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How To Wash Your Car

Detailing 101: The Basics

So, you’re tired of paying people to wash your car and automated tunnel washes leave ugly scratches and swirls on your ride. You’re ready to take the next step and wash your own car, but where do you start? Fear not, this article will explain all the car washing basics, so you can get off the sofa and out washing your car in no time! First, you're going to need some supplies.

Every loving car owner should own the following: 

TWO BUCKET METHOD

Start off filling both your buckets with water: one for rinsing and one for washing. Press a Dirt Trap wash screen to the bottom of each bucket, which will trap abrasive dirt and debris under the screen. Then, add 1 - 3 oz of your favorite Chemical Guys car wash soap to one of the buckets. The first wash bucket is for the soap solution and mitt, and the second bucket is plain water used to rinse the wash mitt clean.

WASH THE CAR

Rinse the car to remove any loose dirt and debris and to start breaking down stuck-on filth and grime. Then, pick up soapy suds with the microfiber wash mitt and gently clean off the abrasive dirt and grime from the vehicle paintwork. Work in straight lines, never in circular motions. Simple gravity causes abrasive dirt and debris to flow down, so work from top to bottom to avoid redirtying the areas you just cleaned.

RINSE AND DRY

After one or two panels, it’s time to clean the dirt off the wash mitt. Dunk the dirty wash mitt in the second fresh water bucket to purge dirt and grime from the wash mitt. Scrub the wash mitt against the Dirt Trap to push the dirt through the cyclone funnels and trap it underneath the insert. Wring the mitt out on the ground to purge any loose dirt particles from the mitt before returning to the soap bucket for another pass on the vehicle. Rinse the car with fresh water after cleaning the entirety of it and then dry the car with After Wash paired with a large microfiber drying towel.


Two Bucket Wash

Time Needed

20 - 25 minutes

Expertise

Beginner

Prep

None

What else you’ll need

  • Dirt Trap Bucket Filter
  • Heavy Duty Detailing Bucket
  • Chenille Wash Mitt
  • Slick Car Wash Soap
  • Microfiber Drying Towel
  • Afterwash