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Michael Stoops
Apr 12th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Meguiar's Quik Tips Video Series - Washing

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Please keep in mind that this video, and the others in the series, are not designed to be definitive how to guides but rather, as the name implies, Quik Tips that address the most common questions and mistakes associated with each topic.



Washing is a vital step in keeping your car looking it's best. Unfortunately, when using the wrong product or technique you can easily remove your wax protection or possibly create swirls. So when washing your car, never use household detergents as they can strip wax protection and promote oxidation ...always use a premium carwash like Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax, Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner, NXT Generation Car Wash, or Deep Crystal Car Wash. Before washing, make sure your car is in the shade and the surface is cool to the touch.

Begin by mixing your wash solution in a clean bucket using the proper dilution, then fill a 2nd clean bucket with plain water.
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Before washing, rinse the entire vehicle to remove any loose debris.
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Using our Microfiber Wash Mitt, begin washing and rinsing one section at a time, working from the top down.
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When your mitt becomes dirty, simply rinse it out in the bucket of plain water before retrieving fresh suds.
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Once you've washed and rinsed the entire car...it's time for a final rinse using a flow of water rather than a spray. This is done by removing the nozzle and letting the water flow across all surfaces which will allow the water to run off and leaving you less water to dry. This is what a traditional final rinse leaves - plenty of water beading on the surface means a lot of water to dry off.
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After taking the nozzle off the hose and simply flowing water over the surface the majority of beads are sheeted away and there is less water to dry.
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Dry any remaining water using Meguiar's Water Magnet waffle weave microfiber drying towel...and don't forget the door jambs!
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Remember….washing weekly using the right products and technique will ensure your car is free of contaminants and looks it best...all the time!
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Tuck91
Apr 12th, 2010, 11:58 AM
That Corvette looks pretty good after UW&W.

Nice video.

xantonin
Apr 12th, 2010, 12:08 PM
I'll have to watch this when I get home.

AMM518
Apr 12th, 2010, 12:09 PM
awesome vid, can't wait for more! :dp:

CieraSL
Apr 12th, 2010, 12:13 PM
Why was he washing in circles instead of straight lines? I always wash in a back and forth motion. Does it matter which direction you move the mitt in?

Mike Pennington
Apr 12th, 2010, 12:17 PM
Why was he washing in circles instead of straight lines? I always wash in a back and forth motion. Does it matter which direction you move the mitt in?

As long as you cover the area thoroughly and keep your mitt clean, it really doesn't matter which way you go :)

CieraSL
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:10 PM
As long as you cover the area thoroughly and keep your mitt clean, it really doesn't matter which way you go :)

So I take it it's more an issue of personal preference? I've heard that washing in circles is the correct way and washing in back and forth motions is the correct way, which is why I asked. Same goes for which direction to move an applicator pad when waxing, which is a whole different topic. :)

J. A. Michaels
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Great video.

I remember a long time ago. I asked a detailer when applying wax which is the best way to apply it. Straight lines or in a circular motion. He replied, "always apply wax in a circular motion. It would be very difficult to miss a area this way. If you apply in a straight line it will be uneven, and you have a greater chance of not overlapping the wax.

I just follow this advice to this day. Does not matter if applying wax or washing the vehicle. It just makes sense to me.

Hemin8r
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Nice Video. I love how the yellow of the Corvette goes with the gold and black of Meguiars.

Mary S
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:11 PM
I would apply wax in small circular motion but wash in a top to down side to side motion down the panel. So a wax and wash: I have this but haven't tried it yet, but it seems more natural to apply it like a wash.

Just curious, is this recommended to use every week in place of a regular wash? Will the wax accumulate when you do that?

Michael Stoops
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:33 PM
So I take it it's more an issue of personal preference? I've heard that washing in circles is the correct way and washing in back and forth motions is the correct way, which is why I asked. Same goes for which direction to move an applicator pad when waxing, which is a whole different topic. :)
Meguiar's official stance on this is that as long as the product you're using and the applicator you're applying it with won't scratch the paint, it doesn't matter what motion you use to apply it. Now, while washing you obviously have the added potential for issues since you're actually taking dirt off the paint. But still, if it's going to scratch at all it probably doesn't really matter if the scratch is circular or straight. As for accumulated cobweb swirls, they aren't really a circular pattern anyway; they are comprised of a huge number of short, randomly scattered scratches that may or may not have some curvature to them. Just remember, they show in a circular pattern under a sharp source of light (like a swirl finder light or harsh, direct sunlight) but when you move the circular pattern appears to move with you. If it was truly a circular pattern the center of the circle wouldn't just move - it's an "artificial center" caused by the way the direct light is reflected off the sharp edge of the randomly scattered scratches.

Great video.

I remember a long time ago. I asked a detailer when applying wax which is the best way to apply it. Straight lines or in a circular motion. He replied, "always apply wax in a circular motion. It would be very difficult to miss a area this way. If you apply in a straight line it will be uneven, and you have a greater chance of not overlapping the wax.

I just follow this advice to this day. Does not matter if applying wax or washing the vehicle. It just makes sense to me.
That sounds to have some merit to it, but even careful application in straight lines will ensure full coverage.

I would apply wax in small circular motion but wash in a top to down side to side motion down the panel. So a wax and wash: I have this but haven't tried it yet, but it seems more natural to apply it like a wash.That's probably the most common overall - even Mike was doing less circular and more side to side motions on the sides of the car. But this is primarily a wash, so don't do anything different with regard to motions than you do with any other car wash.


Just curious, is this recommended to use every week in place of a regular wash? Will the wax accumulate when you do that?You can use this every week if you wish. The amount of wax added is comparable, if not less than, a spray wax that you might use weekly. To some degree that will vary with the condition of the existing wax on the car, the overall condition of the paint, and (within reason) how long you let the product dwell on the paint prior to rinsing.

