How to wash your car, using the two bucket method

two bucket wash method

This guide is designed to show you how to wash your car using the most efficient method, before applying any wax to your car it is important to prepare your paintwork, this normally involves washing you car and possibly claying it and also polishing the paintwork.

The best way to wash you car is to use what is known as the two bucket method, this is a very simple but effective method of removing the majority of the tired from your paintwork.

What is the two bucket method for washing your car?

The two bucket method is designed to make sure that once dirt is removed from one panel of your car, it does stay on your wash mitt and cause damage to your car by scratching the paint.

When you use one bucket to wash your car, every time you place the wash mitt into the bucket you pick up the dirt that has been transferred to is, the two bucket method stops this from happening.

You will need two buckets and two grit guards, the grit guards will stop the dirt from transferring back to your microfiber wash mitt when you place it in the bucket. The first bucket should have you car shampoo and water (wash bucket),  the second bucket should have clean water ( rinse bucket).

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How do I wash my car using the two bucket method?

Place your wash mitt in the bucket with the wash bucket and then wash your car one panel at a time, once the shampoo has been applied to the first panel, place you wash mitt in the bucket with the rinse bucket and then put it back into the wash bucket, get some more shampoo and wash the next panel.

It is always a good idea to start at the top of your car, generally this will be the cleanest part of your car, the dirt tends to congregate lower down your vehicle. I like to use two wash mitts for washing my car, one for the top part and one for the lower part, this ensures that any dirt left on the wash mitt is not transferred to the top of your car.

Once you have applied the shampoo to your car, you can then wash it off with a hose or a pressure washer, if your car is particularity dirty, you may need to go over some parts again, this usually needs to be done around the bottom of the car during winter.

What is the next step after washing the car?

After you have removed all of the dirt from your car it is a good idea to dry it using a microfiber drying towel, if you leave the water to dry on your car naturally you may end up with water spots on your vehicle.

Now that you have washed and dried your car you can move onto the next step, which may involve using a clay bar or waxing your car. If you car is already waxed and needs a top up you can use a quick details like Autoglym Aqua Wax.

Top tips for washing your car

Before washing your car using the two bucket method you can use a prewash like snow foam, this is designed to be applied using a snow foam bottle for your pressure washer and will remove some of the dirt from your car.

Always use clean wash mitts and microfiber drying towels each time you wash your car, once I have washed and waxed my car, everything I have used in the process goes in the washing machine to make sure it is nice and clean for the next time. I hope this article explains the two bucket wash method and will help you get the best out of your car washing routine.

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