It is often overlooked that properly washing and drying your vehicle is the single most important step in any detailing process. This is due to the fact that most imperfections (swirls, scratches, water spots, etc.) are added to your paint during the washing and drying phase. With the proper tools, products and techniques, you can easily minimize adding imperfections to your paint. James goes over the proper wash process for washing and drying your vehicle!
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Hey, James with Detailed Image. Today we’re going over the proper wash process. So your first step is to do a heavy, heavy rinse. You want to blast off as much dirt and grime as you possibly can in a touchless manner. Next, you want to grab your all-purpose cleaner. You want to spray it panel by panel, letting it dwell for 1-2 minutes. What this is going to do is loosen up that dirt and grime and make the wash process that much safer. After the all-purpose cleaner has dwelled, it’s time to rinse it away. Now, it’s the fun part. You are going to grab your foam cannon and you are going to spray an insane amount of car shampoo all over your car and what this is going to add is lubricity. Lubricity is the key to the two bucket method, it’s going to allow that mitt to glide over the paint, release the dirt and wash it away. You want to work in small sections, light pressure and in straight lines and once you release the dirt from the panel, you are going into your rinse bucket, releasing it on that grit guard and going into the soap bucket and moving on. Once the wash is fully complete, it’s time for the final rinse. Now it’s dry time. We are going to do a two-step process. We are going to grab our blower and get off 98% percent of the water and then we’re going to touch it up with our microfiber towels. We are going to grab our quick detailer, glide over the paint, just giving it a little bit more pop, a little bit more glow and then we’re onto the drive.