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Old 11-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #1
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Junkman's 2-Bucket Car Wash Videos

(I don't know why I have never posted these here before but here they are!)

In this video series, I talk about and show my method of a 2-bucket wash. From start to finish, I cover every step in how to wash a car without creating damage to the paint. Every step in this process is critical to the preservation of your paint and as most of you know, I have the paint to show for it. For those who don't know, I'll provide the pictorial proof.

So sit back, watch and enjoy. This video series, like all the other ones that I have done is not absent of my usual screw ups. What can I say, it's another "brutha' in his garage production!"






















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Old 11-18-2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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For those wondering where to start, these videos are the foundation of properly caring for your car. Junkman, thanks for sharing these with the group. If ever there was a "Step One" video, this is it! Frankly, he has step 2, 3, 4,5 & 6 down too, but anyone new, should start here
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Thanks Junkman. Just watched this video set again. Always helpful and pick up something. Full of info!
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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For those wondering where to start, these videos are the foundation of properly caring for your car. Junkman, thanks for sharing these with the group. If ever there was a "Step One" video, this is it! Frankly, he has step 2, 3, 4,5 & 6 down too, but anyone new, should start here
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Great series!

Junkman, for part 3, if you ever get a chance, watch this at 8:00 to 8:30




I've never thought of using a foam gun in that manner and it is very ingenious! What are your thoughts?

I have a foam cannon so it wouldn't work for me, but it's still something pretty cool nonetheless.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:07 PM   #7
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Great series!

Junkman, for part 3, if you ever get a chance, watch this at 8:00 to 8:30

I've never thought of using a foam gun in that manner and it is very ingenious! What are your thoughts?

I have a foam cannon so it wouldn't work for me, but it's still something pretty cool nonetheless.
It's not going to hurt anything by doing it that way but you are going to go through a lot of soap. Also, it takes two hands to hold the foam gun AND the hose in order to keep it from banging against the car. Notice that he never showed that technique while reaching ACROSS the car. The hose will scuff up the paint for sure.

The whole purpose of foaming is to loosen up any dirt that may be matted to the clear coat. Most people using a foam gun are not going to go mudding with their vehicle so the initial rinse and foam bath should loosen any and all dirt on the car. You can always foam, rinse and then foam again if you feel that you have a substantial amount of dirt on your car.

By the way, I should add that I don't use a leaf blower to dry the car anymore, I use a Air Force Master Blaster. Right now, Amazon has the cheapest price that I have seen them going for. Also, I use DP's Xtreme Foam Formula in my foam gun now. It puts out the richest foam compared to everything that I have used.



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Interesting that you started bringing up Adam's again so much :emoticon7:
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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It's not going to hurt anything by doing it that way but you are going to go through a lot of soap. Also, it takes two hands to hold the foam gun AND the hose in order to keep it from banging against the car. Notice that he never showed that technique while reaching ACROSS the car. The hose will scuff up the paint for sure.

The whole purpose of foaming is to loosen up any dirt that may be matted to the clear coat. Most people using a foam gun are not going to go mudding with their vehicle so the initial rinse and foam bath should loosen any and all dirt on the car. You can always foam, rinse and then foam again if you feel that you have a substantial amount of dirt on your car.
I was just thinking of it as a way to have a two bucket wash but only with one bucket: the rinse bucket. If the soap bucket is only for soap and you can supply all your soap from the foam gun, that's one less bucket to worry about But yeah the whole hose against the paint is something to definitely worry about!

Either way, these points aren't for me as I no longer do the two bucket wash more than once every few months. I know you're not a fan, but I'm totally on the rinseless and washless system now. Opticoat plus that 2x a week means no dirts is literally ever on my car lol
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There is definitely not a safer way to wash a car other than the 2-bucket wash. There may be other ways that people may subscribe to (I don't), but the 2-bucket wash is definitely the safest. A 1-bucket wash is just begging for scratches. As for rinseless, there is one thing that can't be denied. The more lubrication you use when washing a car, the safer it is for the paint. That's why I would never do a rinseless wash. Then again, that's why my paint looks the way it does.
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There is definitely not a safer way to wash a car other than the 2-bucket wash. There may be other ways that people may subscribe to (I don't), but the 2-bucket wash is definitely the safest. A 1-bucket wash is just begging for scratches. As for rinseless, there is one thing that can't be denied. The more lubrication you use when washing a car, the safer it is for the paint. That's why I would never do a rinseless wash. Then again, that's why my paint looks the way it does.
How would a 1 bucket wash using the guy's method for soap (ie foam gun as you glide the mitt across) and then rinsing in a rinse bucket be any different than a two bucket wash? Not arguing with you, just curious
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How would a 1 bucket wash using the guy's method for soap (ie foam gun as you glide the mitt across) and then rinsing in a rinse bucket be any different than a two bucket wash? Not arguing with you, just curious
IMHO, no. One, it's going to cost you more money because you're going to use a LOT more soap. Two, although you rinse the wash mitt in the rinse bucket, there is always a chance that some particles of dirt are going to get past your rinse. By submerging the wash mitt into the rinse bucket and then into the soap bucket again, you are completely submerging your mitt twice, which means that you get double the opportunity to dislodge any dirt caught in the mitt.

Depending on the mitt that you use, some of them are a little more prone to holding onto dirt particles. That's why I use that green knobby mitt that I do use, instead of those wool pads that I show in the videos. Those wool mitts would leave very fine scratches in my paint. It took me a while to figure out where they were coming from. Those green knobby mitts never have left any scratches whatsoever and they only sell that exact mitt at of all places, Auto Zone for $6..

You can find mitts that look like that one but trust me, Auto Zone is the only place that I have found one like that that didn't scratch my paint whatsoever. All of the similar looking ones did. That how I learned. I think they call it 'the hard way'.
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No, your Camaro collection is the best! How do you decide which one to drive?
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IMHO, no. One, it's going to cost you more money because you're going to use a LOT more soap. Two, although you rinse the wash mitt in the rinse bucket, there is always a chance that some particles of dirt are going to get past your rinse. By submerging the wash mitt into the rinse bucket and then into the soap bucket again, you are completely submerging your mitt twice, which means that you get double the opportunity to dislodge any dirt caught in the mitt.

Depending on the mitt that you use, some of them are a little more prone to holding onto dirt particles. That's why I use that green knobby mitt that I do use, instead of those wool pads that I show in the videos. Those wool mitts would leave very fine scratches in my paint. It took me a while to figure out where they were coming from. Those green knobby mitts never have left any scratches whatsoever and they only sell that exact mitt at of all places, Auto Zone for $6..

You can find mitts that look like that one but trust me, Auto Zone is the only place that I have found one like that that didn't scratch my paint whatsoever. All of the similar looking ones did. That how I learned. I think they call it 'the hard way'.
Makes sense to me

Interesting about the autozone mitt. For now, I like my Cobra Chenille Wash Mitt and it hasn't scratched my paint that I can tell though so I'm happy
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Thanks for posting these videos. I learned so much from them the first time I watched them.
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Thought I spotted some imperfections in one of your photos.... turns out it was just dust on my monitor.
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Thanks for posting those videos, Junkman!
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Thanks for posting those videos, Junkman!
No problem. There are plenty more where these came from.
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Now I need to buy a foam gun!
I wonder if I can add that to my birthday list?
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