Top 10 Car Washing Tools | Autoblog Details

– Although washing your
car sounds simple enough, most of the scratches on your paint are created during improper washing. These 10 tools will help
you minimize scratching, clean deeper, and spend less
time on your Sunday wash. – [Narrator] The bug sponge is a secret weapon of car washing that rarely comes out
unless absolutely necessary. This sponge is designed to
remove stuck contaminants such as bugs and tar stains
without damaging the paint. Keep it in the bottom of your wash bucket and only use it when needed. Number nine is the
waffle-weave glass towel. These specialized microfiber towels are designed specifically for glass. They absorb and clean due to
their low pile, or fibers. Notice the difference in fiber length between glass towels and paint towels. Glass towels should not
be used on the paint. Number eight is the clay bar. The trick is to clay your
paint during the wash process to utilize the water and soap lubrication already present on your paint. However, do not automatically
use it with every wash. Only clay your paint when
it feels rough to the touch. Number seven is the Merino,
or lambswool wash mitts. These types of wash mitts are used to agitate and lift dirt from
the surface of your paint, which minimizes scratching that may occur from grinding the particles
into your clear coat. Sponges, towels, and brushes push the dirt across your paint and leave scratches as a result. At number six, we have compressed air, or an electric blower. After properly drying your paint with microfibers towels and drying agents, there always seems to be water hidden in your mirrors, lights, door jams, wiper blinds, door handles,
lug nut holes, and so on, that drip out and ruin
your freshly clean car. Compressed air will push
the remaining water out so it can be scooped up
with a microfiber towel and not drip down the side of your door or up onto your windshield. If you don’t have access to a compressor, there are electric blowers
that create similar pressure to force the water out of
tight spots for far less cost. Number five is the wheel woolie. The wheel woolie allows you to clean the back of the rim with ease. The handle is plastic so there’s no fear of scratching the wheel as
it passes through the spokes. They come in various sizes
for large or tight areas such as the caliper or on the exhaust tip. Number four, the rinse bucket. The extra rinse bucket
is an extremely easy and affective technique used to remove dirt from your wash mitt. This bucket only contains
water and no soap. After washing the paint, your
mitt is gonna be full of dirt. Dunk the dirty mitt into the clean water to remove the grit before
re-dunking in your soap bucket and wiping the paint again. This will help minimize the
washing swirls that may occur. Number three, the foam cannon. This is a device that attaches to your hose or pressure washer. By filling the cartridge with soap, the cannon mixes air, water, and the soap to create incredible
suds that coat the paint and gently carry away the heavy dirt without scratching the
surface prior to hand-washing. Number two is the grit
guard and washboard. The grit guard is a
plastic device that fits on the bottom of your
wash and rinse buckets. The holes are designed to
allow dirt to pass through and get trapped on the bottom, minimizing the chance of getting
reintroduced to the paint. Likewise, the fins on
the bottom trap the dirt from traveling back upwards
as you dunk your mitt. The washboards attach to the grit guards giving the detailer an area
to scrub their mitt clean after each section of washing. At number one is the microfiber towel. Microfiber towels come in various sizes, pile height, or density, referred to as GSM, or
grams per square meter. Window towels are typically
in the range of 200 to 250 GSM while paint and interior should
not exceed 350 to 400 GSM. Every detailer should have at
least three types of towels in various colors to
designate specific usage. For example, red 350 GSM towels
are only used for the paint, while green is only used
for interior plastics, blue for the door jams, and so on. This will help avoid cross contamination and potential scratching. Likewise, proper microfiber towels are critical to drying your paint safely and without installing love marks. Ironically, microfiber itself is used in almost every aspect of the car detail, from washing, drying, scrubbing, and even compounding and
polishing your paint. There is no doubt that
the microfiber towel has changed the way we
detail our cars forever. – [Larry] These 10 tools are essential to safe and scratch-free cleaning. If you found this video helpful, please share and keep up
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to the Autoblog page. I’m Larry Kosilla from We’ll see you next time.