what happened to using a bucket and a sponge?

what happened to using a bucket and a sponge?

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SWoll

10,776 posts

222 months

Thursday 8th April
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InitialDave said:
You can achieve pretty much the same thing using a hose to rinse the sponge/mitt between loading it up with fresh water, too.
I personally find this does a better job than the 2 bucket method. All of the filth and grit gets blasted off the sponge/mitt and the washing bucket stays pretty much completely clean whereas with the 2 bucket method there is still some transfer.

GTEYE

1,805 posts

174 months

Thursday 8th April
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otolith said:
You don't understand why it's better to use a clean cloth to clean something than it is to use a dirty one?
I use one bucket, but I always pressure wash it first to get rid of any loose grit etc. The bucket picks up relatively little contaminant.

I also tend not to leave it six months between cleans, which probably helps.

SWoll

10,776 posts

222 months

Thursday 8th April
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GTEYE said:
otolith said:
You don't understand why it's better to use a clean cloth to clean something than it is to use a dirty one?
I use one bucket, but I always pressure wash it first to get rid of any loose grit etc. The bucket picks up relatively little contaminant.

I also tend not to leave it six months between cleans, which probably helps.
This. A quick regular wash and most of these issues go away, let it get caked in dried on crud for months at a time and rather more of a challenge as with any similar task.

otolith

43,913 posts

168 months

Thursday 8th April
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GTEYE said:
otolith said:
You don't understand why it's better to use a clean cloth to clean something than it is to use a dirty one?
I use one bucket, but I always pressure wash it first to get rid of any loose grit etc. The bucket picks up relatively little contaminant.

I also tend not to leave it six months between cleans, which probably helps.
I'm just naturally a bit extravagant, so I splashed out a whole 97p on an extra bucket from B&Q.

Chainsaw Rebuild

1,342 posts

66 months

Thursday 8th April
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NGRhodes said:
Why would I be moving it back onto the car by using one bucket ?
With a single bucket, when you clean the mitt in the bucket the water gets dirty; as evidenced by the water going brown. This dirty water has bits suspended in it, so you will get bits on the mitt from the dirty water.

These bits are abrasive, so when you rub the car its a bit like sandpaper and marks the paint.

Where as if you clean the mitt in a bucket of plain water to get the dirt off, then go to the soapy bucket, you prevent this.

PH User

17,252 posts

72 months

Thursday 8th April
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Chainsaw Rebuild said:
NGRhodes said:
Why would I be moving it back onto the car by using one bucket ?
With a single bucket, when you clean the mitt in the bucket the water gets dirty; as evidenced by the water going brown. This dirty water has bits suspended in it, so you will get bits on the mitt from the dirty water.

These bits are abrasive, so when you rub the car its a bit like sandpaper and marks the paint.

Where as if you clean the mitt in a bucket of plain water to get the dirt off, then go to the soapy bucket, you prevent this.
You will reduce rather than prevent.

M_O_W_G_L_I

22 posts

219 months

Thursday 8th April
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nismo48 said:
Thats not a bad philosophy...
There are more important things in life.. nerd

M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Pistonheader101 said:
does anyone still use the good old fashioned method anymore?
Me! One bucket, 2 sponges (one just for wheels and tyres), that's all I need. Wet the car with hose, wash it top to bottom, rinse with hose. Take it out to dry it off a bit, let it get dirty again.

I will get involved if the birds crap on it though to prevent paint damage.
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it

Chainsaw Rebuild

1,342 posts

66 months

Thursday 8th April
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PH User said:
You will reduce rather than prevent.
Yeah fair point. I use my non mitt hand to rub the mitt once its in the plain water bucket to encourage the dirt off; I end up with almost clean soapy water by the end so its pretty good.

otolith

43,913 posts

168 months

Thursday 8th April
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M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Me! One bucket, 2 sponges (one just for wheels and tyres), that's all I need. Wet the car with hose, wash it top to bottom, rinse with hose. Take it out to dry it off a bit, let it get dirty again.

I will get involved if the birds crap on it though to prevent paint damage.
2 birds one bucket? I think there's a video of that.

nickfrog

13,788 posts

181 months

Thursday 8th April
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M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it
I find the two (driving and washing) are not mutually exclusive.

PH User

17,252 posts

72 months

Thursday 8th April
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nickfrog said:
M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it
I find the two (driving and washing) are not mutually exclusive.
Most probably find that they have more time for one if they do less of the other.

