How to wash a car is as much about "how to do it" as it is "what to use to do it".
I am amazed at how many people continue to get this very basic requirement of car care completely wrong. While many enthusiasts look forward to an entire afternoon in the driveway washing and pampering their pride and joy, most people consider car washing a necessary evil. Out-dated methods of car washing are not only causing you unwanted frustration, but most likely causing you to procrastinate your car washing duties to an ungodly length of time at which point you cave and resort to desperate measures that prove ineffective and possibly damaging to your car.
"Whether you look for excuses to wash your car or consider car washing a necessary evil, I am going to show you not just proper technique, but provide a rational alternative of how to wash a car."
As a mobile detailer I get around. I see lots of neighborhoods; both residential and commercial. What I continue to see is lots of people performing their car washing duties in really bad ways that produce marginal results. As a starting point we need to lay out some simple rules of the car washing game that we can then build upon.
How To Wash a Car: Do's and Don'ts
I love bundled products. Not only do they prove more economical as a rule, but saves me time in sourcing all the various products and tools necessary to complete a job.
Chemical Guys Car Wash Kit:
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Darren's Professional Tips: Chemical Guys has an extensive line-up of products and so far everything I have tried has proved to deliver professional results. When it comes to car washing despite the endless chatter of opinions, you really don't have to over-think it.
This car washing kit has everything you need to wash your car including the very useful "tool" called the grit guard insert that helps separate dirt from your wash water. This kit also has additional chemicals and products you will find useful in how to wash your car. I love car washing kits like this exact one as you covers all the essentials, allows you to try products you may normally not purchase independently, and you save money in the process.
Supreme Guzzler Waffle Weave Cloth:
Darren's Tips: If I was making a decision for you I would pick the quick Wash Bucket kit at the top. Not only does it come with everything (yes, it does cost more), but it actually comes with the specific tools I consider to be more safe and effective at washing your car; after all, how to wash a car is more than just the "how to do", but also the "what to use'.
This may sound shocking to you for a couple reasons, but I never actually wash my own cars; I either use the dry wash method, or I simply go to a local quality car wash. (yes, I really do this and I get a rash from friends that see the professional detailer take his cars to the car wash. I use the one next to our gym and let them wash the car while we work out)
Let me explain...
Outsourcing: See if you can't relate to the following:
A Better Way: Let me offer a better solution for you. Either switch to the dry wash method if you don't allow your car to get too dirty in between washing's, or find yourself a quality car wash and let them do your grunt work for you.
The heated debate of how to wash a car, car washing products, doing it yourself, etc., etc. will rage on forever! Visiting any car or detail forum will quickly overwhelm most of you.
You will find you are sucked into "expert" opinions regarding techniques and products to the point of confusion as to what to do next. Sometimes a voice of reason needs to be applied that will suit the 95% of us out there who want to keep things simple;
you don't have unrealistic expectations, you just want to know what products will provide quality results without breaking the bank or breaking your back!
So pick and choose among my car washing tips that come from decades of both personal and professional experience!