Basically though, the techniques shown in this Quik Tips video will apply to any Meguiar's car wash soap (and most of our competitors products as well), not just Ultimate Wash & Wax.

TerryAdams
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:46 PM
Let's hope the Orange County(SoCal) Water police don't see this video (Water runoff). :chuckle1

Mike Pennington
Apr 12th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Let's hope the Orange County(SoCal) Water police don't see this video (Water runoff). :chuckle1

The water never made it to the curb / drain :chuckle1

Mary S
Apr 13th, 2010, 04:38 AM
It's a good video! I like the fact you showed the 2 bucket method. The one thing you might have added was where you said "a car wash like Meguiar's Wash and Wax" would be to show this plus the other 3 consumer Meguiars washes. Take advantage of the fact Meguiars has something for everybody!

Mike Phillips
Apr 18th, 2010, 08:13 AM
Good job!

The follow-up questions can be more difficult than making the video...


:laughing

Fly Bye
Apr 18th, 2010, 07:29 PM
It seems a bit dangerous unscrewing the nozzle above the hood/quarter panel.

Just an observation :)

aris
Apr 18th, 2010, 07:38 PM
Nice video

Fly Bye
Apr 18th, 2010, 07:40 PM
As for accumulated cobweb swirls, they aren't really a circular pattern anyway; they are comprised of a huge number of short, randomly scattered scratches that may or may not have some curvature to them. Just remember, they show in a circular pattern under a sharp source of light (like a swirl finder light or harsh, direct sunlight) but when you move the circular pattern appears to move with you. If it was truly a circular pattern the center of the circle wouldn't just move - it's an "artificial center" caused by the way the direct light is reflected off the sharp edge of the randomly scattered scratches.





This is an awsome explanation of the round circular pattern that seems to move with you as you view it. I never really knew of a simple explanation until I read this post :xyxthumbs

Ethel8407
Jun 22nd, 2010, 06:08 PM
I've never done the 2 Bucket system.....I'll have to give it a try next time out. Makes total sense once you see it on the video. Tx

Alizx
Jan 25th, 2011, 08:59 PM
ITS Looking good


LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Michael Stoops
May 2nd, 2011, 11:47 AM
When using the two bucket method, or especially if you're just using one bucket when washing, don't forget to drop a Grit Guard into the bottom of the bucket to help keep the dirt down at the bottom instead of getting churned back up into the water.

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The Grit Guard is a simple baffle that sits in the bottom of your wash bucket and prevents all the dirt that's fallen out of solution from being carried back up where your wash mitt can pick it up again.

Remember, the goal when washing is to get the dirt and other loose contaminants off the paint, and keep it off the paint.

SLK350
Dec 14th, 2011, 12:22 PM
Does that soap really get that sudsy? I have tried all kinds and can't find one that does. I might just as well wash the car with water

Murr1525
Dec 14th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Generally, you dont need suds anyway.

However, the amount of suds can vary by how you mix it. Soap first, then a blast of water from a hose will give you a lot. Filling the bucket then pouring in some soap will give very little.

And being sure to use the proper amount of soap. Too little will mean less suds, but also less lubrication.

As far as the UW&W, yeah, it can be a sudsy one.

Michael Stoops
Dec 14th, 2011, 01:16 PM
Mat makes an excellent point here regarding suds. It's not the suds that clean the vehicle, it's the product mixed in with the water. A lot of people will even fill the bucket to the level they want, usually around 3 gallons or so of water, and then add 3 ounces of product and just swish it around with their hand to fully disperse the soap into the water. Doing it that way yields a perfectly usable, effective, and safe car wash mixture but there will be almost zero suds. Using the exact same product by putting the same 3 ounces into an empty bucket and then blasting it with a hose will have suds overflowing out of the bucket before you've got barely a gallon of water in there.

Suds are a nice comfort factor, and that's really about it. As long as the car wash soap is used in proper dilution ratio, and it's a properly formulated product that offers good lubricity and emulsifying ability to safely clean the surface, the suds are pretty much just for show.

As for Ultimate Wash & Wax, if you do pour some into a bucket and then blast it with the hose, it will foam like crazy, just as the video shows.

cfd18
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Is a foam gun worth the investment? Wondering how many people use them and if it makes a difference?

Shawn Devlin
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:39 PM
Is a foam gun worth the investment? Wondering how many people use them and if it makes a difference?

I find mine useful when working on neglected vehicles where a there is a lot of dirt and contamination present, a presoak with your favorite soap solution can help loosen things up prior to bucket washing. Also, if you want to strip existing waxes/sealants it works well with an APC or similar.

However, if your routine involves maintenance washing on well cared for vehicles it can be a bit of overkill, especially with the increasing popularity of waterless and rinseless washes.

Is it worth the investment? Its really up to you depending on what you are trying to accomplish as well as your personal preferences.

Murr1525
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Is a foam gun worth the investment? Wondering how many people use them and if it makes a difference?

I like mine a lot, and use it all the time on my car. But it does what I want it to... it isnt anything magical that makes dirt disappear.

Michael Stoops
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:36 PM
A foam gun is really just another option for a good, safe way to wash a car. When used with a single bucket as a rinse bucket a foam gun can make a lot of sense, or if you want to coat the car in something like APC or similar to strip existing wax first. Personally, I have one but I find myself switching back and forth all the time between it and one bucket, a full two bucket wash without the foam gun, and a rinseless wash like our new D114 Rinseless Express Wash.

Robert5059493
Feb 28th, 2016, 02:16 PM
Saw a video where the idea was to use strokes that were in line with the air flow passing over the vehicle. This was done with mostly waxing and sealing. This being so I doubt if just plane washing would have any effect on the performance of the vehicle.