How do I wash my microfiber cutting and polishing pads?
What are Grit Guards?
Grit Guards separate the dirt and grit from your wash mitt during the wash routine. The round guard is placed at the bottom of a 5 gallon wash bucket to trap the dirt on the bottom, preventing it from getting reintroduced on to the car causing scratches. These guards are super cheap and last forever. TIP: I use 2 grit guards stacked on top of each other for my wash, rinse, and wheel buckets.
Watch the video below: (skip ahead to minute 7:30 for Grit Guard Demo)
What are the best car detailing shoes?
Yes, this is weird question…but I get asked this at least once a week. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Salomon Men’s Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe. Best shoe I’ve ever had. Warning: This is the “race car” of shoes. What do I mean? They are amazing when you are using them during the race, but they require replacement more often than normal shoes. I go through a pair every 5 months and I’m ok with that. I want the best, and once they’re no longer comfortable, I get a new pair. (I typically buy 2 pair at a time and store the 2nd in the closet) The rubber sole is extremely soft and will wear-down quicker than any normal “street car” shoes. Did you get the pun?
Here is an AMAZON link if you are curious enough to see my moon-boots.
What is the 2 bucket method of washing?
2 buckets are used during the wash process to help minimize the chance of wash scratches by “flushing out” the dirt picked-up by the previous wipe. So here are the steps:
1) Bucket #1 is filled with AMMO Foam and water (grits guards as well).
2) Bucket #2 is filled with only water.
3) The wash mitt from bucket #1 is used on the paint and collects dirt.
4) The dirty wash mitt (after every panel) is dunked in bucket #2 and shaken to release the trapped dirt.
5) The now clean wash mitt is dunked in bucket #1 again to reapply the soap.
Should I wear gloves when detailing?
The short answer is YES. Every person reacts differently to car cleaning supplies, brake dust, oil, etc… I prefer to wear gloves because it protects my skin from the constant wear-and-tear on my hands from detailing. It also makes clean up much easier. For example, if I just spent 8 hours polishing the paint and I then have to get in the car to move it to the other side of the shop, I can simply remove my gloves and grab the steering wheel with no fear of having to reclean the steering wheel.