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Old 06-24-2014, 04:37 PM
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The Right Cloth for Washing/Waxing

Hello, everyone. I want to keep the paint as nice as possible so I'd like to know the best type of cloth for washing and waxing. Would a ShamWow cloth be too rough or would a micro-fiber cloth be better? Also, I read somewhere a while ago that an actual chamois leather cloth is ideal, is that true?

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Old 06-24-2014, 05:38 PM
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I like micro-fiber.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:27 PM
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I like micro-fiber.
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I think the key though is to wash dirt off with a soap bucket, plus a rinse bucket.
No matter what the cloth, or soft brush, if it's gritty, you are sandpapering your
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:15 PM
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I think the key though is to wash dirt off with a soap bucket, plus a rinse bucket.
No matter what the cloth, or soft brush, if it's gritty, you are sandpapering your
paint.
Very useful info. Thanks. What kind of soap would you recommend for the soap bucket prewash?

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:00 AM
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I use Poorboys World Super Slick & Suds Concentrated Car Wash. Great stuff and it doesn't take the wax off.

+111111 on the rinse bucket. I use a 5-gallon HD bucket and rinse the micro fiber wash mitt after each pass.


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Old 06-25-2014, 06:36 AM
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I moved your question over to our detailing department forum. The guys in here know their stuff.

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Old 06-25-2014, 08:07 AM
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For mail order I like Griot's Garage Car Wash - best slickness/lubrication at ping. For OTC. Meg's Gold Class is good as well.

Personally, I like a wool mitt, but truth is that technique trumps product. Use lots of soap/water, if it's stubborn then let it soak - DO NOT RUB HARDER!!!

Also, try Autopia.org for excellent how- tos. Caution: once clicking there, you may end up addicted.



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Old 06-25-2014, 10:50 AM
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What's wrong with washing with a clean face towel? Then applying wax with a clean, old pillow case? I do that. Chamois is only used for buffing.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:53 AM
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Washmit or microfiber. Chamois would not be a good choice. You want something that helps lift dirt off and away from the paint. Chamois will basically just push it around.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:09 PM
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I vote for the wool wash mitt and the two bucket method. Autopia or Detailed Image have great detailing guides. Here's a video I like:



Use a soap meant for cars ... Meguiars Gold Class, for example and never use laundry detergent or dish wash soap, etc.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:13 PM
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IMO, the most important decision with buying any single detailing product is the drying towel. I'll take a cheap Meguiar's microfiber mitt over my fancier wool mitt, as long as I get to keep my favorite drying towels. I think with the very high lubricity of my favorite car soap, the material of the wash mitt is simply not as important as with the drying towel when the only lubrication is usually just a bit of water. Come to think of it, I would probably put choice of car soap as more important than wash mitt. I'd take Griot's with a cheaper mitt, than an OTC Meguiar's soap with nicer mitt. Just my opinion based on my experiences.

Expensive, but these are the best towels I've ever owned. I wash drying towels separately with Micro Restore. I so highly recommend washing separately if you want to get value out of your purchases. The residues from other products will go straight into the nap of your towels, making them much less absorptive.

On my nicer MFs in general, I'll spray OPC straight undiluted on to any stains or grime, and let it sit like that for however long before I get to washing it.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:22 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your advice, it's greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:34 PM
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I have been washing my bimmers for years with Polmolive or Ivory dishsoap . Lots of suds
cleans well , then jelly blade excess water off then micro-fiber hand dry . Never had a problem with the shine or wax fihish
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:41 PM
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Look at the rag company for some very nice waffle weave towels and wash mitts at a super cheap price. They are korean made (nicer design than chinese made). Also look at Stay Fresh for nice quality(720-850 gsm) towels. The MF towels are great for removing polish/wax and the waffle weaves suck up water. When drying, pat the waffle weave, don't drag it across. Patting will help reduce swirls while still removing water
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:48 PM
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When drying, pat the waffle weave, don't drag it across. Patting will help reduce swirls while still removing water
I used to advise this often with WW as well. With my DMCs though, I don't have to anymore. In fact, I don't even use lube anymore. I don't fold into quarters either, I just drag the whole thing for a single pass, like in this video at just past 2 minute mark. But he does multiple passes, I only need one pass. Seriously. I've used them many times, not a single scratch I can detect. Yes, I'm a fan... I'll stop there if I can...

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