectant
-Maguiars interior cleaner and protectant
-Armor All shine tire applicant
-Febreeze smell neutralizer
-Windex Glass cleaner
-RAINX 2 in 1
-Tree scent hanger



First step: The clean bucket I add Maguiars Wash & Wax (yellow) to form soapy water and I use a microfiber towel to clean the entire car.

Second step: After using all the soap on the car wash the microfiber towel on the dirty bucket and reuse on the clean bucket to continue washing the car.

~Repeat step 1 and 2 until the entire car has been washed

Third step: Same way as cleaning the entire body of the car but clean my rims spoke by spoke and in bet weens, then around the lip. Complete same steps until all four rims are done.

Fourth step: Use mother's back to black on flat black bumper and side portions that have residue on them that need cleaning.

Fifth step: Use RAIN-X clean & replant on all outside windows.

Sixth step: Dry car body with a regular towel or shammy.

Seventh step: Dry rims spoke by spoke, in betweens, and around the lip with a dry microfiber towel.

Eighth step: Apply Armor All tire shine gel around all four tires.

First step: Use FEBREEZE air neutralizers

Second step: Remove and wash all purpose duty floor mats (if you have if not skip until third step) and replace.

Third step: Vacuum floors and dashboard cracks were dust can accumulate.

Fourth step: Remove cup holder and middle piece rubber compartments, clean them, and replace.

Fifth step: Clean leather seats with Maguiars leather cleaner and protectant

Sixth step: Clean dashboard, sides, chrome, and steering wheel with Maguiars interior cleaner and protectant.

Seventh step: Clean all inside windows and mirrors with WINDEX or ALL PURPOSE GLASS CLEANERS.

Eighth step: Apply car scent tree (scent of your choice).

This is a long process that takes about 1-2 hours to complete but in the end it pays off and I do it on a 2 week basis and keeps my car clean, smelling good, and most importantly feeling sleek.

Hope you guys enjoy my method.
Thanks, very nice write up.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:51 AM   #182
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I usually buy wash/wax from Wal Mart, but I live on a gravel road and usually only wash when I'm going out. I recently cruised around with a buddy from Stl and he has a detailing business and used some of his products on my car...Amazing difference, he told me a lot of his stuff comes from detailking.com
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:34 PM   #183
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All Griots Garage stuff: MicroFiber Wash Mitt and their Car Wash. I also use their synthetic and microfiber drying towels.
Nice stuff, although I don't use their Best in Show wax any more; it's really good, but it's a bitch to remove if you put it on too heavy.
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I live in the Pac NW, and off a half mile, un-maintained dirt/gravel road. Washing my car is useless, unless I want to take pictures in my driveway. By the time I get off the gravel and onto pavement there is a fine layer of dust covering the car and the whole rear bumper is dust brown in color. If I wash in the city it gets fuxxed when I go home. I let rain wash my car, unfortunetly it has been about 3 months since it last rained here...
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:40 AM   #185
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I have a couple microfiber mitts that I use. And an ass load of microfiber cloths for detailing.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:24 AM   #186
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Macguires products are what I use with an orbital and have achieved great results
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Im a car detailer, 5 days a week working full time. I can tell you that the way we wash at work is by starting with the rims first using meguiars wheel brightner, it's hydrodiflouride acid, which just eats away brake dust without harming the rim itself. Then using a pressure washer we rinse the car from top to bottom removing any surface debris. Mitt the car using whatever floats your boat, I use a sheep skin mitt, then hose down again. To dry I use a California blade, medical grade silicon squeegee to get off most water, then I use an air compressor with a blow tip attachment. After all the water is from the cracks use a towel, I like microfibers, to dry off any excess water. Make sure you dry out your door and trunk jams, no one likes rust.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:21 AM   #188
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Originally Posted by lyonsroar View Post
I have one of those. I'm using it with this soap: http://www.autogeek.net/128ozdpxtfof.html . Seems pricey, but in 4 years I've used less than a gallon.

Looks like this on a car.

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I use the microfibre hand mitt with meguiars tech wash.. followed up by turtle wax hard shell wax an polish with microfibre cloth... gives great shine and lasts for a while even if it does rain!
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