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  • I start washing at the top of the car and work my way down finishing with the wheels and tires

    145 38.26%
  • I wash and rinse the wheels and tires first and then move on to the body

    224 59.10%
  • Other - I'll post my method of madness!

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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by christian6984 View Post

    I do have a question, can you tell me what a FENDER is we dont have that word in the UK (Front wing? Sill?)
    The Fender is the panel around the tire and wheel, it is where the wheel well, or fender well is located.

    How's that?
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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    I prefer to do the wheels, wheel wells, tires, mud flaps, lower air dam, and the very bottom of the body panels/moldings that get really dirty first. Then I work the paint from top to bottom.

    Essentially, the "dirty" areas get a good cleaning... the paint and glass get a gentle "bath".

    Of course, I used dedicated washing tools and suds for each section.
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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Murr1525 View Post
    I do wheels first, the roof, then hood/trunk, then sides....
    Exactly what I do!
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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    I said I do top-down... On second thought, that's how I do the first vehicle. If I'm washing a 2nd vehicle, which is usually the case, then I do the tires and wheels first using the soap and water from the first vehicle. Then I change the water in both buckets and go top-down...

    I guess my intention is to keep the brake dust out of the water going on the paint, without using a 3rd bucket. On the other hand, it can be tough to keep the paint from drying while washing wheels.

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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    I use three buckets...two for the paint and one for the wheels and tires...all four wheels first, then all four tires, then the paint from the top down...for all the reasons alreay listed..
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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    Wheels first, because I don't want any change of that stuff spraying up on the just washed paint. Then I wash top to bottom.

    Now I'm switching to ONR this may change.

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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    The situation described in option 2 is what I prefer and usually do.

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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    Since joining this board and see Mike's video, I wash wheels first. This approach is sensible in so many ways, I can believe I ever washed the car's before its wheels. Sheesh.

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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    Tires, rims, and wheel wells, then a full water change and bucket rinse and top to bottom. Dressing after drying.
    If a man talks in a forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, .... is he still wrong?

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    Re: Washing Question? Start at the top or start on the wheels?

    Both ... ofcourse depending on the scenario.

    I do the second option (wheels first then body) during regular wash and maintenance days. Note ofcourse that I use separate mitts (1 for wheels, 2 for body), soap solution, brush (only for wheels) and buckets (1 for wheels, 2 for body) for wheels and body.

    I do the first option (top to bottom of body then wheels) during my full detailing sessions or if I'll do my "home underwash". I jack up the car, put the stands on, take out all the wheels, set it aside, do the body (wash and detail) and do the wheels inbetween applications of products (say, while waiting to haze, etc., etc.).

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