October 19, 2009, 11:34 pm
[quote name='MarkyR' post='46725' date='Oct 19 2009, 10:31 PM']Can I have a bit of help
I have a little Champion power washer, I used it with some old soap solution made for it I have, anyway, I also have an ad on rotating brush. It did an admirable job, but not brilliant.
So, is it ok to just use my power wash to loosen dirt on the car and then to rinse the car. Then resort to some manual labour with the following products:
1 of these (why do you need 2 buckets?):
A Zymol Sponge if I can find one.
Or this mitt:
Or these look good:
Wheels (Not bothered about my tyres) I've no idea, what do I need to clean them?
Do the foam lance add ons for power washers just spray the car with foam? Is that preferable to a bucket and wash solution?
I don't mind using one product like that wax or a polish if I can get away with just using one product that works rather then multiple products. I suppose I'm after mid range washing haha. And is a wax better then a polish? Thanks.[/quote]
A lot to answer here. Pressure washer - great. Brush attachment - awful, step away from it. You'll get grit and all sorts in it, then nicely scrub that across your paint leaving swirls or worse.
A pressure washer doesn't loosen a great deal of dirt alone, at least not safely. Blasting large amounts of dirt all over the car at high pressure can cause damage in itself. Much better to invest in the foam lance, gently foam the car with indirect pressure, allow this dwell for 15 minutes or so and then gently rinse using the pressure washer, again not pointing it directly at the car where possible.
Snow foam or similar should be done IN ADDITION to a bucket wash, not instead of. The pre wash is to loosen the dirt, the bucket wash removes it.
The two bucket wash is a the safest type of wash. One bucket contains your shampoo solution, the other is plain water. The mitt is charged in the shampoo bucket, but rinsed in the other. That way, dirt and grit collected from the car are left in the rinse bucket, rather than picked up again when you next charge the mitt and spread back over the car. I have a grit guard in both to make sure.
Wheels - Bilberry has been mentioned many times here and is an awesome product. It's an acid free wheel cleaner, so it doesn't eat the clear coat lacquer on the alloys. It comes in large quantities and dilutes down. Even neat, you'd struggle to damage alloys with it. You're making a mistake ignoring your tyres - some tyre dressing or gel is a dirt cheap way of making a huge difference to the look of the car.
The Dodo Supernatural mitt takes some getting used to - I sold mine. I think you're better off with a good microfibre mitt such as the Megs one.
Drying towels are all variations on a theme - the bigger the better as far as I'm concerned. I have all three of the ones you've shown, they're all excellent.