Time to wash
For this article, we will concentrate on using the 1 bucket that came with your Little Intro Kit, but washing is best done with the 2 bucket method, utilising a second bucket as a rinse bucket.
Always do any car washing in the shade, with the paint cool to the touch for best results. Not doing this can cause the water and the wash suds to evaporate faster than you'd like, possibly leading to water spots on the glass and paint!
The Wash Bucket and Great Barrier Thingy is a match made in heaven. Place your Great Barrier Thingy into the bottom of your Wash Bucket before you start washing your car to make sure you’re going to be trapping as much dirt as possible in the bottom of your bucket. We would strongly recommend purchasing a second bucket to go with this kit, to use as a separate rinse bucket. You would put the Great Barrier Thingy into the bottom of the rinse bucket when you use the 2 bucket method.
We like to start by cleaning our wheels first, as they are generally the dirtiest part of the car, and the grime off them is not what you want going onto your freshly washed car. Also, it's more time efficient to wash afterwards, so you don’t have the rinse water sitting on your cars panels for a longer period after washing.
We've always liked using pressure washers to help detail our cars, and they help a lot with wheel cleaning. If you don’t have a pressure washer, and you’re using a hose, or your wheels needed some extra cleaning after the pressure washer, we recommend our dedicated Wheels bucket (place a Great Barrier Thingy in it if you like – if you don’t have our dedicated Wheels bucket, you can use the Wash bucket, just rinse it out very well after doing the wheels, then fill it with fresh, clean water before washing your vehicle) Add half a capful of Nanolicious Wash and then fill it to the desired level and suds it up using the hose or pressure washer. Get the bucket situated next to the first wheel you are going to clean.
Grab the bottle of Wheely Clean Mini Me and spray 6-8 sprays all around the surface of the wheel. Using your desired Wheel Woolie or wheel brush, dip it into the Wheels (or Wash) bucket mixture and wash the wheel face and dish thoroughly. Rinse the dirty brushes out to clean off the grime and dirt and then go back to the Wheels (or Wash) bucket and continue cleaning. This will keep your wash water clean and effective. Once you're happy the wheel is clean, rinse it clean with your pressure washer or hose and move onto the next wheel. Continue this procedure on each wheel till the job is done.
With your Great Barrier Thingy in the Wash Bucket, fill the bucket with approximately 7-8L of water. Add in 1 capful of Nanolicious Wash, and then froth it up nicely with either the jet function of your hose, or preferably with a pressure washer.
Start by pressure washing the car down, or giving it a good blast with the jet function on your hose. We do this to remove any heavier bits of dirt and other contamination. Put your Shagtastic Wash Pad into your suds solution, giving It a gentle squeeze while it’s in there to really suck up all the suds it can. Then, starting from the top of the car first, gently wash the whole car, being sure to wipe the Shagtastic Wash Pad over the Great Barrier Thingy when it goes back into your bucket, to ensure any dirt and grime picked up from the car goes to the bottom of the bucket and is trapped by The Great Barrier Thingy.
Once washed, rinse the whole car off with a nice gentle stream of water from the hose. At this point we want to flood the panels with water to help remove as much water from the surface as possible, so there’s less to dry.