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View Poll Results: Washing your car, do you start on the top or wheels and tires first?

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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 speed3blackmica View Post
    ...tire dressing always looks amazing when the tires are clean. i hate when the tires are dirty and you put dressing on and all you get is brown gunk on your fingers.
    Hmmm....I usually get the brown gunk on me anyway.

    Must be some leftover dirt that APC+ could not remove.

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

    really? i use a very hard brisstled brush to scrub the tires "only"...gotta scrub em good !

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Derrick View Post
    I clean the wheels, tires, and wheel wells first, then move onto the body and move from top to bottom. Finally after its all done i dress the tires and wheel wells.
    Same. I like to do the wheels first, this allows me to get in and clean the wheel wells etc. while the vehicle is generally dry and my driveway is generally dry (not paved). My truck is black, so I don't like to have the water sitting on the body too long, forming water spots.

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

    I wash the wheels, wheels wells, and tires first. With APC and a brush, and some soapy water.

    Then i move to the Roof, Hood, Trunk then Sides...

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

    Wheels and tires then roof hood, trunk, windows, sides, and finally lower plastic body cladding.

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

    I do the tires first. Then wash top, then windshield and hood, followed by drivers side, rear windshield, panel and bumper, then passenger side. I use the leftover wash water to clean the wheel covers. I squeegee the windows and use Costco Microfiber Towels to dry the car.

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

    i wash top-bottom. but once i reach a tire and rim i clean it so basically im going around 4 corners i dont leave the wheels till last

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

    snow foam everything first, then whilst that's doing its thing, get two grit guard buckets, one with warm Gold Class, the other just water, spray down from roof to remove snow foam and most of the dirt, then start with the roof and hand wash with microfibre mitt, finishing with door jams and then wheels. Then dry with water magnet and, or Chemical guys towel.

    Does anyone continue to dry their car even if it starts to rain lightly, I do and I think everyone thinks im mad !

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

    Most washes I do an ONR wash with 1 bucket and 2 sponges. I do the wheels last so I can use the ONR to wash the wheels.

    If its a proper detail or if wheels are really dirty I start with the wheels. a 2 gallons of water and ajax and spray with purple power 1:1 and add some elbow grease. Really dirty wheels flicks brake dust on the paint. Also for a detail I will vacuum and the interior first, otherwise I track dirt inside.

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

    tires and wheels first, then top down.....dress tires and wheels last.....

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