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a sponge from a bucket?

im a bit old school ... and i previously for my other cars just:

1) hosed down the car to clear the surface of loose dirt
2) then sponge in a bucket of decent car wash & gently apply it to the car with the sponge
3) hose down the car again to get rid of the sud
4) wipe dry with a sheep skin chammy ...

do people still do this? or will i be breaking all the rules of proper car care for a gtr? (matte paint)
 

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Times have changed my friend. Paint ain't like it used to be, not to mention Nissan paint is crap.

I start with cleaning the interior (wipe down inside with dampened microfiber cloth with mild soap water, rinse with just water dampened microfiber, then dry with dry microfiber, interior glass, then vacuum), then wheels, door jam areas (doors, trunk, and hood), and finally exterior.

Two bucket method with a nice Meguier's wool hand mitt (can get cheap through Amazon) is what I use and I even have full clear bra wrap. Once done, you can blow dry or just use microfiber absorbing towels.

Don't forget to drive the car little once done to get the rust off from rotors to avoid sticking.
 

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I don`t think you`ll catch anyone using a sponge these days! Like GT-R Marine says the two bucket method,i prefer the micro fiber wash mitt though. But first rinse the car, then a covering of snow foam, rinse again then wash. Pat dry with clean micro fiber towels to avoid swirls. I then finish off with Chemical Guys V7 Yes the paint is crap so you have to be careful. All this if you are indeed allowed to wash with water. Personally i like Chemical Guys Mr Pink for washing and Honeydew Snow Foam although i suppose we all have our favourites.
 

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I used to use a sponge until it wore out. Now I use a dish towel in a bucket of water with dishwashing soap. Dry off with a towel. No issues with my paint. It's a 2013. I've been washing cars that way for 45 years. Sometimes old school works just fine!
 

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I used to use a sponge until it wore out. Now I use a dish towel in a bucket of water with dishwashing soap. Dry off with a towel. No issues with my paint. It's a 2013. I've been washing cars that way for 45 years. Sometimes old school works just fine!
I assume you do not put any protection such as wax or sealants....and the color of your car is white?
 

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Youtube Larry AMMO NYC. He's got some good info for basic washing all the way up to paint correction.
 

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I used to use a sponge until it wore out. Now I use a dish towel in a bucket of water with dishwashing soap. Dry off with a towel. No issues with my paint. It's a 2013. I've been washing cars that way for 45 years. Sometimes old school works just fine!
lmao, I love this. Keep it in perspective, it's just a car
 

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I still do use the bucket method. It's still instill some micro scratches that need to be removed via polishing/light compounding, but I will only need it every other year or so.....
 

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I use a two bucket method also and use a microfiber cloth to wash with... but on the back bumber I have to use a sponge as nothing else seems to get the soot off...
 

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Here is 1 added tip for those of us who have hard water ..........
After a rinse with power washer, I rinse with a 5 gallon bottle of pure drinking water. The power washer will suck the clean water
thru the system and the result is almost no water spots.
Arizona is the worst place for bad water, this does work.
 
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