Any suggestions on improving the work flow?
Very helpful.. I actually use two buckets however that day the other bucket fell into pieces so had to use only one.Not bad. You need 2 buckets, one with shampoo and one with clear water to rinse. I would also use more wool mitts to wash and rinse more frequently and also more microfibre cloths and less rubbing and more just pulling the microfibre across the car. However, as your car is met grey you are quids in for not showing any swirls. Any further application to the cleaning and you are on the slippery slope towards becoming a member on Detailing World and once there you will never look at your car or treat it the the same again - avoid the site.....!!!!!
Thanks a lot for the note. I will keep that in mind next time washing my cars. INice video
I use snowfoam on a dry car, find it clings longer, also 2 buckets
Not sure what the wheel seal was but one I have used says don't spray on the wheel like you did as it gets on the brake disc and can put a seal over it which could, stress could, affect braking over the short term.
More microfibre towels and as said let them soak up the water, the Range were selling some that were about 3 foot by 2 foot for a fiver I think, pretty good or Costco sell a big bag of about 20 small ones for £12 I think...
I use Aqua wax before and spray over everything bar the windscreen.....
Where are you based as see your MINI came from Park Lane?
Hi there,I am also in Windsor and got my car from Park Lane. Can't work out where you are from your video but i am in Clewer. I am bordering on being obsesive about keeping on top of cleaning my black Cooper. The only other person to get his hands on my car was the professional detailer that did my car just after delivery in June 14, Sytners over in Slough know not to touch the car when it goes into them. I use a company over in Maidenhead for my supplies and they are great for advice, unsure about naming them as I do not want to break th rules.
I'll start off by saying good effort on the video, I didn't know karcher had a go-pro mount, whatever next. I'm sure we've all got variations around the same idea, so I won't bore you with my routine.
A couple of points:
1) Is that snowfoam, or shampoo in the bottle? If it's snowfoam apply to a dry car, they tend to work better, it will dwell longer, and you've improved workflow by cutting out that pre-rinse step already.
2) I would give wheel cleaner a miss, unless it hasn't been washed for a while - the normal shampoo at the end should suffice. Maybe couple of times a year use iron-x or similar and apply it at this stage. Also by doing that now, you'll wash off any overspray etc.
3) Start on the roof and work down from there, whether you're foaming, washing or rinsing off.
4) Use about 1/10th of the amount of shampoo, you really don't need that much.
5) 1 or 2 bucket? I use one, and am careful not to go near the bottom of the bucket with the incredisponge. If you do use 2, rinse in top portion of water so you don't agitate/pickup dirt in the process.
6) I'd recommend an incredisponge instead of a wash mitt, great bit of kit.
7) I've not used that aqua wax stuff, but try and not go over the same area more than necessary. And DONT SET THE BOTTLE DOWN ON THE ROOF
8) bodykit and tyres, again use any product sparingly. Since I started using more expensive products I find that comes naturally
I forgot to add, in between most of those steps I have to pause, with neighbours asking if I'll do theirs next - never grows old
I am not the best one to describe snowfoam, but basically it's a very foamy covering that you spray on the car and leave to sit. This softens the dirt on the paint and means less chance of swirls. I should say that you use a foam Lance that connects to a power washerDon't get my mini for another 6 weeks but feel it's important to start off right when washing. Particularly as it'll be Midnight Black.
I'm used to just power hosing a car down washing it with normal bucket and sponge then rinsing with said power hose. Now reading what you guys are doing makes me think that what I'm doing is not the best, certainly if I want to avoid them pesky swirlies.
However, hope you can clarify:
What is the snow foam for and why do you need it if you are then going to wash it with soap anyway.
When people mention 2 Bucket I'm assuming one for washing and one for rinsing. Why not rinse with hose? Unless folk don't have one of course.
And what's better Incredisponge or pad.
Sorry for the nooby questions but want to treat it right.