Two bucket wash

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  1. Critch

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    This may sound daft, but could someone explain the two bucket wash to me.


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    I'll probably get corrected but...
    1. Clean bucket that has your wash in.
    2. Dirty bucket that you rinse your sponge/microfiber cloth off in.
    That way you're never putting wash that contains the rubbish you've washed-off back on the car, and it should all collect in bucket 2.

    I'll be honest and say that I don't bother with this, but I do use one of those grit-guard things in my bucket.
     
  3. Happytalk73

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    Plasterers bucket full of hot water, dash of fairy liquid and a dirty grouting sponge. :thumb:
     
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    That’s great...thought I should give my black car the chance to be swirl free, going forward.


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    That doesn’t sound right


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    I find this method particularly effective for getting that ‘swirled’ artistic look :D
     
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    Two buckets of sand, one cheese grater and a brillo pad to apply.

    Sorted :D
     
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    I hope no one takes some of these serious!


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    It’s better if you leave your mitt/sponge on the floor, or rub it on the ground to pick up some grit. This grit aids the cleaning process.
     
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    If they do, they deserve it :D
     
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    Agreed. But I’ve never ever done the 2BM and never had any swirl marks on any of my vehicles.
     
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    It doesn't take much longer once set up. Shampoo in one bucket clean water in the other. Grit guards if you like. Clean the mitt/Sponge/cloth in the water bucket then into the wash bucket , wash the car and repeat. Rinse with a hose/jet wash as usual.
     
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    Not bothered about the time, just wanted to make sure I had it right.
    Thanks for the ideas
    I have my 3 sand buckets and my plasters rinse bucket ready for tomorrow’s wash


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    Use 2 bucket method once and compare the colour of the water as you pour it away

    You'll be a convert

    Unless you seek the AMG finish (Artex Mit Grit)
     
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    I have my 3 sand buckets and my plasters rinse bucket ready for tomorrow’s wash!

    NOT allowed! That's the 4 Bucket Method o_O:dk:
     
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    Welcome to the black car club! The quest for perfection will drive you crazy but you'll love it. :)

    SPONGE ! That's just asking for swirl marks. Get yourself a decent wash mit.
     
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    I'm no closet detailer but the two bucket method makes sense to me and doesn't take any longer than washing the car with one bucket, so why not.
     
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    Yes, sponges are guaranteed scratch magnets and so last century! @PobodY - Go stand in the corner and have a long hard think about what you have done. You've let us all down but more importantly, you've let yourself down ;) :D

    With tongue now removed from cheek, I would add that wash pads are actually superior to wash mitts. The reasoning is they produce less pressure on the paint surface than a wash mitt. With your hand inside a mitt you have halved the distance to the car and consequently increased your application pressure and thus the abrading power of any grit particle accidentally trapped in the mitt. Many mitts also come with rough elasticated cuffs with seams which could accidentally contact the paintwork. Have a look at this wash pad if you want to see the pinnacle in natural lambswool pads:

    dooka OSHA wash pads

    or if you prefer the longevity of a synthetic wash pad:

    Microfiber Madness Incredipad | Microfiber Madness Car Care & Detailing Products
     
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    Smarty pants :rolleyes:
     
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    Ah. Although I don't use the second bucket, I do use a mitt... but it's getting a bit tired so maybe it is time to buy a pad!?
     

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