SWoll

10,776 posts

222 months

Thursday 8th April
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PH User said:
nickfrog said:
M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it
I find the two (driving and washing) are not mutually exclusive.
Most probably find that they have more time for one if they do less of the other.
Yeah, I'm sure all of these owners who only wash their cars every few months are just too busy driving to find time. smile

PH User

17,252 posts

72 months

Thursday 8th April
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SWoll said:
PH User said:
nickfrog said:
M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it
I find the two (driving and washing) are not mutually exclusive.
Most probably find that they have more time for one if they do less of the other.
Yeah, I'm sure all of these owners who only wash their cars every few months are just too busy driving to find time. smile
Yeah possibly

Alex_225

4,297 posts

165 months

Thursday 8th April
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imperium said:
Alex_225 said:
I'm much the same as you and mainly apply and work by hand. But I did use a dual action polisher a few years back for the first time and actually found it surprisingly easy. I haven't done full correction as don't have an indoor space for the time it takes but certainly can remove marks and leave a great shine! smile
Yes it does help to have the right lighting and interior space for it. I have a local detailing shop near to me that rents out indoor detailing bays, might be worth looking into if ever you want to do the full correction. I intend on machine polishing a few times a year, but it has the potential to be slightly obsessive all this detailing malarkey.
I had thought about seeing if there were places I could use for this kind of thing, ultimately you could do most of the prep at home (decontaminate/clay) and then simply turn up, wash the car down and then polish.

That said with three kids and one only 5 weeks old, that may have to wait. But I do intend to give my car a once over with the DA when I get the chance, there's a few minor marks I know will polish out. Also it's silver so very forgiving on swirls.

Detailing is definitely addictive. I'm not sure I'd machine polish too often though, only as there's only so much lacquer to play with haha. I'm definitely a bit of an addict for new products though. Still love an old school sealant or wax. My CLS has a ceramic coating but my S Class I like to apply products too. Testing one of the new Turtle Wax Sealants (a brand I never thought I'd use!!) but got some other ones to test out.

I think I bought the right numberplate at least! haha



swisstoni

10,592 posts

243 months

Thursday 8th April
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I imagine DIY detailing has had a big uptick over lockdown. Men stuck at home are going to polish something. hehe

_Neal_

1,990 posts

183 months

Thursday 8th April
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swisstoni said:
I imagine DIY detailing has had a big uptick over lockdown. Men stuck at home are going to polish something. hehe
And you also have the right username biggrin

SWoll

10,776 posts

222 months

Thursday 8th April
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PH User said:
SWoll said:
PH User said:
nickfrog said:
M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it
I find the two (driving and washing) are not mutually exclusive.
Most probably find that they have more time for one if they do less of the other.
Yeah, I'm sure all of these owners who only wash their cars every few months are just too busy driving to find time. smile
Yeah possibly
We both know that's bks. Many spend more time posting rubbish on these forums than it would take to wash a car most weeks. smile

PH User

17,252 posts

72 months

Thursday 8th April
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SWoll said:
PH User said:
SWoll said:
PH User said:
nickfrog said:
M_O_W_G_L_I said:
Cheers! There certainly are better things to do in life. like driving it
I find the two (driving and washing) are not mutually exclusive.
Most probably find that they have more time for one if they do less of the other.
Yeah, I'm sure all of these owners who only wash their cars every few months are just too busy driving to find time. smile
Yeah possibly
We both know that's bks. Many spend more time posting rubbish on these forums than it would take to wash a car most weeks. smile
It's not bks. If I've got 2 hours free over a weekend then I would rather be driving than cleaning.

nickfrog

13,788 posts

181 months

Thursday 8th April
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PH User said:
It's not bks. If I've got 2 hours free over a weekend then I would rather be driving than cleaning.
What if you have 20 hours free?

I still reckon it's possible to spend 2 hours washing a car and spend 2 hours driving it in the same weekend, or in the same week or even perhaps in the same month . In fact I have managed that quite a few times. I find the 2 two quite easily compatible.

But obviously if your only free time at all over a weekend is 2 hours and you want to drive for 2 hours then there is not much time left for washing.



PH User

17,252 posts

72 months

Thursday 8th April
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nickfrog said:
PH User said:
It's not bks. If I've got 2 hours free over a weekend then I would rather be driving than cleaning.
What if you have 20 hours free?

I still reckon it's possible to spend 2 hours washing a car and spend 2 hours driving it in the same weekend, or in the same week or even perhaps in the same month . In fact I have managed that quite a few times. I find the 2 two quite easily compatible.

But obviously if your only free time at all over a weekend is 2 hours and you want to drive for 2 hours then there is not much time left for washing.
Well yes, different people have different amounts of free time.