We all love a sparkling clean car wash! But for most of us, car washing represents a love/hate relationship.
We love a freshly washed car, but hate the time and effort it takes to get there. Knowing the right products and the right techniques will dramatically change your attitude towards washing your car in a way that will put far more love than hate into this love/hate relationship.
I can reduce the topic of car washing into 3 main categories of people:
These people only wash their cars as a necessary evil and this usually means when the windshield has become so dirty they are forced to wash simply to see out the front windshield.
These people love a clean car, they know that dirt is not good for its finish, and want to retain as much resale value as possible, but also accept that life is busy and understand the need to keep things realistic.
These people live and breathe all in the name of their cars. No expense or effort is too much as long as their car looks better than anyone else's. These people tend to buy into every new concept or idea in the hopes that it will set them and their cars apart from the herd of "normal" people. They do not worry about efficiency as long as they are consuming mounds of time and energy fixating, working on, and talking about their cars. They are prone to every marketing gimmick the industry can fabricate and these people wear this as a badge of honor to have the latest and greatest of any detailing tool or product.
There's not much to say about this group of people. The only attempt I can likely have is to to let them know that dirt and sun or your enemy when it comes to your car. The longer dirt remains on your car, the more time it sits in the sun, the more damaged your paint will become.
So I recommend you act accordingly and at the very minimum; run your car through a car wash at least once a month. (your neighbors will also appreciate this)
The majority of you reading this will be part of this group. You want a clean car, willing to put in the effort, but keep things realistic as most of you will be taking care of a daily driver.
Next we have a group of people who are only restrained by the limitations of their bodies. This group of people are not constrained by time, but simply when their body wears out from obsessively working on their cars until the body wants to give out.
I too can appreciate this level of fervor! And when it comes to a sparkling clean car wash, only the two bucket method will suffice.