Best way to hand wash the car?

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All_Black
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Best way to hand wash the car?

Post by All_Black » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:52 pm

I've always used a sponge first, rinsed and dried off with a chamois, but the other day I decided to check if a chamois was better or worse than new fangled microfiber cloths. I've now bought a couple of 'waffle weave' microfiber cloths as it seems they draw dirt and grit away from the paintwork as they dry, avoiding micro-scratches.

So now I'm wondering about the initial sponge phase - surely scrubbing with a sponge also creates fine scratches in the first place?

I'm puzzled now. What should I be doing?


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Re: Best way to hand wash the car?

Post by mattb_srivx » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:16 am

Rule 1: DON'T USE A SPONGE

Seriously. Should always use a microfibre or sheepskin mitt. Sponges just move dirt around on the surface and can inflict some serious damage in terms of swirl marks. Ideally you want to rinse as much dirt off the car before you even touch it with anything.

Also traditional chamois aren't great for drying either, your best with a proper drying towel but a good microfibre will suffice.
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Re: Best way to hand wash the car?

Post by All_Black » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:25 pm

OK thanks, will look into mitts. Cheers!


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Re: Best way to hand wash the car?

Post by john002 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:57 am

i can only say I have used Sponges now with wash and wax + plenty of water, hosed off , finished off with a traditional chamois ( last one purchased from QD extra large, best one so far).

Been washing cars and vans for sixty years and always done it this way, never suffered swirls.

Can't see me changing anytime soon.
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Re: Best way to hand wash the car?

Post by mattb_srivx » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:18 pm

Each to their own, but there is a reason why the pros don't use sponges!

http://www.carcleaningguru.com/why-you- ... -your-car/
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Re: Best way to hand wash the car?

Post by piercedrab » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:36 pm

ive never used a sponge ive always used a microfiber mitt using the 2 bucket method with grit guards


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