Early morning, later afternoon. Avoid the sun as much as possible.
What I'm going to show here is my own
method based on 5 years of improvement and advancing my own skills.
Basic washing materials:
- Any quality car shampoo, Do NOT use dish soap!
- A 5 gallon bucket, with gritt guard
- Wolfgang foam gun.
- A quality wash mitt. (this will be used ONLY on body panels, not wheels!)
- Pressure washer or hose attachment for car washing
- California Gelly Blade
- An electric leaf blower
- Dish washing gloves
- Microfiber drying towels, 24 x 16
Best time to do this when the car is cold, Do NOT do this after track event, cold water and hot brake rotors isn't a good combination.
Before you begin doing anything, remember that prep work makes all the difference in the world, that means having things ready.
Start with 16 oz of soap, put that into the foam gun, fill up the foam gun with water until 3/4's full, shake it a bit, set it aside.
Fill up your bucket with just water, set that aside.
Hose the car off with water, don't worry about the sun and drying right now, we will get to that later. Hose the entire car, don't forget the wheels, wheel wells, roof, trunk, etc.
Once the car got soaked with water, hook up the foam gun to your hose. This is when the fun begins:
You're giving the car a nice bubble bath. I like the DP car foaming shampoo, Meguiar's would do the trick as well. Just stay away from dish soap.
Get the car covered with foamy soap, that will start dissolving the dirt, grime and whatever else hit your paint while you were dusting that M3 or Audi RS4.
Now, take the bucket (grit guard should be at the bottom) and your microfiber wash mitt and work from the roof down to the doors, then hood, front bumper and go back to the rear. No need to scrub hard, 2-3 times per panel and move on.
Every 2-3 minutes, take the wash mit and dip it all the way to the bottom of the bucket until it rubs against the grit guard. This is how you prevent swirls, any microscopic materials that got caught in the mitt will be taken away and sink to the bottom of the bucket, the guard will block them from contaminating your mitt again.
Hose the car off.
At this point, I would get into clay bar, polish, wax etc. but that's for another chapter.
Time to dry this car off. Gloves off!
If the sun is out and is pretty strong, Drive the car into the garage as it is. It won't make a big mess, and your drying will go much smoother and easier. Avoid the sun at this point is important, because it will prevent those nasty waterspots from forming on the paint. The waterspots can be removed, but that's done by polishing. (which we haven't covered yet)
The California Gelly blade is a great product. You can start with the roof and work your way down the doors and other panels. This product will not scratch the paint and will speed up your drying time.
I then like to use the electrical leaf blower on the door jams, front bumper and any hard to reach places to get water out of them.
Any remaining water can be wiped with the microfiber drying towel.
That's it for washing, let the car cool.
* Squeeze the wash mitt, throw it in the laundry if it's dirty, then to the dryer on delicate, keep it in a ziplock bag.