The Cutting - Washing & rinsing
After cleaning the wheels, the next step is to wash the car. If you have the Snow Blow Cannon and any of our snow foams already, and would like to start with that, then you most certainly can do that as your pre wash.
If you have a pressure washer, we recommend to give the vehicle a good pressure wash down first, to help remove any heavier dirt and grime before you start washing - this reduces the chance of inflicting wash induced swirl marks in the paint. If you don't have a pressure washer, use the "Jet" setting or similar on your hose (as we have in this article and video), and rinse the car down thoroughly.
Grab a bucket or two of your choosing - we have a Wash and Rinse bucket available separately if you wish (as well as a Great Barrier Thingy to put in the bottom of the bucket to stop dirt from swirling back up into your clean wash water). We strongly recommend 2 buckets - one for clean rinse water, and one for your wash water. The idea here is to dip your wash tool into the wash water, wash a section of the car, then bring your wash tool back into the clean rinse water and ring it out in there, before going back into the wash water and washing the next section, to stop dirt and contamination going into your wash water as much as possible.
Into your wash bucket, 3/4 fill it with water, then add 1 capful (30ml) of Wax Wash and froth it up with either the pressure washer, or the hose, so it gets a nice head of suds, and to release that craft beer smell.
Dip your wash tool into the wash suds (we're using a Wash Pillow here) and let the suds soak into it for a couple seconds, then starting at the roof of the car, gently wash in a back and forth motion, then side to side so that you don't miss any spots. We prefer not to go in circles when washing - not because it will create swirl marks, but because when you do small circles, there's always a bit that you miss. When you wash up and down, then back and forth, you are guaranteeing that you don't miss any spots.
After washing the first section, dip your mitt into the clean rinse water and thrash it about and/or squeeze the suds out so that any dirt or grime leaves the wash tool, then dunk it back into the wash suds and do the next section of the vehicle, leaving the lower dirtier sections till last.
Once you've washed the whole car, rinse the suds off thoroughly (NOTE: if you're washing in the sun, rinse the suds off periodically - don't let them dry on the paint).