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    1. Junior Member
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      07-09-2015 01:51 AM #1
      Hello fellow people.

      I'm planning on washing my car down fully and wanted to know what supplies and accessories are generally needed to wash my car correctly and have a decent quality finish. Any ideas?
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      07-22-2015 05:59 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Leadfoot 657 View Post
      Hello fellow people.

      I'm planning on washing my car down fully and wanted to know what supplies and accessories are generally needed to wash my car correctly and have a decent quality finish. Any ideas?
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      very loaded question as everyone and their mom has their own 'favorite' brands...

      what you'll need:
      2 wash buckets (1 for soap/water, 1 for clean water)
      good micro fiber wash mit
      tire cleaner (not wheel cleaner)
      separate mit/soft sponge for lowest couple of inches of body panels
      nice microfiber towels to dry
      detailer spray if you wish
      clay bar if you really want to get her smooth

      if i were you, i'd search youtube for videos/suggestions/tips or visit the vortex detailing forum http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisp...etailing-Forum
      as far as to the HOW, here is what i generally do
      soap/water in 1 bucket, clean water is 2nd bucket
      hose off car (i typically focus on one area rather than hosing the whole car down at once)
      start at top of car and work way down and around. after washing one particular section, i hose it off before moving to the next section
      tires/wheels can be done first or last, whichever. it may be good to use a separate sponge/wheel brush for these so that the contents/dirt do not get smeared along the body panels.
      wipe excess water from car (i dont attempt to dry it here)
      pull car into garage (just to get it out of the sun/heat, although i know this may not be an option for everyone)
      if not using a claybar: apply detailing spray -i usually use 1 towel with the first pass in wiping off the spray and a second for a second pass to completely dry the area, changing the parts of the towels as i go
      if using a claybar: (if using a claybar, it's rather straight-forward but it will take some time and is probably a good thing to do every once in a while.)
      after whole car has been massaged by the claybar, i'd go over the car with the detailing spray at this time.
      Last edited by Godsspeed; 07-22-2015 at 06:08 PM.

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      01-09-2017 12:26 AM #3
      Never wash a hot car, paint needs to cool to the touch!

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