Detailing: Chris talks about how best to wash your car without damaging the paintwork

Washing your car “incorrectly” will damage paint work, impart swirls and strip protection ie wax. I have put a brief description of how to wash your vehicle safely thus making your protection last longer and paint work look beautiful for many years to come.

First of all your going to need a lambs wool mitt, 2 buckets, one for wash solution and one for rinsing your mitt (this will be explained later), 2 grit guards, PH neutral shampoo, snow foam lance, PH neutral snow foam, acid free wheel cleaner, a soft wheel brush, and a drying towel.

Two buckets at the ready!

First of all I will remove all wheels, I will clean inside and out as well as remove all tar and iron fallout using a product called “Iron X” however lets keep this simple. Use a soft brush and acid free wheel cleaner on wheels. I’d recommend Valet pro wheels brushes (both can be seen in pictures) and Autosmart smart wheels.

Removed wheel awaiting Iron X treatment

The inner of the wheel awaiting the treatment                The difference is evident

Next up is the fun part, Snow foam!! Cover the whole vehicle in a nice deep layer, also spray wheels and arches. Then while the snow foam is left to dwell get a soft brush and work into all the gaps. You want the snow foam to dwell for as long as possible. Beware of direct sun and hot days; you will have to change your dwelling time for the conditions. Rinse the vehicle well.

Porsche 996 gets-a-foaming

Use a soft brush to get out the dirt                                            Rinse the well post foaming

Ok onto  the relevance of the  2 buckets and grit guards I use, which are nice and deep. This will keep all dirt and grit away from your mitt in the bottom of the buckets below the grit guards. They are also clear; this is so I can easily see if my water has become dirty.

Right so the technique used is simple, basically dip your mitt in the wash bucket, using light pressure wash in straight lines starting at the top of vehicle. I always like to wash inside the doors, nothing worse than a nice clean car and when you open the door you see dirt. Then rinse your mitt in your rinse bucket then back in wash bucket and continue.  What you’re trying to do is put the dirt in the rinse bucket, and keep it away from the vehicle. Rinse well again.

Precision mitting!

Applying the mitt to the shampoo                                         Washing the inside of the doors

Now using a drying towel dry the vehicle, open the towel out and just pull across the paint work, no pressure is needed if you have a good quality towel.

Finally dry off with good quality towel

All of the stages can be seen below in the gallery:


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