Infiniti FX Forum banner

1 - 20 of 56 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,581 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Here are some washing and drying tips from waynestowels.

Car Washing

I use 2 methods that work great!

1- This used to be my favorite method- "The 2 bucket Method" Using 2 buckets,
one for "the suds" and one for "the rinse". Wet the entire vehicle washing away
anything that can be removed with water pressure. Wash one section at a time,
using a Microfiber Wash Mitt, as they are great for cleaning and you use less
pressure on the finish, decreasing the chance of adding any marring to the
finish since the Microfiber is doing the cleaning and you do not have to
"scrub". Remember, use ONLY the weight of the MicroFiber Wash Mitt on the
surface you are cleaning. You do not have to use pressure, as the Mitt
will do the cleaning for you, virtually eliminating the possibility of
adding the infamous swirls from washing the car using outdated methods.

After washing each section (always working from the top down and keeping the car
wet), rinse the mitt in the rinse bucket, as this will keep your washing
solution clean and free from debris (remember to keep the vehicle wet as you
are washing). When you are finished washing the vehicle, switch to wash mitt
#2 (you NEVER want to use the same wash mitt for your tires/wheels as you
use on your paint, as brake particles and road grime can and will get
embedded and can cause swirls to your finish).

2- This is my favorite method- Using only one bucket with car wash shampoo, use
the same method as above, except when it comes time to rinse the mitt, use the
spray jet to "pressure wash" the wash mitt clean. It is faster and less
"bending and stooping"

Another great "trick" is to use a 1-3 gallon bug/weed type pump-up sprayer, add
your favorite car wash diluted to the manufacturers recommendations and spray
on as a "pre-soak" before washing. After soaking for a few minutes, rinse off
with a heavy stream of water from your hose using a good sprayer that will
gige you a fair amount of pressure. You will rinse all the heavy dirt off
your finish, the pre-soak will loosten up the road grime and you will have
MUCH less debris on the paint to wash off, thus lessening the possibility
of adding swirls when hand washing:)

Car Drying

There are 2 methods that work great for drying your car after washing- This is
my favorite method

1- I use an electric leaf blower to remove the majority of water from the
surface, from around and in the mirrors, the door jambs, trim, windows, etc,
etc. It works great and there is absolutely no harm to the car (just be
carefull to keep the air on the vehicle and do not point at the ground).

I always stressed out when I thought I was finished drying only to notice water
dripping from "hidden" locations on the vehcle..., (this eliminates that
scenario )

After using the leaf blower and removing most of the water, it is time for the
"final dry". I use a large 24"x36" "Waffle Weave Microfiber Towel". The correct
way to dry is to either "blot or pat" the water with the towel and allow it to
soak up the water (you never want to "wipe" with ANY type towel, as this
could cause swirls or micro-marring if anything has been trapped between the
towel and surface of the car).

One other way that works well is to hold the towel by 2 corners while slowly and
lightly "dragging" the towel along the surface, using ONLY the weight of the
towel.

2- If an electric leaf blower is not available- After washing, turn off the
water, remove the water sprayer, turn on the water about 1/2 way and use the
water to dry the car... This may sound strange at first, however, using a
sweeping motion, working from the top down, it will sheet the majority of the
water off the car. Follow-up using the Waffle Weave Microfiber Towel as
described above.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
779 Posts
Great post Sweet Fx.

To dry my car I use California Water Blade and I am very happy with it. I have been using it for the past year or so with no scratches what so ever.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,983 Posts
After washing, I use that "water^rinse^trick" #2 above, then several light swipes with the CWB followed by W/W M/F, then walk away or Z-6 :D just check the mirror drip after you first drive away, and other notorious drip-drip areas.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
No matter how much you blow out the mirrors and hatch it justs keeps dripping out. You have to follow up after driving to get all the drips and water spots.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,983 Posts
Anybody ever get brave enough to drill a small drip-drain hole, 1/8" through the underside of the mirror housing? :shock:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
PINITI-FX said:
Anybody ever get brave enough to drill a small drip-drain hole, 1/8" through the underside of the mirror housing? :shock:
I "almost" did last weekend, but couldn't get up the nerve, LOL!!
First I want to get a good look inside to see what "may" be hit with the bit...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
779 Posts
This "Microfiber Cloth" thingy you guys are talking about; I actually never heard of it (don't laugh). What's the best website for buying auto care products?
Kris
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,983 Posts
Go ahead Wayne...btw, put it in your sig. - would anyone here object? :shock: Here's one > http://waynestowels.com/
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,096 Posts
this is hilarious...

you should see the routine i go thru to dry out those tough wet spots

after the main drying, i do the following (and actually more, but i'll apre you the time :lol: ):

(1) do each door jam to get all water mopped up

(2) i do a multiple phase mirror dry with paper towels, but folding and shoving them in the cracks of the mirror and then folding the mirror in all 3 positions and drying all cracks and underneath.

(3) use the edge of paper towels to dry out under all of the widnow trim

(4) use the edge of paper towels to dry out under the rear taillights

(5) use the edge of paper towels to dry out the lower reflectors on the bumper

(6) wad up paper towels and push under the fogs and leave for a minute or two to wich out the water

(7) dry out every square inch of the hatch area especially up top where the stealth antenna is

(8) up under the spoiler where the rear sprayer is

(9) after a full dry, i go for a high speed loop around the block to get a lot of the water out.

(10) wipe wipe all areas again

and...oh yeah....the mirrors STILL drip 8)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
779 Posts
So bradical, based on your post above I can conclude that it takes you 3 hours to wash your car. :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,983 Posts
Yep, those are the notorious "drip-drip" areas, I think you've named 'em all! :lol: Ready to Drill?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,096 Posts
krzys4 said:
So bradical, based on your post above I can conclude that it takes you 3 hours to wash your car. :wink:
thats about right :lol:

i enjoy it though... in nice weather, i wash my car each week in the morning. its good excercise too :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,096 Posts
PINITI-FX said:
Yep, those are the notorious "drip-drip" areas, I think you've named 'em all! :lol: Ready to Drill?
believe me, ive benn up under there close looking for where in the heck this water is residing. there are obvious places that are just hard to get to.

when i start driving and i see this spraying out, i just hope i can keep up the speed so it evaporates before it leaves marks 8)

anal, huh ??? :lol:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
PINITI-FX said:
Go ahead Wayne...btw, put it in your sig. - would anyone here object? :shock: Here's one > http://waynestowels.com/
Sounds good to me, LOL!!
I would like to be approved by Sweet FX before including the web site..., I don't want to look like a spammer...,

Thank you for the referal:)

Ok, it's up to Sweet FX.... , (whatcha think?)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
779 Posts
Thanks guys. Waynestowels, you'll be hearing from me in the next few weeks...
Kris
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,581 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Yes, Wayne it is okay for you to put your website in your sig.

:D

He really does have a great product :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
Sure...,

10% off regular priced towels and MicroFiber products.
At this time Einszett is not discounted.

Thank you for your interest...

Sweet FX-
Thank you for your support:)
 
1 - 20 of 56 Posts
Top