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  1. How To Wash Your Car Safely 
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    Hi all,


    Here is a correct, safe and effective way to cwash your Pride and Joy without causing any damage.




    Elite Detailer Car Care Products

    1. Label your buckets "WASH" and "RINSE" with a permanent marker. This is important.

    2. Fill bucket "WASH" with cold/luke warm water along with the shampoo with the correct dosage as instructed on the bottle and then place clean grit guard at bottom of the bucket.



    3. Fill Bucket "RINSE" with cold/luke warm water. If vehicle is very dirty, put a small amount of shampoo in and place grit guard at bottom of the bucket.

    4. Inspect Lambswool Wash Mitt making sure it’s clean and place in Bucket “WASH”.

    5. Hose/Pressure wash vehicle down thoroughly.

    6. Place Lambswool Wash Mitt onto roof and wipe in straight sweeping back and forth movements.

    7. Rinse wash mitt in bucket "RINSE" by rubbing wash mitt onto the grit guard and then inspect the Wash Mitt.

    8. Now “re-shampoo” wash mitt by dunking back into Bucket "WASH".

    9. Repeat process 6, 7 and 8.


    It is important to regularly do step 7 while washing the vehicle.

    Here is the formation for washing the vehicle:

    Roof, Glass, Bonnet, Boot, Wings and Doors but leaving the bottom 6 inches around the vehicle untouched. This includes the sills, lower wings and lower rear quarters, lower front and rear bumpers. Now with a separate Wash Mitt you should begine washing the front end and work your way around the vehicle. This separate Wash Mitt should be used for this purpose only and should not be cross contaminated with the Wash Mitt you had previously used.


    Do NOT use the Lambswool Wash Mitt on your wheels.
    The above formation may read a little tedious but I can assure you that once you have done this process a few times then it will become second nature to you.


    10. Now rinse vehicle off with hose/pressure wash thoroughly.

    11. Now mist the entire vehicle by spraying the Drying Aid Quick Detailer. You will notice the water running off the vehicle as well as looking slightly streaky.

    12. Now using the Drying Towel dry vehicle gently without pressing down. Let the cloth do all the work. Again dry in the exact same order as the wash formation working in straight lines. Take your time and don’t rush.



    13. Any left over streaks can be buffed off seamlessly using one of the buffing Microfibre Cloths.

    14. This step is optional but well recommended, Mist a clean Microfibre Cloth with Zaino Z-6 or Zaino Z-8 and wipe over vehicle. A little goes a long way with the Zaino Range so only lightly mist the Microfibre Cloth. You should be able to complete an average sized car with approximately 6-8 squirts.

    Below is a picture illustrating the importance of using more than one bucket for when washing you pride and joy. You can clearly see which is the "Rinse" bucket and which is the "Wash" bucket. This process is far safer than using a single bucket because the likelyhood of you rubbing grit and dirt back onto your car is reduced.





    Wheels and Tyres:



    When washing wheels and tyres, it is important to not cross contaminate. It is often best to wash the wheels first. You should use a separate Microfibre Wash Mittfor this process and not the mitt which was used on the paint work. It is also important to scrub your tyres. Please take a look in the Wheels and Tyres section for a selection of products.

    Do NOT go from wheels and back onto the bodywork and do NOT use the same drying towel on the wheels as you do on the bodywork.



    I hope this guide helps you guys and doesn’t read too confusing. It really is pretty easy once you get the hand of it.

    Best Regards
    Elite Detailer
     
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  2. Re: How To Wash Your Car Safely 
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    Thanks. Excellent advice.
    Current Car: Skoda Octavia vRS Hatch 2.0TDi 170 CR in Candy White
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    Quote Originally Posted by prolfe View Post
    Thanks. Excellent advice.

    Thats no problem prolfe.
     
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    Thank you for this information.
    I keep reading the importance of 'staight sweeping motions' when washing or polishing, could you explain the perceived reluctance to circular motion.
    I have recently been made aware of the wash bucket and the rinse bucket method, it is quite surprising the rubbish that is collected.
    Best wishes
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnvw View Post
    Thank you for this information.
    I keep reading the importance of 'staight sweeping motions' when washing or polishing, could you explain the perceived reluctance to circular motion.
    I have recently been made aware of the wash bucket and the rinse bucket method, it is quite surprising the rubbish that is collected.
    Best wishes
    John
    Hi John,

    Washing in straight motions is more important than polishing in straight motions generally. You are more likely to cause swirls when washing rather than polishing.

    Regards
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    Very good appraisal, thanks.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by elitedetailer View Post
    Hi John,

    Washing in straight motions is more important than polishing in straight motions generally. You are more likely to cause swirls when washing rather than polishing.

    Regards
    EliteDetailer
    Please accept my apologies, I had asked that question and usually receive an email to confirm a response.
    My best regards
    John
     
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    ahh nice 1 ill remember this when my car comes back from the bodyshop
     
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    Great guide, Thanks!
     
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    Great guide thanks,

    Can you give some tips for cleaning the interior say if its tan leather interior?

    Ta very!

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